Right now we’re in the middle of a terrific thunderstorm and watching the lightning website it really is all around us. So today’s blog post is going to be a quick one. Fortunately the project I have for you is super simple. It all hinges on the large floral image from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.
SIMPLE GET WELL CARD
First though I chose my colour scheme and for what I had in mind black and white was perfect. I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Basic Black Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
I also cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card to line the card base and then I was ready to stamp.
For my sentiment I turned to the new Through It Together Stamp Set. This set has 21 supportive sentiments in a variety of fonts. They’re nicely sized and great for using with any images you may have to hand.
I chose “Praying for blankets of healing around you and yours” and stamped it onto some Thick Basic White Card using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I cut it out using a die from the Ornate Frames Dies and set it aside. Now I was ready for the large floral image from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.
Using Tuxedo Black ink once again I stamped the large flower onto some Thick Basic White Card. Next I stamped it coming in from the bottom right on the Basic White layer I’d cut earlier. Then finally I stamped it in the same place on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope.
All I needed to do now was get to work with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. Using the fine tip of the marker I began to add extra lines to the images.
First, on the leaves I drew some feathered lines along one edge of each leaf.
Next, on the small flower it was more of a small zig-zag line around the top of each petal. Then I added a few straight lines from the top of each petal in towards the centre.
That just left the large flower and for this I took each individual petal in turn. At the base of each petal I first drew some short diagonal lines. Then I drew some more diagonal lines going in the opposite direction. Once the base of the large flower and all the petals were done I turned to the partial image on the Basic White layer and repeated the process. When that image was done I was ready to put the card together.
PENNED OR NOT PENNED?
I wanted the focus to be on the flower and sentiment so I decided to keep the front of the card as simple as possible.
Using the coordinating die from the Penned Petals Dies I first cut out the flower from the Thick Basic White Card.
Next I tucked the stem behind the top of the die-cut sentiment, and had one leaf overlapping on the front. Then with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I added the flowers and sentiment to the front of my card base.
Finally I glued the Basic White layer inside the card base and with that my project was complete.
I have to say I really love how this hand-penned project turned out. It’s such a simple technique that makes a big difference to the floral image. Look at the first photo again and compare the original image stamped on the envelope with the altered image on the card. I was going to leave it like that, but now I’m not so sure.
So, should I leave the envelope as it is, or should I add the extra lines? Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp set and coordinating Penned Flowers Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% of the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included links to both options in case you want to explore this further.