I love flowers. I’ve never been very good at keeping them alive, but I keep trying. My great grandmother grew the most beautiful irises on her farm in Kentucky – she had her own breeds. Those genes did not get passed on to me. My mom used to joke that we didn’t have green thumbs, we had gangrene thumbs. But I’m happy to report that we are both recovering and becoming better gardeners.
Thankfully, there are some flowers that I can’t kill no matter what. They grow best on paper with a bit of ink. One of my favorite varieties is from the Hello Lovely Stamp Set from Concord & 9th (smooth segue, eh?).
To make this card, I first stamped the floral spray in white pigment ink onto an A2-sized panel of kraft card stock, and then again onto another A2-sized panel of card stock in a dark teal. (I used a flat card from the paper bar at Paper Source, but that doesn’t look to be available online, so I linked to a comparable color from My Favorite Things in the supply list at the end of this post) I used my MISTI to make sure the stamp was aligned in the same spot on both card panels. I chose to stamp off-center for some added interest.
I heat-set the floral stamp by embossing it with clear powder. I did this because I wanted to blend some white ink over the flower to “color” it, but I didn’t want to lose the outline. And in my experience, white pigment ink takes forEVER to set (even with heat).
Then I trimmed the kraft panel down so that the teal would peek from behind. Then I centered the the “I Just Adore You” die from the “You’re My Happy” die set from C9 and ran it through my die-cut machine. I used the frame from the “Friend Like You” die set to finish off the sentiment. I added a few white enamel dots for embellishment.
I am entering this card into this month’s Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, where the theme is Floral (swoon!):
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