Archive of ‘Flowering Desert’ category

Flowering Desert Sunset

Ok…I made it through a few blog posts without sharing a Flowering Desert card.  So, today I created a birthday card for a family member that I want to share.

A went with a watercolor background to create a sunset.  Same as before, I used my aqua painter and ink pads.  The colors from top to bottom are Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Soft Suede.  I stamped plants in the background then made a focal point out of the larger cactus.  To create that, I stamped the cactus with Granny Apple Green and added shading with a sponge dauber.

Around the edges I added Shaded Spruce to give depth.  It was stamped on Whisper White for a crisper image then fussy cut.  Dimensionals on the back made it stand out nicely.

As for the sentiment, I used words from Well Said heat embossed in black.  These stamps are cling stamps so I used the tip I showed you in a previous blog post about using washi tape.  You can go HERE to check it out.

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Butterflies Galore

It’s the time of year when we start looking forward to spring, especially those of us in the frigid cold areas of the country.  In Ohio we are experiencing the polar freeze and have wild chill temps around -25!  So to get away from the cold I stamped a beautiful butterfly card with the gorgeous new Butterfly Gala stamp set.

For color inspiration, I looked to the Sale-a-bration catalog.  The Designer Series Paper Botanical Butterfly is full of beautiful colors.  The blues and purple stood out so Highland Heather and Balmy Blue became my color palette.

The stamp used for this card has a small butterfly over a larger butterfly.  I created a pattern by stamping the butterflies in rows.  All of the small butterflies are colored with Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends and the larger are done with Balmy Blue.  The lighter of each color is in the center with darker shading around the edges.

With all that was going on in the background, I needed something to make my sentiment stand out.  A Stitched Circle of Highland Heather creates a base for the Butterfly Element to sit upon.  I love these wooden elements from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  They add extra dimension and interest to a project.  And even better….they are FREE with $50 product purchase!!  So now I have a place for my sentiment to go and stand out!  The sentiment came from a favorite stamp set of mine, Flowering Desert.  It’s heat embossed in white on Basic Black card stock to stand out from all the purple and blue.

I added a stamped envelope to make the look complete!  I know that I will be doing lots more with stamp set in the future, so fun to work with!!  If you’d like to make this card and need supplies, you can visit my online store and shop with me any time!  Just click on the link below!

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Watercolor Cactus

If  you look at my recent posts, you may notice that I am really into the new Flowering Desert stamp set.  Today’s idea is a little different.  I went with water color using an aqua painter and ink pads.

I love the water color effect.  It’s soft and has beautiful color variations.  I achieved this look very easily with just a few steps.

I stamped the cactus with Lemon Lime Twist on water color paper.  Using the aqua painter, I went over the original image to get the initial water color look.  Then with Granny Apple Green I added in more color gradually shading from the left to right.  In areas that I wanted a darker bit of color, I waited until the area was dry then layered on more.

Once I had the color the way I wanted it, I used my Light Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blend marker and added detail.

I added in a pop of color with Lovely Lipstick flowers on the cactus and a smaller plant in Shaded Spruce.  Last detail of the watercolor is a bit of sand using Soft Suede.  I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to use this card for, so the sentiment leaves it open for many things.  I used “Just a note…” from Home to Roost which you can get for FREE with a $50 product purchase!

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Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

I’ve been using the new FLOWERING DESERT stamp set from Stampin’ Up! all weekend.  It’s a bit of an escape from the 9 inches of snow we have gotten in just a little over 24 hours.  I love the refreshing sight of green instead of nothing but white!

I wanted the main cactus to “pop” so I did a very subtle background of Soft Sea Foam cactus in the background. Stamping off once gave the exact look I was going for.  You can see them, but very lightly.

The focal point cactus is stamped in Granny Apple Green on a layering of a die cut stitched square and Granny Apple Green card stock.  To make the sentiment stand out, I embossed white on black and layered it over top of the focal point.

Quick and easy card to bring warmth to a cold day!  I love bringing a bit of the desert to Ohio in the middle of winter.

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