Same Stamp, New Season

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

When you see a floral themed stamp set, do you usually think spring and summer?  I know I do!  I love getting out bright markers or paints and creating bold blooms that “pop” against white card stock, but there’s no reason to tuck those floral stamps away when the cool, Fall air hits.  My project today shows how to bring a floral stamp you might have a tendency to use for more bright and Summer-y cards into Fall.

This is an example of one project I made a while ago using this stamp set from Avery Elle called, Floral Bouquet, with bright colors……

I brought this same stamp set into the Fall season by adding some richer colors and an ink blending technique.  I began by stamping the main floral cluster along with some leaves and extra flowers using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing the images with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder.

To give a sort of “burnished” Fall appearance, I used Distress Oxide inks in Candied Apple, Evergreen Bough, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade to color the flowers and leaves.  I did this before cutting them out with the matching dies.  This technique is really easy if you use a mini ink dauber.  I started with the Candied Apple in the middle and worked my way out with Spiced Marmalade, ending with Squeezed Lemonade.

The inks blend effortlessly with barely any pressure.  You can add more color and blend as you need to.

I love the way this looks with the darker, richer colors.  You can turn any kind of flower into a “Fall flower” I think, just by the colors you add.  That’s what makes stamping fun!

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the “grateful” from Ranger’s Letter It Clear Stamp Set-Thank You on to a strip of vellum using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I wanted to wrap it around a panel of burlap for the front of a white note card, so I scored either side of the strip with my mini scoring board.

I wrapped the strip around the burlap and taped it in place.  I also added a little bit of Scor-Tape behind the front of the strip to keep it flat.

After arranging the floral cluster, I added the “for you” from the set and tucked it behind one of the blooms.  Adding additional flowers and leaves with foam squares gives a really nice 3D effect.

Thanks for joining me today– I hope this project has inspired you continue using your floral stamps for all seasons of the year!

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