Yesterday I allowed myself the creative freedom to sit down with a classic old stamp set and play, just for fun. The challenge was to work on my stash of birthday cards using only supplies I already had out on my desk, along with the help of my favorite colors of Distress and this sweet old floral set from Stampin’Up.
Now considering what a terrible mess my desk is, this challenge sounds much harder than it actually was. Even so, it did help me to use up a few paper scraps, and combine papers I might not of otherwise ever put together… let alone use this old Best Blossoms stamp set, circa 2006. And for that, I do have to say I feel pretty good!
I really do adore these flowers, old though they may be! And this Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, and Brushed Corduroy Distress combo is one of my absolute favorites. First step was inking the background watercolor paper in a light wash of pink and brown ink. And once dry, the leaves were stamped on top using both first and second generation stamping with the darker brown Brushed Corduroy ink. After all the leaves were stamped, I went over them with a wet paintbrush to soften and blur the outlines.
The flowers were stamped onto a separate piece of watercolor paper using Abandoned Coral Distress ink, and were once again softened with a wet paintbrush. I went back in with a heavier concentration of color in the middle of the flowers once they were dry, and added Antique Linen to the very centers. And finally, I added dots to the centers using my Vintage Photo Distress marker, before cutting them out and adding them to my card base with foam adhesive.
The thin strip of pink striped patterned paper was a leftover scrap from Simple Stories’ Summer Vibes collection, and the black woodgrain background is from Authentique’s new Beloved line. The sentiment is Sizzix. May Arts twine and a few craft sequins from my stash.
It really does feel good to use older supplies every once in awhile! I need to challenge myself more often. Of course that means not everything is still available… but I’ll try to link you to as much as I can below. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Markers VINTAGE PHOTO Ranger
May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap
3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent