Blissful blossoms

It is hard to believe I haven’t inked this pretty stamp before now. I made up for it by repeat stamping on a large panel to make into a set of cards. I put the 10″x 7″ hot pressed watercolour panel in my stamp positioning tool and ended up stamping PB ‘blissful blossoms’ four times.

Each time I stamped I followed the same order. First I inked the whole stamp in scattered straw distress ink and dabbed some wild honey and abandoned coral ink here and there on the flowers, spritzed it with water. After stamping I cleaned the stamp, then inked all the stems and leaves in peeled paint ink, spritzed and stamped again. I kept partially inking with markers, spritzing and stamping until the flowers were well coloured. Before moving the panel and stamp to do another print I blended over the stamping with a paint brush and water.

I repeated the process three more times to fill the panel. I was able to orient the stamp so the stems and flowers filled the space and looked like one big patterned panel.

Once the panel was done I had to decide how to divide it for different designs. I could have done four of the same card but no, I wanted to come up with a few options. I pulled out a pretty PB die, a PB sentiment set and some green cardstock to create a set of five cards.

The decorative die does not cut right across, it cuts out the scroll work but scores either side for folding. On several of the cards I cut on the score line for a border instead of a fold.

By double matting and popping up the panel even the last scrap became a card. All the sentiments are from the handy dandy ‘happy snippets’ set.


Stamps: blissful blossoms, happy snippets (PB)

Dies: pop on a fold -royal swirl (PB)

Inks: scattered straw, dried marigold, abandoned coral, peeled paint, versamark, shady line versafine clair

Markers: peeled paint, dried marigold, abandoned coral, ground espresso

Cardstock: hot pressed watercolour, neenah cream, olive green

Also: Stamp positioner, white embossing powder, linen twine

14 Comments on “Blissful blossoms”

  1. mjmarmo says:

    Simply gorgeous cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Mary Ann says:

    SO pretty – and a good use of all your original panel – you wouldn’t want to waste any of that beautiful stamping!! Makes me long for Spring – but with snow expected this weekend, your cards will have to do (though winter does have a beauty all its own).

  3. Wow that is gorgeous, love all the different way you use that panel

  4. Char Applegate says:

    What a clever and inspiring way to use this stamp. I appreciate the details you give us on the use of colors. Thank you!

  5. Vicki B says:

    You created a piece that looks like printed designer paper! It’s just lovely and I really like all the cards you created with it!

  6. Chrystal Lewis says:

    Just beautiful, Is the flower stamp a new one from PB?

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    What a pretty collection of cards from one mother panel.The colours you have used are beautiful, and the clever use of the die is inspiring.Thank you Heather.

  8. Pat says:

    What a great idea to cover a large sheet of card with these pretty flowers Heather, and then use it to make five fabulous cards with the added flourishy die cut, and the lines of string on the first which works well too. The colours are so pretty too and love the contrast with the dark green card. x

  9. Jan Pignanelli says:

    Just lovely, Heather! I bet they are even prettier in person! Thanks for the explanation on that inking technique. ;))

  10. Fran Holt says:

    Gorgeous cards, Heather. Maybe a class incorporating this technique?

  11. memalagene says:

    WOWZERS Gorgeous stamping!

  12. […] making a gift set of cards with the ‘blissbloss’ stamp I was inspired follow the same process with another stamp set. This time I used Alexandra […]

  13. Sherry Hester says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

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