Saturday, April 4, 2015

365 Cards: Flower Patch For You

Happy Saturday, happy almost Easter, and welcome to another JAX Starz Blog Hop! This month we decided to challenge each other to make something with flowers to inspire you!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Susan Best's blog.  You can follow the full blog hop lineup below to move along from blog to blog, so you can see all of the new projects.

For this month's theme challenge I had the worst time choosing which flower stamp set I wanted to use. I must have changed my mind at least ten times! #stamphoarderproblems ;) Anyway, I finally decided to use my Flower Patch stamps! This is a fun set to play with -- infinite possibilities of combinations you could use to make pretty flowers!

Notice that fun pattern on my embossed polka dots and wonder how to do it? Well I first saw it done on this card by Sarah Sagert and it stumped me... what?! how?! I just couldn't figure it out! Well, I finally broke down and emailed Sarah to ask her! She was so sweet and helpful -- told me that she used her 3/4" punch to create a mask, then stamped it with her Six-Sided Sampler stamps using the mask. GENIUS! I followed the exact same technique, just with a different ink color. Thanks Sarah!! :)

I also used this sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog! I saw it and thought it would be perfect for what I was thinking of making for today's card! :)

Some Stampin' Tips:
  • Test Stamp Your Flowers. I found it easiest to use these stamps by just putting all the ones I thought I wanted to use on blocks, then playing with them using copier paper. I found the color combos I liked and the stamp combos I liked really quickly without wasting my precious cardstock in the process! :) 
  • Coordinating Framelits. Stampin' Up! always does a great job providing coordinating products and this stamp set/framelit combo is no exception! To use, I figured out about halfway through, it's actually easier to die cut your piece first, then stamp it (this is backwards of my normal process)... it allows you greater accuracy, particularly on the smaller pieces like the centers of the flowers! 
  • Layer the Same Color to Get Depth. I used Crumb Cake as my base, embossed a mat using the Large Polka Dots, then stamped with Crumb Cake on the circles using a mask (see above), then added a strip to anchor the linen thread, and finished it off by adding my sentiment stamped with an edge of Crumb Cake on a Crumb Cake die cut banner. All that detail and depth, but still looks pretty clean and simple in the end because I used the same color repeatedly! Have you ever tried doing similar layering of the same color? :)

Alright, that's all I have today..... the next stop is Cari Verschueren on this month's Jax Starz Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next time!

Full Jax Starz Blog Hop Line-Up:

Amanda Sevall -- you are here!
Cari Verschueren
Rose Ann Marr
Susan Best

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  1. Cute, love the polka dots. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love it! These colors are great and I love the masking technique!

  3. I'm glad you explained that technique. I was wondering how you did it. So cool!

  4. Beautiful array of flowers! The colors are so pretty against your dotted background!


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