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Published on May 31st, 2013 | by Kristen Swain

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A Week’s Worth of Cards

Today, I wanted to share a way to use what you have, but to create in a way that makes a single stamp come to life in a variety of ways. Boredom is a great deterrent when you have time to create as you please. I am no expert stampers, but I love to use flower stamps as I feel they are versatile. One of my favorite things to do with flower stamps is to color them, cut them out and pop them up on my cards. It adds so much dimension, and just because our medium is two dimensional, doesn’t mean it has to look boring and flat!

As we get to know each other, (or maybe we already do!), you will find that I am a little bit of a cheapskate. I like items that do double duty in my office. So, I really love colored pencils, especially watercolor pencils. My kids sometimes grab them for school homework, and I can create with them and water to make something colorful and beautiful that doesn’t look like a coloring book page. I often saturate my colors, I just don’t really go for pastels, so I go between wetting the paper, and just dipping my pencil lead into water, which softens it and gives me that rich deep color I love. I also love getting multiple looks from a single stamp.

I created these as Thank You/Birthday/etc.. cards, but you could create a set of birthday cards that would be terrific to have on hand. After all, isn’t that the most popular reason to send a card?

Let’s begin. I am using a Hero Arts Poppy set of stamps that I love! I also have used lots of paper scraps, Stazon black ink, Faber Castell watercolor pencils, a water brush, scissors, adhesive, and other assorted embellishments. Any diecuts have been cut with my Cricut Expression.

Thank you card in red:

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On with the bright colors! I used my Cricut to cut out the label shape in cream, then I stamped it , and stamped out the Poppies on white cardstock. I used a deep red around the outside of the petals, and only blended using my water brush into the center of the flower, being careful to leave some of the white showing through, to give it that watercolor look. I also used a touch of black, as flower centers and a little shadow. I doubled up the label cut and highlighted the stamped flowers with red, black and cream. The sentiment is a Fiskars stamp. I often only use adhesive in the center of my cutouts, to add dimension to the flowers glued to the background.

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Next – Thank You in blue:

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For this card, I also cut out a diecut using my Cricut, a window makes a fun overlay for flowers. I simply used blue, and cut the background to fit behind the window. I also used some foam tape to pop it up for a more dimensional look. Again, I used the Faber Castell watercolor pencils around the outside edges of the flower, and stamped on a background of blue. I also used green to color in the stems. A couple buttons and ribbon bow accent the card. Another Fiskars Thank You stamp.

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Thanks ever so much:

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I cut out this bracket shape (Cricut) and used a distressing tool after I stamped it. I turned the Paper Smooches Thank You stamp on its side to fill in the large space to the side. A little orange paper really brings out the orange flowers, and a couple of buttons look great filling in the space at the top. These flowers were colored inside the flower and brought out so that the edges of the petals are lighter and more delicate looking. Black deepens the shadows in the center and adds to the flower center. I used a little twine to add a soft touch of fiber.

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Pink Peace and Love card:

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This card is much the same as the orange flowered card, but I have cut the background into a banner shape and filled the extra space of the card with a large bow. For the flowers, I added layers of pink to get them rich and solid looking. Again, I have pulled black in to give dimension and shadow to the flowers. Slightly curl the flowers edges to bring them off the background paper just a touch.  Add a Paper Smooches stamp greeting and patterned papers that coordinate.

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Teal Thank You:

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I really love the effect of a diecut with the flowers over the edges. I also love this color scheme. The teal pops! I used the teal pencil on the inside of the flower, and dragged the color to the outside edges. I dipped and softened my black pencil for the deep dark flower centers.  Adding the greeting over the flowers doesn’t diminish their effect, but it’s a nice way to add a greeting. I used a bit of the pretty rose ribbon from American Crafts. This one turned out to be my favorite of this group of cards.

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Sweet orange Thanks:

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After cutting out a large diecut, I wanted to make it smaller, so I cut off a portion of the bottom, and this time, I wanted my flowers to be more of a background paper. So I stamped, colored, cut out and trimmed any overhang. This is another technique to make your own beautiful patterned paper. I added some bright colors to this card with paper and twine. then made the greeting stamp (Fiskars) into a banner flag at the top.  This time, the orange went around the flower edges, blending into the flower center, where the black highlights the stamens. I put a touch of clear glitter in the centers of these flowers. Glitter rocks!

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Our 7th card today. Birthday!

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This card is pink on top of pink. I like strong pink. Even though the first pink was pretty, I wanted to add to it. So I used pink as an all over color, allowed the paper to dry mostly, then came back with a darker pink and colored strongly in the centers of the flowers, blending out. I used black as a shadow to define the petal edges. This card has lots of color, blue, teal, salmon, so it’s pretty, colorful, and works as a bright happy card. I finished it with a computer-printed greeting and tied some twine around with a button.

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I hope you have gotten some inspiration from this long post, 7 cards, all using the same technique, but with other techniques applied and variations of colors, they are all different from one another.

Kristen



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