Hi, there! Today I am back again to share another project I created as a guest for Papertrey Ink this month. If you missed my first project, you can see that HERE. Today, I’ll share with you one of the ways I like to color my images without actually coloring anything. Let’s get started…
Step 1: Emboss & Cut
The first image I went for with the new Towering Stems set was the bouquet wrap. I love how this image has several layers, so you have options to chose from. As you can see, I stamped it in brown on kraft and also in black on white before settling on white embossing on vellum.
Step 2: More Embossing & Cutting
I searched through my patterned paper pads & scraps and found several smaller patterns I thought would work for the blooms and went to town stamping, embossing, and die cutting a ton, so I would have plenty to work with.
Step 3: Assemble
Once I had several little blooms, I glued them to the stems and started piecing together the bouquet as if they were real little flowers to arrange.
I found using my tweezers quite helpful for handling the tiny bits as well as holding the paper while heat embossing since they’re also heat resistant. (Another cheaper & ergonomic option I have my eyes on is this pair.)
Step 4: Secure
Once my bouquet was perfectly positioned, I laid a piece of low-tack tape over the bouquet, so everything would stay in place while I flipped it over to add adhesive.
(I like this tape in particular because it has never torn my paper, doesn’t leave dents when I roll through my die cutting machine, I can tear it by hand quickly, use it for masking techniques, and it’s sturdy enough to use several times before it needs replacing.)
Step 5: Base Layers
The base of my card is a top folding A2, so I trimmed a layer of striped patterned paper to 4.25″x5.5″. I couldn’t bear the though of wasting the whole sheet, so I quickly cut a tag I can use in the future from the center before adhering it to my card base. I then gave a bit of watercolor paper a wash of watercolor before trimming it out with the medium sized die from the Double Cuts: Rectangles die set.
Step 6: Stitching
Now I was ready to start assembling the layers together. Since I don’t like my stitching to show through to the inside of the card, I opted to add decorative stitching at this point. I also added a bit of white twine around the bouquet.
Step 7: Assembly & Embellishment
For assembly, I layered the striped pattern directly onto the A2 card base while the watercolor layer & bouquet are popped up with a bit of foam adhesive. For a sentiment, I layered one of the Don’t Forget to Write labels over a white stitched die cut circle and popped it up with foam adhesive as well. And for the final touch, I added a bit of iridescent sequins.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this card as much as I had creating it. I have one more project to share with you from this month’s Papertrey Ink release, so I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog or visit again very soon.
– Laura Evangeline