Well I’m reaching the halfway point of this little challenge to use the all stamps from Claritystamp’s 2020 monthly new design club over the 12 days of Christmas. Just the one card today, as I was a bit late getting to my craft desk – but I did get out for a walk in the frosty sunshine, which was lovely. No flowers to be seen on my walk this morning, but fortunately there are several on today’s stamp – June’s ‘gemstone flowers’.
I struggled a bit with inspiration using this stamp, but thankfully there were some great ideas from Dee Paramour in the project sheet that came with it and I decided to go with Dee’s suggestion of paper piecing. I started by stamping the flowers and gemstone onto a spare piece of designer paper and then cutting them out. I thought I’d got the flowers on paper that was more yellow in tone, but they didn’t look it once cut out. Never mind,
I then stamped the image onto a piece of white card and die cut it into a circle with one of the nested dies. I tore a piece of copy paper and added the ground using ‘mowed lawn’ Distress Oxide and a blending brush. I had tried shading the flowers further with my Spectrum Noir pencils, but the shading didn’t really show up. I glued them and the gemstone in place on the image, and coloured the leaves with a dark green pencil.
I then mounted it onto another piece of designer paper – this one is from the ‘Barb’s Favourite Paper’ pack. I added a dark green mount behind that, but first put the designer paper onto a piece of white card with a very narrow border. I find this looks much better if I’m putting two darker pieces of card together. FInally, I stamped the sentiment from ‘Tina’s flowers and butterflies’ set in Archival ‘fern green’, and trimmed the end of white card into a banner shape before attaching it across the top of the circle.
And that’s all there is to it! Was that from the Generation Game? I’m clearly showing my age now!!