I have far too many 6x6 pads, and today I pulled a sheet out of the Happy Day collection by My Minds's Eye. This subtle pink and white polka dot paper was perfect for my project.
I am using the lessons from the latest Online Card Class - Stretch Your Stamps 2, and am paper piecing a hydrangea stamp by Penny Black from the Flower Festival Stamp Set., a la Shari Carroll. I love this technique of layering portions of the stamped image to create depth. I wanted the hydrangea to really give a feeling of round fullness. I think I achieved that goal.
I stamped the flower once on the white card and 4 times on the paper. Then I did a lot of fussy cutting. I really do not like fussy cutting, my eyes are too old for this and my hands get so sore, but I have to say the effect for this particular technique...really makes it worth the effort. The tiny black frame is a die cut from Simon Says Stamp called Frames. I cut out the center panel using the die, and colored the skinny section with a black sharpie. No wasted cardstock!
I colored the leaves with Distress Markers (Bundled Sage, Forest Moss). After adding the layers I had cut to the panel using a combination of wet glue and foam dots, I added some Enamel Accents in black to the flower centers, the image is too small for my smallest pearls.
The background looked too plain to me, so out came some Heidi Swapp Gold color shine. I flicked some spots on the panel. Then I layered the black frame and the stamped and paper pieced image onto the pink card base.
The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp set More Sketchy Banner Greetings, as is the die to cut it out. I actually cut two pieces of vellum, and layered them on top of each other with a bit of clear foam just enough to get them to stick together, and then put a good layer of foam under the bottom layer. It is almost invisible vellum placement.
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