Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Random Stamped Botanicals

My first experiences stamping in 2003 were making scrapbook pages with random stamping. They were really pitiful! I felt challenged to try my hand at the Heart 2 Heart random stamped background challenge to see if I could do any better. I decided to make a card for my most artistic friend to let her know I'm still praying for her after the loss of her mom.

I wanted to combine this challenge with the botanicals challenge at Try It On Tuesday. Before I started stamping my images I decided to random "stamp" some color with my small pigment inks. I wanted them to match the colors in the retired Paper Garden papers, so I used retired Buttercup and Blush along with Sweet Leaf and Thistle. First I just pressed and released each color but I wanted the color to be darker and not always square, so I pressed harder and twisted a little. I moved the stamping of each color across the page as if I was following a chevron, diagonally up and down. I didn't mind if there was a little overlap. I did need to use my heat tool between colors since pigment inks take longer to dry.  I should have taken a photo of those two steps, but maybe you can see the result below. I chose to stamp black outline flowers, leaves, and a butterfly, keeping each one on its own color. If you're new to random stamping, you sort of turn the stamp different directions as you go across the page.

 If I did it again, I think I'd consider whether the black line images had thick or thin lines and I'd keep them the same. The biggest flower stood out more than I wanted. So I covered this panel slightly with doily halves and used a large black butterfly cut using Cricut Artistry cartridge.

I used leftover pieces cut from the top and bottom of each piece to decorate the inside:

I'm glad I tried random stamping again, but enjoyed even more stamping with the small pigment inks first. I'll definitely try that again!

Thank you for visiting! May God bless your crafting and the recipients of your creations!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Background Random Stamping
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Things with Wings
Try It On Tuesday - Botanical

6.5" x 5" Card Recipe:
Paper - CTMH White Daisy Cardstock, Black cardstock,  retired Paper Garden patterned papers
Inks - CTMH Pigment Inks - Buttercup, Blush, Sweet Leaf, Thistle; Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps - CTMH: Happy to Be Friends (leaf), Lovely Birthday (large flower), retired Adore You SOTM (small flower), retired Your Beautiful Self (butterfly); Hero Arts Stamp and Cut-Prayers
Embellishments - CTMH gold glitter gems, 6" Wilton doily, gold and satin edged organdy ribbon
Tool - Cricut Artistry


Jutta K. Germany said...

A well done work
I love the colors and the creative style.
Greetings from Germany

Sue Reynolds said...

Really love your stamping and coloring technique...very creative and pretty. I'll have to try that in a future card. Thanks for sharing with us at Heart2Heart this week, and please check back on the other challenges here in March...you still have time to earn a Perfect Attendance/Addict badge.

Valerie-Jael said...

This is a really beautiful make, thanks so much for joining us at TIOT, hugs, Valerie

Mrs.B said...

A lovely card and such pretty colours.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

Ros Crawford said...

So lovely! Thank you for playing along at CCCB!!

Anna-Karin said...

Such a pretty card! Beautiful colours and the black butterfly is perfect. Thank you so much for joining us in our Things With Wings challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!!

Lauren said...

This is such a beautiful, whimsical card, and I love how you fixed the boldness of the flowers by adding that beautiful focal point butterfly! Thanks for joining us at H2H Challenges.

Stella said...

Such a lovely card! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Brandi said...

Lovely! I love the colours! Thanks for playing along with H2H challenges.

Brandi R
H2H Design Team