Jul 23

Custom made floral papers

Written by: iwona    28 Comments

I was telling my FB peeps a few days ago, how much I’d love to see a brand new, two-three step stamp set on the market, which would allow me to create vintage-style floral arrangements full of old English roses, wild flowers and whatnot. Then we started exchanging thoughts on the existing sets which allow us to do just that and it led me to wondering how the heck it happened that I never used those teeny tiny roses in The Sweet Life (PTI), to create a custom background. Intimidation, I suppose – because they truly are small and that yields a lot of stamping. But hey, it’s WORTH it, guys 🙂

I stamped those small roses all over the PTI Rustic White card, and filled the gaps with the equally small flowers from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals & leaves from Folk Art Florals. Then I covered the card with a layer of vellum to mute down the colours, but left a rim around the card for an interesting peek-out accent.
For the focal point, I die cut and stamped the trio of large roses from The Sweet Life, plus the foliage, and stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello directly on vellum.

I based this card on this CTS#85 layout:

I was still feeling creative after I finished with this one, and I attempted one more floral background – this time with my recent favourite (and not mine only, seeing everyone’s enthusiasm!), Altenew‘s Painted Flowers. I also multi-stamped them with a variety of inks including white, which gave the pattern a fresh, crisp feel. This time I used a light gray cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Fog, which is seriously so, SO yummy I can hardly stand it.
See that subtle texture on the surface of the paper? This is what gets me every time. I learnt that while many people look out for for the smoothest cardstock, I tend to appreciate the natural look that gives off the feel of a hand-made paper. Delish!

I decorated the top part of the card with some washi tape, a strip of cardstock in a matching yellow colour, the sentiment assembled with the help of Simon Says Stamp Hello You set, and a length of Hemptique twine. I also added some fake splatters from WPlus9 Ink Splats, also with white ink, in between the flowers.

This card in turn, is inspired by both the photo and the layout in the current Fusion challenge.

That’s all for today, stay warm fellow Aussies (brrrr!) and see you tomorrow!

Hello card


You card


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28 thoughts on “Custom made floral papers

  1. I love what you did with both sets of stamps and all that stamping was definitely worth it. I also love the way you have combined two sets. I am a huge fan of flower stamps and like to be able to create ‘textile-y’ inspired cards. Like you I just adore the Painted Flowers set and have lost track of how many cards I have made with it.

  2. both of your cards are just lovely – just got “painted flowers” – need a little more practice on lining up the layers before i would attempt making a background tho.

    • Hi Betti, don’t stress too much about the perfect layering of these beauties! I’m sure at least 2/3 of the flowers on the 2nd card are not layered how they’re supposed to be. And you know? Imperfection is what makes them more interesting! Try it for yourself and you’ll see – take a set making up one bloom and stack them a little differently each time – especially the middle layer (shade) ’cause the base layer and outline are fairly easy to align. You’ll see that all of your samples will be looking great enough 🙂

  3. I loooooove these!!!! I need to get the PTI stamp set soon. I hope these stamps work with distress inks? Or if you can recommend any other brand they’d work better with, it’ll be so very helpful!

    • I prefer not to use Distress Inks for stamping, because they give a blotchy, uneven impression. As you can see, I tried a multitude of other inks on my florals and I loved the PTI inks best in this configuration. Hero Arts and WPlus9 inks (also Simon Says inks) have the same formula that makes the ink even out on the paper once stamped, which may result in the impression losing its crispiness once dry – it so happened with the smallest roses in the first card where the first layer disappeared completely under he second one.
      For layering stamps I would recommend a dye ink which gives a sharp impression, like PTI, SU or the classic Memento. I wouldn’t necessarily ‘stack’ hybrid or pigment inks as they have a thicker, creamier consistency which may affect the look of layers, but they’re perfect for the finishing touch – the top layer, like I did on the first card. The crispiness of Versafine ink is unbeatable.

  4. I am lovin’ those fake splatters … and your coloring is perfection … so very glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  5. I am in love with your second card and how you created that pattern paper. The use of white is just brilliant. Never would have considered, white on white, but it works perfectly. It really does look like pattern paper. I’ll be casing this one (with credit to you of course 😉

  6. Oh these are both so beautiful, I think I’m more partial to the first I love the Victorian feel you achieved, so beautifully done.

  7. Oh, these are both gorgeous! I love your super pretty take on the sketch — I don’t think I’ve ever used those tiny flowers either. I love your wonderful stamping on the second card — it’s beautiful!

  8. You are such inspiration, Chupa! These are both stunning! (But my favorite is the first one! It should be framed on a wall.) Bad you!!! Because I want buy all the stamps you used.

  9. So lovely, your love of making pattern paper is so wonderful, so glad you share with us!! Thanks for joining us at FUSION!!!!!!

  10. Both of your cards are spectacular, Iwona! I have been ooh-ing and ahh-ing all over them to myself for the past few days and somehow forgot to mention to you how much I love them! 🙂

  11. Beautiful cards Chupa. Love the pretty roses. I have that set and you inspired me! I love that background you made! The Altanew flowers are so pretty. Love the colors.

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