Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Friday, July 03, 2015

You've Got This...

I've got this...we all have this! This stamp set just may be the most popular stamp set from the new catalog. It was available during the pre-order, and at the time I resisted. But...since I love flowers (especially peonies) and the large, cross hatch background that comes with it is so awesome...I knew I wouldn't be able to hold out for too long! Yes, I am weak!

So I sat down to play with it the other night looking for the easiest way to use the background behind the flower image. I experimented with a few different ways of doing this, and I thought I'd share because you might find it helpful.

On the left you see my first attempt...and the easiest. I stamped the cross hatch background in Crumb Cake ink - using the old style linen type ink pad, which later I found does make a difference. (more on that later) I then stamped the flower image in Black Stazon over the top of the background and water colored it using my Aqua Painter and Lost Lagoon, Certainly CeleryWild Wasabi inks. As long as you use a light color that mixes well with the colors you intend to color the flower, this can work well.  Using Crumb Cake ink, the result is a nice, antiqued sort of look...but as you can see, its definitely darker than the other samples.

For the middle flower I did exactly as with the first one, only this time I stamped a second flower head, painted it with Lost Lagoon ink and my Aqua Painter, then I carefully cut it out.

For the third flower, I cut a mask by stamping the flower head on a post it note and carefully cutting just inside the outline of the flower. (I didn't bother to mask the stem & leaves) Hint: cut 2-3 layers of post it notes at the same time so you have more than one mask for future projects. I store mine in the stamp case so it's handy for next time. Now back to the stamping...I stamped the full flower image in Black Stazon. Then, placed the mask I created over the flower head and stamped the cross hatch background over the flower image. Since the back ground is so large and fairly solid, I found the easiest way to do this is to ink the stamp by laying it face up on my desk then laying my image on top of the stamp, cover with scrap paper and run my bone folder over the top to be sure the image gets uniformly inked.

Once the mask is cut, you can use it over and over so in my opinion that is probably the easiest way to get a good result in the truest colors using this stamp set. However, using a couple different colors in the new firm foam pads to ink the back ground had less than stellar results. Even after working the inks deep into the pad, some of the detail was filled in. That wasn't too much of a deal breaker, but I also had issues with large gaps of white space all around the image, even though I inked it in the same manner as I had with the old style Crumb Cake pad. I didn't take any photos of those results, but I'll try again next time I stamp using this set to see if I get a better result.

Obviously the steps taken to create the flower in the middle took the most time because it would have to be fussy cut each time, but since I did take the time to cut it out I figured I'd make a card with it before the flower got lost in my stamp room! lol

I popped it up on dimensionals. As you can see, the cross hatch background was also used on the Lost Lagoon background panel. The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms set...such a pretty font used with those sentiments. I'll have something more to share using that set very soon.

If you are looking for any retired stamp sets, you should check out my Retired Stamps for Sale page...I just updated it yesterday.

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend! It's supposed to be beautiful!


Kim said...

These are beautiful, Lynn! Thanks for sharing the comparison of the three techniques. I appreciate not having to experiment myself as you've done all the work.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card. Love the colors.
Thanks for sharing your technique.

stampinsue said...

TFS, Lynn! What kind of CS did you use?

Lynn said...

Thanks for the nice comments! I used Very Vanilla card stock to stamp the flower on.