Flowers Abloom

Flowers Abloom

Hi Creative Friends,

Now in our shop, we have new and beautiful Penny Black floral stamps (and other goodies) so naturally, I had to get my hands inky and create. I chose the Abloom stamp set that features four charming and different flowers.

Below are all the ins and outs of how this card came to be. But before I launch into the instructions, don’t forget you can still save 13% today on all Papertrey Ink goodies, including the very latest release! – sale ends tonight at midnight PDT (June 28).


I wanted a vintage-y, botanical feeling to my card front so I started with a slimline piece of watercolor paper. Then, using low tack tape, like Pixie or Purple tape (see supply list), I taped the panel inside my stamp positioner. Using the tape, I made a 1/2″ border around the panel and two 1/2″ dividers in the middle the panel was divided equally. By the way, the grid on the mouse pad of the stamp positioner makes it easy to get the tape on evenly and straight!

Next, I lightly blended Antique Linen distress inks on the edges of each section. I added a little extra in the corners. To further darken the corners, I blended on Tea Dye distress ink.

With the background set and the tape still in place, I positioned each of the flowers in the three sections. Next, I got ready to stamp. I could have stamped the flowers with permanent black ink, like Versafine Black Onyx, then colored the interior, but this time I wanted the lines of the flower to be the same color as the interior. For example, green lines for leaves, pinks or blue for the flowers, etc. To do it this way, Karin watercolor markers or Tombow work great. If you are a careful stamper, you can even use your stamp pads and carefully stamp each section with the corresponding color but I chose to use my Karin markers.

Coloring each flower individually, I first colored the lines of the flower the desired color. Then, using a damp brush, I urged the color from the edges, adding color as needed. I continued this way with each flower.

Once all the flowers were colored, I stamped their botanical name using Tea Dye distress ink.

When I was satisfied with all the coloring, I peeled off the tape to reveal the pristine borders and dividers, then mounted it onto a Desert Storm card stock panel. Natural-colored twine was wrapped and tied at the bottom, then the whole front was adhered to a Desert Storm card base.

For the sentiment, I cut a ‘hello’ from Antique Gold card stock, using the Wonderful Script die set by Spellbinders, added a smidge of glue and applied it to the front.

That completes my card for today. I hope you enjoyed it! 


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