Sweet Blooms

Sweet Blooms

Hello dear crafty friends,

I am sharing a card design created using the very sweet Penny Black stamp set called Blooms. It features four different flowery motifs. Here are just one way you can use this very versatile stamp set. Stay tuned for another way soon!


I am starting to use the single bloom and butterfly stamps. I first mounted a piece of hot-pressed watercolor paper (I added three brands to choose from in the supply list below in case you need some) in my stamp positioner. From there, I inked the bloom with three distress ink colors – Wild Honey, Saltwater Taffy, and Festive Berries, then lightly spritzed it with a fine mist. The new Spellbinders Mighty Mister does a good job of this. At first,I thought the mister was only capable of a long spritz but soon I got the knack for it. Now, I love it!

Once the bloom and butterfly were stamped, I used a small damp brush to spread the ink into the interior, adding bits of extra color when needed.

The leaves were colored the same way, only using Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint. I used a Tombow marker for the stems so that I could make a controlled thin line of color, then added a tiny bit of Worn Lipstick pink to the tips of the leaves.

When the coloring was done and dry, I fussy cut out the flower and butterfly, then added foam squares to the back of each.

Next, I made an A2 white cardstock card base, then mounted a grey panel on top. To add drama, I cut out a 3.75×5″ white cardstock panel, and cut an oval in the center using the Love to Layer: Ovals by Papertrey Ink. Once the oval was cut, I placed it in the Dashed Design embossing folder and ran it through my die-cutting machine.

Everything was put together by adding foam to the back of the embossed panel, and then mounting it on the card front. The flower and butterfly were added. For the sentiment, I reached into my stash of sentiments. Earlier, I had used the ‘It’s Your Day’ BetterPress press plate, black ink, and BetterPress platform assembly to make several sentiments at once. It certainly saves time when you can do a bunch of sentiments at the same time, especially since it has an accompanying die to cut them all out at once!

(By the way, if you haven’t seen the BetterPress system in action, check out this video, and this one for more ways to use it!

That completes this card for today. I hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for another version using the same stamp set. 


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