Hi Crafty Friends,
Today we are sharing a Sweet Blossom Bouquet project that works for almost any occasion. All you have to do is change the sentiment and you are ready for anything.
The name of the die from Penny Black is “Cherry Blossom Creative Die” but I ignored the title and used it to make a sweet bunch of flowers.
Let’s start with the background – Starting at the bottom of a piece of bristol paper, Antique Linen distress ink was heavily applied with a blending tool. As I worked my way up the panel, I lessened the pressure, making it lighter towards the top. Next, I added water splatters, followed by Antique Linen ink splatters.
With the background now finished, I added a stitched edge. You can use your favorite frame die but personally, I love the Hand Stitched Rectangles by Whimsy stamp mostly because it gives a simple one line stitching and the largest frame in the set cuts a full 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel. (By the way, if you like this set too the reorder is expected shortly – place a pre-order to reserve your set.)
After the Antique Linen panel was completed, I moved on to making the flowers. Using the Penny Black Cherry Blossom creative die, I cut three sets of flowers with watercolor paper and two with Neenah white cardstock – making a total of 5 sets. I left the white flowers as they were and watercolored the others. Use whatever watercolors you have on hand. I used distress stains Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron and Forest Moss for this project. (check out all the goodies used below)
Next, I cut and applied a slightly larger (4 3/8″ x 5 5/8″) Robin’s Egg heavy cardstock panel to a white card base, then placed previously prepared Antique Linen panel on top.
Once the watercolored flowers were good and dry, I gathered them into a bunch, layering the watercolored with the white cardstock ones. Then added a spot of glue to hold them together. A bow from Spellbinders Lavender die set was popped on top with a dap of glue.
For the sentiment, I hand-lettered the “hello” onto a stitched circle of Neenah white cardstock using an oblique pen holder, Brause nib and McCaffery’s green ink (but a sentiment stamp works just as well). The circle was tucked under the flowers and trimmed at the edge of the card.
And, there you have it! Thanks for joining me today – see you next time! ♥