Saturday, October 4, 2008

{A Dream} new sentiment set release from Little Paper Shop!

I love the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote on this stamp from the new LPS release
{A Dream}. Seemed to me like it worked so nicely with a seed/flower/garden theme:

What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to
What lies within us

Warning! BIG enabler alert:

I hafta be honest, sentiment sets as a whole was a stamping category I sadly neglected for the longest time. Then, I started feeling like my cards weren't saying anything...So now, I'm stoked to have

This is {A Dream} and it's just being released today from Little Paper Shop AND today there's a SALE to celebrate World Cardmaking Day: 20% off the whole store!

The Seed Packets

These wee seed packets are from a set I had to have called {Nature's Garden}. Browse the LPS Gallery {Nature's Garden} here.

The seed packets have a little torn top that is perfect for curling up for a quick'n'cute 3D detail. The label is perfect for glittering & glazing with Crystal Lacquer.

Seed Packet Step by Step How-to:

1) Emboss seed packet with black ink & clear e.p.
2) Colour it (I used CTMH markers & a water brush & some gel pens)
3) Glitter label with Stardust Sakura gellyroll pen
4) Cut it out
5) Cover label with Crystal Lacquer & let dry
6) Stick seed packet on white & black circles (1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches)
7) Add watercolour shadow
8) Stick on "seeds" (metallic microbeads) with Lacquer

The Flowah':

This vellum resist flower is made with the LPS {Butterflies and Blossoms} set. Browse the LPS {Butterflies & Blossoms} Gallery here. I'm writin' the instructions here, but I loved makin' this so I'll probably be making a photo tutorial for you sometime...

Big vellum flower:
Step 1) Emboss tulip-like flower again & again on vellum (in Versamark & clear e.p.)

Here's a wee trick: 3 steps to getting the perfect circular flower...

1) Punch a circle (or round flower) out of black/dark cardstock
2) Place it under the vellum cardstock
3) Use the circle it as a guide to stamp around (the acrylic stamp & block let you see through!)

I embossed this vellum flower in clear & that lets you colour it lots of ways: I used markers (and wiped the excess) But you can easily rub on ink or use H2Os or....

  • You can make any size this way by varying the size of the circle and adding as many petals as you need.
  • You can make it on any paper (if you have a light box) Just put the black circle under your paper & stamp after you light it up from behind!

Center flower:

1) Emboss the center flower onto dp (black ink & clear e.p.)
2) Colour it with a marker (Copic Nile Blue BG45)
3) Emboss flower again onto white c.s. & colour in black marker

Other Materials:

Papers: Romani (Gyspy) pack from Basic Grey & SU Cardstocks: Naturals white, whisper White, Basic Black

Tools: SU circle punches (1 1/4" & 1 3/8") & Corner punch. Black marker & waterbrush to distress the main card.

Thanks for visiting!
Hope you have an amazing weekend,

P.S. I know these 4 posts were a lot to take in (it was a lot to type up, LOL) but I just HAD to show you everything so you didn't miss the sale:

20% every Little Paper Shop set for today (Saturday OCT 4th) only

P.P.S. I'm takin' Sunday off; I may sleep for 48 hours (after hitting that sale! LOL)


Deb Neerman said...

Stop. Please. I'm totally envious and deeply saddend by my lack of talent.

I quit.

Kim Etherington said...

Way to go girl. These are fab. Love that topiary card. The blue one is ultra lovely and the seniment is great with the coloured paper behind the images. She's so lucky to have scored you. You work your butt off too for people! Congrats!

Shirley said...

What a really unique card! I love the flower and the bling in the middle. So gorgeous. All of it.

Elena said...

Gorgeous! Talented! Love everything about this card! All the detailed work with the seed's stamp! Nice colors! The flowers are just another masterpiece!

Maria said...

Okay, that flower is SUPAH pretty. I just love the layering and the pretty rhinestone in the middle. Who needs to buy vellum flowers when you can make it yourself?

I love all the pretty colors of you paper and the layout is FABULOUS!! The flower just brings everything together!!


Risa said...

What an adorable card Mel....using the tiny micro beads as seeds is pure genius! I also love the sentiment.....very touching!
Great job on everything!!!!!

Erum Tasneem said...

I love the flower!!!!!!!!!!!! God! It rocks!!!