Do you subscribe to Splitcoaststampers? This week Lydia Fiedler was a guest there and showed a method to capture nature’s beauty and palette.
Her instructions were to find interesting plants or favorite ones and press them between water color paper or cardstock to achieve a positive and negative images.
I had to try it. I mean Lydia is a hoot and always open for new techniques. Her blog is Understandblue.com if you’d like to check it out.
Here’s the first image and card I made (there are many!)…
Ferns are a favorite for me and this one is a Japanese Painted Fern. If you look closely you’ll see some reds and purples.
In this glamour close up you can see the colors better and of course, one of those pretty Linen Thread bows.
and a side view.
I got on a roll and made several of these. I’ll share one or two next week that are interesting…especially the Dancing Fern!
Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you….
- Paper: Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White and Fresh Fig Cardstock, plus water color paper.
- Ink: Archival Ink
- Stamps: Climbing Orchids (sentiment)
- Tools ‘N Embellishments: Plant of your choice, Linen Thread
- The Crumb Cake base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
- The Fresh Fig layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
- The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″. Place your plant on one piece of water color paper and cover it with another piece of paper. Fold a piece of copy paper in half and place the water color “sandwich” inside. With one cutting pad down on Big Shot base add the “sandwich” and another cutting pad and run through Big Shot. All Big Shots have their own tension. If needed, add a shim for more pressure.
- Remove “sandwich” from copy paper and plant from water color paper. You may need to let it dry before removing if the color is smudging. How much fun is that? Instant beauty! You will never get two alike.
- Mount your water color paper with multipurpose glue or tear tape to the Fresh Fig layer.
- Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
- Tie the Linen Thread bow and add all layers to the card front with multipurpose glue or tear tape. If you need directions for bow, I have a video on YouTube here.
- Inside there is a layer of Fresh Fig 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ with a layer of Thick Whisper White 3″ x 4″.
Another plant that came out well with this technique was a Japanese Maple. I used new leaves that were red. I have to show you that one next week.
Hope you are inspired to raid your garden and make some of the cards!
Have a great weekend…
Here’s your “B-ism” for today…
Stay inky…be HaPpY!