Hello and welcome to the new Purple Onion Designs release themed “Garden Blooms”! There are a ton of new, cute stamps designed by Stacey Yacula and there are also some great new sentiments. The entire collection of all new stamps is available at a discount price for just $90 until May 30, 2016, but of course you can buy each stamp individually! I’ve been crafting up a storm with the new goodies, and hope you get inspired. I’ve got two projects and a video to share with you today, so lets dive right in!
The star of the show is beautiful Lilly, an owl from the Stacey Yacula “Garden Blossoms” collection, and I even overcame my fear of patterned paper for this card. Let’s address the patterned paper right away: I wanted the card to be very clean and simple overall, but I didn’t have a subtle background stamp to help me force the focus to the front panel, so I printed out some patterns that I found online. I wish the dots had been smaller, though, but now I purchased a few paper pads with appropriately sized patterns for cards.
Since I fussy cut the owl – my Scan ’n Cut is in storage – I had to use very strong paper, like the Simon Says Stamp Ultra Heavy card stock. If you use thin paper, you run the risk of accidentally bending the image while you are cutting it out. I also reached for the Bazzill Marshmallow card stock for the front panel because it’s sturdy and I needed that because of the die-cutting. The oval from Pretty Pink Posh has these beautiful stitched lines, but if you have flimsy paper, it’s hard to put it back in place like I did and have it look great.
I colored the owl with my Twin Touch Brush markers (review coming June 1, stay tuned, it’s going to be HUGE). They are alcohol markers, like Copics, but much cheaper here in Germany and they blend just fine. To stamp my images, I always use My Favorite Things Licorice ink (the hybrid version) as it works beautifully with alcohol markers, watercolor, and pencils. For my sentiments, I always reach for Versafine Onyx black because it gives me crisp, rich dark impressions.
Product List for Lilly
After conquering my fear of patterned paper, I tackled my white-space phobia in my next project. You know how much I love white space, I’m just never brave enough to actually leave it white! I knew that I wanted to only use Bell, a new stamp available at Purple Onion Designs, and this gorgeous sentiment on my card, but I could tell by just thinking about it that with nothing else on the card, I might not be happy about the final result. I took to Pinterest and saw that a lot of card makers add thin strips of patterned paper to add contrast to an otherwise CAS card. I printed out some rainbow patterns and adhered a strip to my card base.
For the front panel, I trimmed a piece of Copic friendly card stock and laid out my stamps. Since they are rubber stamps and you can’t look through them, I had to make sure to get the spacing and alignment right. My trusty Stamp-A-Ma-Jig helped a lot here. I used My Favorite Things Licorice ink for the frog, and Versafine Onyx Black for the sentiment.
The coloration was rather simple and I used a few shades of very dark Yellow Green Copics, then added a touch of vibrant colors to the little tulip he’s holding. And because I had to battle my white-space anxiety, I couldn’t help myself but adhere a few Pretty Pink Posh seed beads from the Razzle Dazzle mix in matching colors (ever tried picking out beads without craft tweezers? Yeah, I ordered some after that card).
I hope these two projects inspired you, and you have a look at the new Purple Onion Designs release. I’ll be sharing more cards with the new stamps over the next few weeks. Cheers!
I’m sending these cards off to the following challenges: Stempelkueche “Tierische Gruesse” (Animal Greetings); TIME OUT “CAS with optional twist of purple” (scooooore!!!); and Addicted to CAS “Midnight” (purple just screams midnight to me). Bell, the little frog with his flower, will hop on over to Simon Says Stamp “Flowers”.
Product List for Bell