Blossoms in Bloom … a stunning stamp set and die bundle from the Stampin’Up!® Annual Catalogue which really doesn’t see the light of day often enough!
Welcome once again to Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop, travelling around the world through every time zone. You may be starting here or you may have come from the blog of the amazing Rochelle Laird-Smith.
This month, we are exploring all things to do with the Changing Seasons … in the Northern Hemisphere, September marks the start of Autumn, but here on the opposite side of the world, 1st September heralds the start of Spring. And in some tropical areas, there is hardly any noticeable difference in this change of season.
Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop is the brainchild of Angie McKenzie, a wonderful friend and amazing paper artist. My name is Cheryll Miller, and I am so delighted to be a part of this varied and talented group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.
Blossoms in Bloom describes my garden at present …
These are a favourite of mine that just keep flowering every year! I will bow to a greater knowledge if anyone out there knows their real name, but I gather they are a type of Osteospermum. I adore the blend of bright colours, and you can’t beat Mother Nature at blending skills.
Here is my attempt at re-creating this gorgeous colour scheme.
I have used the full range of layering elements in the Blossoms and Bloom Bundle …. from stamped images, to both of the overlaying dies, blended with Blending Brushes to try to emulate the seamless blend of fluoro colours.
I chose the fluoro-est colours in the Stampin’ Up!® range … Mango Melody, Magenta Madness and Calypso Coral … with a touch of Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss for the flower centres. The leaves are a mix of Garden Green and Granny Apple Green.
I did create this card live in my weekly Whimsy Wednesday facebook live if you would like to see the whole process … we explore a couple of different ways to use this bundle. So it is a longish live, be warned! Click on the blue mushroom image to go directly to the live in Facebook.
Blossoms in Bloom is a “wow” bundle …
This bundle is definitely for an Avid crafter … The main feature stamp is large and stamps all the large flowers in one go. I like to use the Stamparatus for this one. It is a distinktive style stamp, so it works well to add shading over the top (again, the Stamparatus works perfectly for this). My stamped flowers are a mix of Mango Melody and Magenta Madness.
The dies are also large and very detailed. I have found the best way to adhere the dies together is to use liquid glue on a piece of sponge, working on a Silicone Mat.
You could die cut your overlays from coloured cardstock and adhere in place over the stamped image, but I chose to die cut from Basic White and then add my colour selectively with a combination of Blending Brushes and Sponge Daubers. It won’t always be perfect, but you can get different colours for the centre of the flowers and for the leaves.
Here is the same card, in a slightly alternative colour mix, using the same inks, but featuring the Magenta Madness more heavily.
And this one is a simpler version, stamping first and then inking up and adding the finer die only over the top.
Next up, let’s do a little westward jump across to Melissa Gifford’s blog in Western Australia.
The full blog hop list is below.
Jan Clothier – NZ
Leonie Stuart – AU
Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU
Cheryll Miller – AU
Melissa Gifford – AU
Danielle Kassing – NL
Aurélie Fabre – FR
Mikaela Titheridge – UK
Annette Ball – CA
Angie McKenzie – US
Wendy Lee – US
Shel Anderson – CA
Chris Smith – US
Anne Marie Hile – US
Brenda Nelson – CA
Tricia Butts – US
Elaine de Montmorency – CA
Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US
Teri West – US
Cheryl Hamilton – US
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