I have kind of an elegant little piece to share with you today.The flowers on this "wreath" were so much fun to color. I used the recently introduced Stampin' Blends for the coloring.
The flower stamp comes from an under-appreciated stamp set that
Stampin' Up! released in a pamphlet in which
they were introducing their new alcohol-based Stampin' Blends:
I colored the flowers a few days prior with the Calypso Coral, the Pool Party and the Daffodil Delight two-pen sets. After coloring, I fussy cut them and then they sat on my work table for a few days -- wondering when I was going to do something more with them.
Finally, my decision was to make a wreath of the flowers. To get them in a nice formation, I laid them on my scratch paper about how I wanted them to appear. After measuring the arrangement, I cut from Whisper White a circle that was about the same size.
I proceeded to adhere the flowers to the circle.
Deciding that they would look striking against a black background, I embossed black card stock with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder. I then laid my wreath upon the background. Ugh. That ugly WHITE in the center just HAD to go!
So, I carefully fussy cut the white out of the center,
as well as a few places where the white circle showed on the edges.
Unfortunately, the fern-y looking leaves from the Thinlits set I decided to use with my flowers is no longer available in the Stampin' Up! catalog. I used the dies anyway because they added such a nice feathery touch to the composition, in contrast with the more solid look of the flowers
I mounted the embossed black piece to a brushed metallic gold,
then a layer of Pool Party, and finally, a five inch square of Old Olive.
I popped up the flower wreath with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Another tiny bit of dimension that I added was the Basic Pearl centers
for each of the flowers that I colored with my Bronze Stampin' Blend marker.
I love how they go so well with the metallic paper I used in the matting.
I don't think you can quite decipher this in the photo,
but I added Wink of Stella to the center white squiggles on each flower.
Believe me -- the sparkle is there.
Have you given the Stampin' Blends a try yet? What are your thoughts? I find them quite enjoyable to work with, somewhat easier than Copics. The blending is quite subtle, but I like it.