If you asked me what my favourite stamp images are I would have to say flowers. I also love flowery papers, dies and punches - well, any card making product or embellishment that is flowery really LOL! A close second would be butterflies. Hmmmm, or would it be flourishes? Anyway, I find it hard to resist beautiful flower stamps and I fell - fell very hard - when I saw the Penny Black 'Flamboyant' stamp. Oh my word, gorgeous! I was on a quick trip to the Glitter Pot, all I needed was to pick up a brick embossing folder to send to someone in the USA. As the shop is a quick walk from where I hold my card group I left the ladies for a few minutes while I went to get the folder. I should wear blinkers, I really should! I just happened to walk past the 'new in' display and before I knew it that stamp was in my hands! The ladies at card group think the stamp is gorgeous as well - I may let them play with it next month!
My first inking of it didn't go well I have to say. I decided to ink it with different coloured markers but after I'd stamped it I really didn't like it - I'd not chosen the colours wisely! I cleaned the stamp and was so impatient to get stamping again I really couldn't face the tedious job of markers again. This time I opted for a quicker and easier way to apply colour. I inked the whole image with Tumbled Glass ink and then added Broken China and Peeled Paint inks with sponge daubers. I then spritzed the stamp with Perfect Pearls mist and stamped onto watercolour paper. Ah, much better! I then stamped my Linen background stamp over it in Antique Linen ink and then distressed and inked the edges. I popped some pearls on the corners, stamped a sentiment on my Old Olive card and attached the panel at a jaunty angle.
Here's a close up photo showing the linen over stamping and pearly shimmer.
For the inside and the envelope I simply stamped the image in Peeled Paint ink. I stamped the Linen background and sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla panel as well.
I really like the image just stamped in one colour - I have a hankering to try it in black next.
Stamps: Penny Black 'Flamboyant', Best Wishes from Hero Arts Luscious Frames clear set, SU! Linen bg stamp
CS: SU! Old Olive & Very Vanilla, watercolour paper
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peeled Paint & Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Adirondack Espresso
Tools: Tim Holtz edge distressing tool, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl' mist, blue pearls