I’ve got a fun technique for you all today. I came up with this when I was playing in my craft room the other day. (I love when I make the time to do that.) I had no specific projects in mind, I just wanted to do something creative. I started with the idea to add some color and interest to plain flowers. I’m pretty happy with the results.
The supplies you will need are:
- A variety of flowers. Most of mine were white but you can use lighter colored ones too.
- A varitey of stamps of any kind. (I used the Antique Brocade cling stamp, Vine Background stamp both from Hero Arts and some discontinued swirl stamps from Autumn Leaves.)
- A variety of distress inks. (I used Fired Brick, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord). You can also use an embossing ink.
- Clear embossing powder. You could also use colored powders if you are using a clear ink.
- Heat gun
- A variety of mist sprays (I used Tuscan Sun, Peppermint Sticks and Marshmallow Glimmer Mists.
I wanted to try a variety of color combinations just to see what would happen. The more flowers I worked with, the more I liked this technique. The sky is the limit on the possible combinations of colors and stamps.
I started by stamping a part of the swirl stamp onto the white flower with the Faded Jeans distress ink. I worked one flower petal at a time at first because I wanted to ensure the ink was saturating the flower and wet enough to hold the embossing powder. It did just fine and as I progressed through the other flowers, I stamped the entire flower and then added the embossing powder and set the image with the heat gun.
Once all the flowers cooled down (shown in the left photo), I sprayed the flowers with different colors of glimmer mist. I found that the deeper, more saturated colors worked better for the white flowers. And for the colored flowers, I really liked how the Marshmallow glimmer mist enhanced the existing color. Finished flowers in photo on the right. (That yellow flower you see did not hold up to the glimmer mist! Sometimes experiments do not work out.)
As I said, the combinations are really limitless. You could custom decorate your flowers to match the color scheme of your pages. Or, you could recolor a flower with a mist to provide contrast. Another idea would be to add stickles to the edges of the flower petals in addtion to or instead of the mist. I could also see using this technique on die cut flowers, either from border punches or from die cut machines or electronic cutters.
The next time you need a custom flower accent to match your page, give this technique a try!