Can I tell you a secret? I’m a little intimidated by gorgeous flower layouts. Not sure why. Maybe it’s some darkness in my soul but I never feel mine come out all that great. That’s why I approached these photos of the gorgeous Washington D.C. cherry blossoms with trepidation. In order to stall a little I cut every cherry blossom diecut file on my cricut explore. Then I played with painting them, still not happy. So as i final resort I dusted off my stamp drawer labeled “floral”. I’m not kidding, there was an inch thick layer of dust on the handle. the the skies cleared and the angels sang and these amazing Technique Tuesday stamped jumped out! (disclaimer, this is not my photo. I was too lazy to take a pic of my set so i stole it off ye old interweb).
The phenomenal little set allows you to stamp the image in color and then go back and create the outline. Brilliant, no?!?!? First i stamped a bunch of stems with Distress ink in walnut stain. Then I dug out three different colors of pink distress ink and just stamped away. I stamped each color three times before reinking (a technique called generation stamping, I believe. Then did the same with the outline in fossilized amber distress ink. I wasn’t careful at all with the outline. Just got it in the general area of each flower. I still don’t love flower layouts but i kind of dig how this came out.
To add a little more interested I stamped a couple of different textures over the flowers. to do this I used Tim Holtz mixed media stamps and the fossilized amber ink. I inked the stamps without giving much care to covering the images completely. Then stamped off one impression so that when I added the image to my layout it was alot lighter.
For dimension I added some white on white flowers to the layout using texture paste and a stencil. Finally I inked sanded the edges of my photos and arranged them coming off the pages and trimmed them to fit the paper.. I just love how this technique looks and it’s kind of become my signature.
My journaling block is also a stamp. I believe it’s from Impression Obsession. I left some room because I knew I wanted to include my title.
For the “blossoms” part of the title i did the generational stamping with the same colors as the cherry blossoms. The “cherry” part is a ctmh stamp set.
To finish it off I layered some of my diecut blossoms over the journaling block and my stamped flowers. The splatters were done using watered down ink and the Tim Holtz Splatter brush-A nifty little tool I never thought i’d use but ended up loving.
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