This is my fourth week as Melanie's guest designer, featuring her new stamp set, A Year of Flowers. This week I made a framed project, using the large Gerbera Daisy stamp to create cone flowers.
To make the flowers, I stamped the images on white card stock, then colored them with Koh-i-noor pencils, blended with OMS. Then I cut out the flowers and removed petals, leaving the center intact. I varied the number of petals so they would look like they were opened to varying degrees.
Next, I made the stems and layered the flowers on top. Melanie showed an easier way to make cone flowers by inking up a portion of the stamp, but I always mess up when I try to do that. I also don't have to worry about staying in the lines, when coloring, if I cut out my image.
For the background, I sponged Certainly Celery and Old Olive, adding an extra bit of greenery with the foliage stamp from Botanical Dreams. There is a bit of So Saffron in the center to mimic the sun, which is surrounded by Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue.
I layered Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Sahara Sand behind the image panel and mounted it all in a frame from Michaels.
For another project I made using A Year of Flowers, be sure to check out Melanie's blog. Gina's next release is on November 13 and that means I get an extra week as Melanie's guest designer. Heehee, I swear I didn't bribe her.
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a happy Thursday!