I have been admiring so many gorgeous cards using a stamp set from Stampin' Up, called Upsy Daisy, and kicking myself for not getting it. Well, I was looking at Melanie's set A Year of Flowers and started thinking maybe I could make a similar look, using the little Chrysanthemum flower.
I put the flower and stem on my acrylic block, rather than doing it in two steps. I did this because I am lazy and I knew I was just going to color it in, anyway, so I could just fill in the gap between the stem and flower.
I repositioned the stem, straightening it or adding more curve, before stamping each flower, to make them look different from each other.
After stamping three flowers, I cleaned the stamp and used my craft marker, to ink up just a portion of the stamp, to make a few smaller flowers.
Here is what I had after stamping the additional flowers. Next, I used my black marker to fill in the flowers and stems and connect the stems to the flowers.
I used a Versa Mark pen to go over each flower and stem and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder.
Sponged some So Saffron across the middle.
Sponged Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue to create a sky and Certainly Celery, with a bit of Old Olive for the foreground.
Before assembling my card, I added some grasses using my craft marker. The panel beneath the image panel is Whisper White, sponged with Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive, then run through the Cuttlebug, with the swiss dots folder. The flourishes on either side of the card are punched out using my new Flourish punch from EK Success. The card base is Kiwi Kiss.
The larger chrysanthemum/lotus stamp from this set would also work well for this technique.
Tips for drawing grass: Use a medium tipped pen. Rest the side of your hand on your writing surface. Place the pen at the bottom of the paper. Bend your wrist in a sweeping motion away from you, lifting at the end of the motion. Doing it this way will create a more natural curve to your grass and a sharp tip to the grass as your pen lifts from the paper. Be sure to practice first.
Here is a pic of a cute little frog that has taken up residence in our pond. I love frogs!
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