Saturday 2 August 2014

Floral flourish

Although I’m not a huge fan of florals I seem to be using them a little more these days and my post today is a vibrant choice…


My cards seem to be standardizing on 8" x 8" at the moment so I cut some white card at an appropriate size and 'marbled' Dylusions spray inks onto it. Once done I used a scroll stencil (you can use any pattern) misted with water to water bleach it. When dry, it was edged with Walnut stain DI:
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I mounted the background onto black card and then stained some tissue tape with Crushed olive DI:
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This beautiful symetrical flourish is cut using a Spellbinders die:

Using a scrap piece of board I scraped some white gesso over a couple of areas of the background to act as a base for stamping:
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Black archival ink used with some scroll and text stamps over the gesso provide some light relief as well as adding texture:

The black flourishes and some die cut ferns have been added. I used some of the Spellbinders Grand peony creations dies to cut flower shapes which I sprayed with the Dylusions inks with water and then shaped with the Bloom Impression tool whilst they were wet:
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Tim's handy Simple sayings sentiment stamps were used to create the greeting. Both that and the flower have been edged with the DI. The flower centre is just a plain, shiny, black bead:
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You can see that additional flourishes (left and right) have been used to wrap around the sentiment:

Top left and top right:
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Centre floral:


I know it's bright but I hope you like it.

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for visiting today.

Chris xxx


  1. Bright but beautiful, incorporating some great techniques! Love the ferns behind the flower, where did you get those??

  2. Lovely Chris, splendid, bright colours and like Astrid has said, wonderful techniques. I love the spellbinders flourish too. Nikki xx

  3. a gorgeous piece and such wonderful colours x

  4. Wow Chris, I love those gorgeous hot colours, they look amazing and the highlights in the background really make your embellishments 'pop'. Anne x