Fabulous Flowers Emerging Colour

Fabulous Flowers Emerging Colour

All images copyright © Stampin’ Up! ® 1997—2008. Artwork by Andrea Lowcock (Idea inspired by Vanessa Webb)

Here’s a new cool technique that I learnt at my last training night at Ness’. It looks so impressive … but is actually SOOOO easy!!! I know I keep saying that … but truly … SU! techniques are always so much easier than they actually look! This technique is called “Emerging Colour” and you will need a large “block” type stamp to do this technique. I have used Ness’ stamp set “Fabulous Flowers” for this card.

The Blue Bayou colour on the top of this card is actually Blue Bayou ink brayered onto white cardstock … BUT … that is the last step of the technique … so I will help you get started!!! 🙂

I have used Blue Bayou card (A5) folded in half as back ground with a River Rock frame (14.3cmX10cm) and a cut piece of Whisper White card (13.8cm x 9.5cm) for the design part of the card. Plan where you are going to put your large block flower on the white card and then where this large image is going to go, randomly stamp some smaller images in colours to tone with your cardstock. (These images will show through the larger image). I used the smaller flowers from the “Fabulous Flowers” Stamp set and used River Rock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky & Purely Pomegranate (all gorgeous 08/09 “in colours” that work so well together!) to stamp.

We are going to emboss … so DON’T FORGET TO USE YOUR EMBOSSING BUDDY (like I always do! 🙂 ) and wipe it over your white card! Then using the large flower stamp & versamark ink … position your large flower image over the top of your coloured flowers … STAMP!!! Sprinkle clear embossing powder onto your versamarked image (tap off excess powder) and use your heat tool to set the embossing powder. It will turn from dry & powdery to a wet look glossy flower.

Using your brayer & Blue Bayou ink pad … roll your brayer over your ink pad to pick up the colour and roll across your card. Keep adding colour until you are happy with depth of colour. And (as long as you have added enough colour) … the “ink lines” will disappear as the card dries.

I have also added two swirl “flourishes” – one to the bottom left and one to the top right – with Blue Bayou ink and swirl stamp from the “Baroque Motifs” stamp set. (You could do these in versamark & emboss BEFORE brayering to have them in white rather than Blue Bayou) But … I do like the subtleness of these swirls! Add a saying with some “whisper white” craft ink and some Soft Sky Ribbon & two pastel brads. You can see that the Bashful Blue brads match reasonably well!

I have some fantastic brayered cards planned … and will share these later with you! Hope you will have a go at this gorgeous technique! Your friends will be impressed. I am thinking I might have to get the “Bold Butterfly” stamp set to try this … I think it would make some really lovely Emerging Colour Cards. And … I have also seen the big “Happiness” stamp used for this technique and it looks fantastic, too! For the best effect to hide the initial stamped coloured images … it is a good idea to use a darker colour for your brayered ink. Hope you are inpired to try! Stampin’ Hugs, Andrea.