To begin today's project, I knew I wanted to start things out on one of my favorite small canvases. An embossed rectangle that I created using our Stamper's Select White Cardstock and Nestabilities! (The one shown here is from the SMALL Nestabilities Classic Rectangle set).
Next up is the 2nd of four overlays total in this set, flowers. I created this stamp as a modern interpretation of the dogwood blossom. I've always wanted a nice dogwood blossom branch to use for sympathy cards. I just think that it is so appropriate. (If you aren't familiar with the legend behind the dogwood, you can read more about it HERE). I stamped the flowers using rose red ink.
To add of an artistic touch the flowers, I applied droplets of water to each of the blossoms. (For those of you that are familiar with my blog, this is a technique that I use often.) Since the flowers are stamped in a dye ink (which is not waterproof) the water allows the flowers to "bleed", ending in a soft, watercolored look. You can see the difference this technique makes by comparing the bottom blossoms to top ones. I love the way this technique works with our Stamper's Select White Cardstock. IT is such a thick and durable cardstock that it doesn't bow or pill when water is applied. If you haven't tried it out yet, I highly recommend it!
With a few more additions, I completed my card! I added a small dot to the center of each flower while the paper was still wet. I loved the way that the darker color bled into the petals. It really helped to make the flowers pop from the page. I used a "With Sympathy" stamp from this set. I love the font combination used. I think it really compliments that look & style of the branch nicely. A little velvet ribbon & a pearl head pin provided the perfect finishing touches.
Before I end this post, I wanted to answer a question that many of you had about this set. The branch used in our Take a Bough set is NOT interchangeable with this set. The branch from Take a Bough is much bigger and would not coordinate with the overlays used in this set. I hope that helps to clarify everything!!!!
ink-Rose Red & Bravo Burgundy classic dye ink pads & chocolate chip marker
stamps- Out on a Limb by Papertrey Ink
paper- Stamper's Select white cardstock from Papertrey, Bravo Burgandy & Rose Red cardstock by Stampin' Up!
other- velvet ribbon from Making Memories, pearl pin from Offray (sewing section & Walmart or craft & hobby store), Water pen from EK Success.