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Apricotdaisy
All images by Stampin’ Up!; Apricot and White Card Stock; Celery, Artichoke, Pale Blue, Olive, Apricot & Pumpkin Dye Inks by Stampin’ Up!; White Cartridge Ink by Stampin’ Up! (you could also substitute White Craft Ink, and heat set to dry); Celery Organdy by Stampin’ Up!; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Prisma Glitter, Ultrafine; Gold Safety Pin from sewing Department at WalMart.

Inspired by a drop-dead gorgeous design by Jennifer Balcer, I just had to try it for myself.  The white ink on vellum just gives such a beautiful lacey effect, don’t you agree? 

It’s too bad SU! retired that Great Shapes set–I loved that large solid rectangular image for creating a nice back-drop to stamp focal images over.  But, there are plenty of companies out there that have similar images, so shop around.  I like having a variety of sizes available for all my different projects.

If you found yourself in a jam, you could take rubber gasket from the hardware store, trim it to the desired size, cushion it, and then mount the entire thing to an appropriately sized wooden mount.  Some also prefer EZ Mount cushion, which has the vinyl cling backing, and then use them with a clear acrylic block.  You can find EZ Mount at a variety of places, including Block-Head Rubber Stamps.

I stamped the pale blue ink off and stamped a 2nd generation image onto the white card stock panel so it would be quite pale and soft.  After inking the stem with celery ink, I applied olive ink to the edges of the image to give the leaves dimension.  And, I did the same to the daisy by first applying apricot ink, and then pumpkin ink.  This technique is often referred to as "Rock & Roll".  It’s kinda funny how some of us long time stampers have been doing this for eons, but never actually gave it a name.  Now, all the techniques have these fancy names, or so it seems to me . . . (chuckle!)

I used a speckle image and artichoke ink to create the "splatter".  I’m rather sad about my speckle image.  It will have to be replaced.  I’ve actually worn the image down to nubs.  I am absolutely serious.  I really wouldn’t have imagined I could ever, in my lifetime, wear out a stamp, but that one has been used in probably 80% of my creations since I got it almost 10 years ago . . . Pixie said it best:  Speckle, RIP.  You have served me well.

Those little bitty safety pins from the sewing department sure are a lot of fun to secure things with.   The colors are kinda limiting, tho; if you’re lucky, you can find ‘em in gold tone, silver, and black.  Queen & Co. makes them in darling colors, and so does Making Memories–the ivory ones are oh-so sweet and I like to use them in bridal and baby designs.

The finishing touch, was to outline the daisy with the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and apply Prisma Glitter–if you don’t have one of these glue pens, you really need one.  I always buy 2-3 at a time so I will NEVER EVER run out!!!  Hey, I live on an island, people.  Some things are very hard to come by and when ya’ find a winner, ya’ best stock up! (snort!)  This is the rockin’est glue pen I have ever used!  If you can’t find ‘em at your LSS, then head over to StarLitStudio on Ebay.  It’s a fine rolling ball point pen that dispenses glue, which comes out blue, but dries clear.  It’s perfect for adhering delicate punched out images when other adhesives are just too thick, wide or chunky to really do the job.  Trust me.  Buy 2.

22 Comments
  1. WOW!! You are amazing!! Just when I think you’ve done it all, you come up with something else!!

    Thanks for being so generous with your creativity!

  2. THAT is really pretty and soft and subtle and i just love it!
    all about vellum

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