Monday, August 31, 2020

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle

I love the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle, but I think my favorite part of the bundle are the Many Layered Blossoms Dies.  They are such fun to color and can create a really beautiful and unique card.  I have colored these dies in many ways and today I am showing you some options.  (The greetings I used came from other stamp sets.)  

You can color both the bottom layer and the top layer of the large dies with your Stampin' Blends.  The cards are so colorful and you can vary the look depending on the colors you choose.  A note of warning...I use the brush tip end of my blends to color these cards and I ended up causing significant damage to the markers.  If you choose this method be aware that you need to use very light pressure.  Perhaps using the other end of the marker would be a better choice.

Since I ruined so many of my blends with these cards, I switched over to using my Copic Markers.  The tips of the Copics seemed to hold up better.  Perhaps they are firmer and do not take as much damage when coloring an item with rough edges?  Regardless, I was successful using them and they suffered no damage after making the cards.  

I loved how my alcohol markers colored these dies.  But I wanted to try out my ink pads too.  I used an oval makeup blending brush to apply the color.  I ended up using a solid color cardstock for the thin overlay because I was concerned the paper would be too delicate to color with my blending brush.  I think the results are lovely on both a white card base, as well as a black one.   

Finally I tried my luck with Brusho pigment sprinkles.  Unfortunately, Stampin' Up recently discontinued this product, but I still have it.  Other companies produce these colored crystals too.  I wet my watercolor paper and sprinkled my crystals at random.  Here's how my panels looked once they were dry.  **As of Sept 1st, both the Brusho crystals and the Pigment Sprinkles are available for sale on the Clearance Rack.  They are only "while supplies last."**

So, they pretty much looked like a tie-dye t-shirt gone wrong!  I used the larger of the 2 dies and cut out my artwork.  Here's the final look:

I was shocked at how pretty they looked!  Anyway, I then put those onto a card with a solid cardstock skinny layer on top.  I still need to add a greeting.  I thought I'd save these and add something later the next time I need a card.  

I also colored these in a different way.  I cut the larger, bottom layer in black cardstock and glued it down to a card base.  Then I used my alcohol markers to color in the empty space.  It was super easy!  And if you accidentally color outside the lines, no one will know.  

I like the other style of cards better, but this one is much quicker to make and I still think it looks pretty.  I had no problem using my Stampin' Blends for this technique since I basically was just coloring onto flat cardstock.  The tips looked fine afterwards.  

I hope you'll try out some of these techniques to see which ones you like the best!

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