Do What You Love

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Do What You Love

Other Products: Lindy's Hottie Pattottie Pink spray, Stampin Up Ink in Whisper White, Clear embossing ink, Hero Arts Embossing Powder in white, Distress Inks in Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Picked Raspberry, Dress My Crafts Sparkling Dust, Stampendous Crushed Glass Glitter in Black and Silver, white cardstock, small amount of black cardstock, 2Crafty chipboard, two 3"x 4" photos.

For more tips on creating with the Sweet Peony collection, watch the tutorial at

Instructions: Stamp the Small Sweet Peony stamp set and Classic Rose Leaf Flourish using Black Soot Distress Ink. You'll want to stamp multiples of the medium flowers as we are going to layer those. Die cut with the coordinating dies. Colour the four flourishes foliage and peony petals with the Black Soot ink making sure to leave the veining detail visible. Stamp a selection of grey and pink flowers using Whisper White ink, heat embossed with white embossing powder, die cut with coordinating dies. Color the gray flowers Pumice Stone and the pink flowers with Picked Raspberry inks. Lightly spritz the backs with water and shape all pieces using the deluxe flower shaping kit.

Once all flowers are dry you can start adding some sparkle. To all the black flowers add a little glue to the centers and add a sprinkling of black crushed glass glitter. To all the pink and grey flowers add some silver crushed glass glitter to the centers. If you don't have any crushed glass glitter, then ordinary glitter would work fine. For a selection of both the grey and black flowers, randomly add a little glue around the edges of their petals and sprinkle with some "Sparkle Dust" or something similar. This has no colour so it takes on the colour of the flower and adds loads of sparkle and shimmer to your flowers. Set aside to dry.

Next step is to set to work creating a lovely watercolour background in the middle of some white cardstock. I did this by stamping some of the gorgeous blossoms using the largest size blossom from the "Peony Bud and Blossom" stamp set using clear embossing ink, then heat embossed with the white embossing powder. This will create a resist for our watercolour technique we will do in the next step.

Now very heavily spritz this white cardstock with LOTS of water, this is very important. Do a few tiny sprays with some pink spray to match your flowers, I used Lindy's Hottie Pattottie Pink. Now the idea here is to let the water dilute and blend the colour around the background. Pick the white cardstock up and roll it to move the water around and help spread and blend it. Don't be too fussy here, watercolours are NOT meant to be perfect, that is part of the appeal of this. This technique is called "Watercolouring". It is important not to let the pink watercolour spread all over the page as we want to maintain white space. The stamping, because it is heat embossed, won't accept the colour spray and so will remain white and stand out. This technique is called "Stamp Resist".

Now if you don't have any sprays, you can improvise by rubbing your Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, face down on a plate to transfer lots of ink from the pad to the plate, now spritz the ink on the plate with some water and using a paint brush, you can brush some of this colour onto the white cardstock & like before, using the water to blend and spread the colour. You may need to do this a couple of times though to intensify the colour. This works with Distress Inks because they are a water-based ink. It is important to spray the water onto the white cardstock before you add any colour, otherwise you will not be able to blend the pink. Allow to dry, it will be warped, but it will flatten once we adhere it to the pink paper.

Use the Black Soot ink pad to colour the chipboard by simply just wiping the inkpad, face down, over the chipboard. Set aside.

Now tear the white cardstock, as per sample layout. Being sure to tear it towards you in a wavy and controlled fashion, to create a nice fluted edge. Using a generous amount of tape on all four sides, and center to securely adhere the white cardstock to the pink "Sweet Peony" paper. Mat photos onto some black cardstock then adhere using foam tape, adhere onto layout as shown. Glue all flowers and foliage to layout as shown. Lastly adhere the black chipboard as shown.

Created By Di Garling
  1. Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
    Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit HCST1-401
  2. Classic Rose Die
    Classic Rose Die HCD1-7110
  3. Classic Rose Cling Stamp Set
    Classic Rose Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3752
  4. Sweet Peony Paper Collection
    Sweet Peony Paper Collection HCDP1-288
  5. Small Sweet Peony Die
    Small Sweet Peony Die HCD1-7173
  6. Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp Set
  7. Peony Bud and Blossom Cling Stamp Set
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