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Flower Garden Revisited...

It's September!  I am actually very excited about that fact.  I'm ready for sweaters and leaves changing and all of the wonderfull things that go with fall.  And since it's the first, that means it's Senior Team challenge time again at Papertrey Ink.


This month continues our feature on older sets.  This month it's Flower Garden.  I have eyed this set for a long, long time and I'm so glad to finally have it in my collection! 

For my post today, I decided to play around a bit more with a trend I've been seeing around lately, one I talked about in a Moxie Fab World blog post last week.  It's a look I call "botanical collage" and to read more about it and see a few projects I created that were inspired by this look, you can check out my Moxie Fab Post HERE. 

This look is layered, full of details...lots of times with text and ledger backgrounds, bold florals and winged creatures.  When Nichole assigned us to work with Flower Garden, I knew this would be the perfect chance to experiment with recreating this look with stamps. 

And here is my attempt...


I combined Flower Garden with some background sets like Text Style and Library Ledger.  For the winged creature I used another oldie-but-goodie set, Honey Bees.  I threw in a few more basics like Fillable Frames #4 and Trademarks.  If you don't own these particular sets, you can look through what you have an improvise with something similar. Play around and see what you can come up with!


 If you're interested in trying this look yourself, here is the step-by-step process I used to create the design.

Start off by stamping Text Style script background about 2/3 of the way down your card front using Dark Chocolate ink.


Then fill in the lower left hand portion using Library Ledger, also with Dark Chocolate...


Now fill in the rest of the space with the diamond background stamp from Background Basics Botanical and Aqua Mist ink.


Using Trademarks, stamp the circle image in the lower right corner...


Using Fillable Frames #4, stamp the frame in the upper left corner, stamping it off the edge.


Now comes in our focal point...the pretty flowers from Flower Garden.  I stamped them in Pure Poppy to really make them stand out.  I stamped the stems with Ripe Avocado.


Now fill in with some more floral images from the set, layering them over the ledger stamping.  These are stamped in Aqua Mist with Ripe Avocado stems.


Now take the same three petal flower from the set and stamp it several times in the upper reight corner, forming a larger flower.


Layer the bee image from Honey Bees over that, stamping the wings in Dark Chocolate and the body in Summer Sunrise.



Now to really give it some punch, I sprayed my entire project with two different colors of Glimmer Mist.  If you like the more natural look, you could stop right here and skip this step!


I then diecut a ticket using the Ticket Border die and also sprayed that with Glimmer Mist.


I adhered it over the stamped label, folded back the excess and stamped the sentiment from Flower Garden.


And voila!  I layered, botanical collage card.  Kinda fun and addicting.  Gonna have to play around yet some more with this idea.  I added some buttons, ribbon and vintage lace to finish it off.

Now be sure to hop around to all of the other Senior Team members to see what they've whipped up with Flower Garden.

Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Michelle Wooderson
Nichole Heady

Stamps:  Flower Garden, Background Basics: Text Style, Background Basics: Botanical, Trademarks, Honey Bees, Fillable Frames #4
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise
Cardstock:  Vintage Cream
Dies:  Just the Ticket Border
Other:  Hibiscus Satin, White/Cream buttons, New Leaf Baker's Twine, vintage lace, gem