Hello and happy March! MARCH? Really! Spring will be here before we know it. Ok. Maybe not before we know it...but's it's coming! Eventually! It has to, right? :-)
The first of the month means it's time for a Sr Team challenge from Papertrey Ink. On the first of each month we revisit an older set and bring you some fresh inspiration. Today we're featuring one of my all time favorite sets...Mini Blooms.
Those little blooms can be tucked in anywhere and everywhere, or paired with your favorite technique. Endless fun.
My first card uses several of the smaller flowers in the set to build a heart design. I started off by tracing the heart die from the Shakers & Sprinkles kit lightly with a pencil to act as my guide. I stamped my sentiment in the center first, then I just put several of the little flowers on a bunch of small clear blocks and started stamping away.
I started on the outer edges and worked my way inward. There are so many different sizes and shapes of little flowers in the Mini Blooms set that make this sort of technique really easy. I could always find just the right little flower or leaf to fill in each spot in the design. Once I had it all filled in I erased my pencil guidelines.
My next card combines the large corner flower cluster and my favorite technique of late - watercolor smooshing. I started with a panel of white cardstock and added the watercolor to the corners, knowing that I wanted to stamp those pretty floral corners over the top. The upper left corner was watercolored with Limeade Ice and Aqua Mist inks. The lower right was done with Summer Sunrise and Hibiscus Burst inks.
Once my watercoloring was dry I stamped the floral clusters in each corner using True Black ink. The I diecut all of the little flowers using the Mini Blooms dies, stamped them in bright colors and layered them over the black stamped clusters. I just used those pre-made clusters as my guide and added the same flowers over the top, with foam squares. A little True Black baker's twine wrapped around the front and a simple "hello" sentiment from the Mini Blooms set finishes it off.
It was such a joy to pull out this set again on a cold winter day. A little spot of spring, with the promise of real spring headed our way...eventually! Hang in there, friends! To see more pretty floral projects using the Mini Blooms set, be sure to hop around the other Sr Team girls...