Artisan Design: latest release “Floral Bouquet” is debuting 25th September at 10am on Hochanda; including the “Bus Fare” and “Jasmine Leaves” which were donated for this article.
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This latest release builds upon the previous floral and sentiment ranges; while further expanding the background range.
The floral stamps are always accompanied by great sentiments in a wide range of fonts. Artisan Design’s sentiments are never your typical “happy birthday” etc. but instead aimed more at the art journaling market. We had “Jasmine Leaves” to play with and I love the contemporary fonts used in this set and they embossed really well.
The background stamps are always interesting from Artisan Designs. They range from natural to manmade and are great for creating multicolour inked backgrounds. We had “Bus Fare” – ironically I only realised the name for the stamp after sending off our samples. We will be doing a genealogy scrapbook layout next week.
Artisan Design DT Project: Grid based Card
So, I started off by stamping the Bus Fare background stamp twice…
… Firstly, using embossing ink onto a sheet of Artisan Design’s Babylonia Cardstock (printed cardstock). Then, use white embossing powder and a heat gun to emboss the design. White detail embossing powder will really pop on this background as you have this colourful background that really pushes the white forward; the detail embossing powder will keep all of the high quality detail you have in these stamps.
Secondly, onto light green cardstock using a stamp platform; I used several inks to create this image; with each colour being dotted onto the stamp and then stamping the image before applying the next colour. The colours I used were: Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn and Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough. Only use one colour per impression and you can spritz with water or shimmer spray onto the stamp for a different effect. This means we can use many different colours and/or ink types on one image without contaminating our ink pads.
Dividing the images
With our two versions stamped, we now divide them up using a grid; trim an even border around your images and this way you will have matching pieces. It is much easier to do this with a paper trimmer than using a ScanNCut for this instance. The simplest way to make a grid: divide it into halves and quarters up the vertical edge and the horizontal edge divides easily into 3 forming a grid of 12 pieces.
For this first project, we need to use nine of these squares – choosing alternately between the two images. I kept the corners to the embossed pieces and went from there; then, mount the squares onto contrasting card: the light green card mounted onto a darker green, and the Babylonia pieces mounted onto more of the light green card.
Onto a piece of white card, stamp the Bus Fare image twice using the multi-colour technique using the same inks as before. This forms our background piece so trim it so the edge is inline with the stamped image.
Putting the card together
Mount your 4 corner pieces square on first onto your background panel; this gives your design a sense of stability. Adhere all of the other squares at an angled to give your card a more fun feel. Allow space for your sentiment row to be inserted as you will only be using 3 out of the 4 rows you created originally. In our sample, we skipped the second row, but you could make yours look different again by missing the third row.
Mat this grid piece onto a larger piece of the green dotty card that is slightly smaller than your card base.
The main “Gather” sentiment is an in-built design from the ScanNCut; cut this from more of the Babylonia printed cardstock; the quality of this card makes it a dream to cut. Then, use the offset feature to cut the same design from white cardstock to allow the “Gather” to pop.
Stamp your “with strength” sentiment using a dark green inkpad onto the light green cardstock. Jauntily trim around this as in the photo above as it adds to the funky effect.
Decorating the sentiment
The sentiment and grid needed a more focal element to complete the design. Stamp the foliage sprigs from “Jasmine Leaves” using the same dark green ink from your sentiment; this brings the colour through to give an harmonious finish. I added further interest by painting with some more of the Distress Ink applied to a “splodge mat”. These were then popped behind our sentiment. Use a strip of the green dotty cardstock to build your sentiment strip upon; I used foam tape in order to add dimension to the piece. Adhere the sprigs behind this onto a strip of the light green card that goes the full width of your card front.
The projects you can see in the slideshow above will be released here on this blog throughout the next week so be sure to subscribe to hear when they go live. To purchase the stamps, visit Hochanda or the Artisan Design website.