Saturday, August 7, 2010

You'll be needing Fifth Avenue Floral

I'm often asked about favourite stamp sets - here's one! Fifth Avenue Floral, introduced in last year's catalogue (and still to be available in the forseeable future, of course) is just a fabulous one!

Here's some of the fun I've had with mine lately:
This is a pretty simple technique, a bit of fun for a stamping afternoon or evening ... stamp your image onto watercolour paper, in any of your favourite water based Stampin' Up inks (not black or white, they are different...). The strong colours work best. This is Rich Razzleberry (totally excellent for this purpose).

Then grab an aquapainter, or a fine paintbrush and water, and just ... paint the inside of the petals with water. Let the ink run. If you do a petal at a time, the in will run into each petal, rather than just all over. Dry it off with a heat tool as you go, if that helps. But basically, just paint water and have fun!

For the background, I've used the (sigh - breathtakingly nice) "Manhattan Flower" Textured Impressions folder for the Big Shot. It matches the large rose in the stamp set. Oh, and there's the curly punch too.

Here's another go I had at that same watercolour technique:

At the recent Stampin' Up convention, the lovely Shelli herself (the CEO and chief muse to all demonstrators) used actual old book pages in a sample she made in front of us - yes, she does what I do, takes apart old damaged books and makes them precious again! So I feel good about showing this one off - it includes a page from a very damaged French-English pocket dictionary.

The colour here is Not Quite Navy - I've found it's the "runniest" ink of all for watercolouring purposes. That is, it loves jumping onto a paintbrush and going where you tell it.

See that little oval shape around the "For You" sentiment? Made that with the Word Window, but I had to punch twice. That's worth learning - you can make a short oval as well as a long one.

I have two more Fifth Avenue Floral goodies to show, but they aren't finished, and I really mustn't spoil the surprise by showing them off half done!

Anyway, there are roughly a brazillion other ways to use this set. It has three flowers, a stem, and a nice sentiment too. It's super-popular, and you can have it for $45.95. Maybe you should think about putting it on your wishlist.