Today is my friend Sandy's Birthday.
Sandy is the owner and creative brain behind Crafty Secrets, and my
( I mean friend) lol feels like a sister though. She is very special to me. These photos are of her and her hubby Scott. ( he's a pretty great guy too)
this ones for you Sandy!
I wanted to focus on using these to stamp sets on this layout. That's right girls.. remember stamps aren't just for card makers. I love the effects you can get using beautiful stamps for background designs AND accents for layouts.
I wish you could see the layout in real life. So you could see the layers better and the depth the stamping gives it.
I took a few photos below to explain a fun way to do your edges.
I also used Stickles, Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glam to give it some sparkle. I love using Glimmer Glam on my edges.. and one of my favorite colors is "Cowboy". It is like the effect of inking and aging the edges but with some dimension too.
I had fun making this flower. I cut out graduated sizes of simple flower shapes. One vellum, one muslin, and 2 or three ( depending on how much "pooof" you want). I used three.
I then stamped with different stamps from the "Artsy Banners" set on the vellum and on the muslin with Versafine vintage sepia (instant dry pigment ink). Quick dry is the key,so you don't have to worry about smudging.
I then started with largest size and ran a simple running stitch around the center (you can see this on the patterns below). I did this with each of the layers, stitching one layer to another as I went. ( this isn't a time consuming process at all... it doesn't have to be perfect.. just enough to gather the flat flowers to make them more dimensional.)
When they were all put together, I added the pretty to the center... and then some Stickles to the edges of the vellum and muslin.
When I said I use "not perfect" flower shapes , I wasn't kidding. I just cut mine...with out a pattern as I go. If you have a die cut machine that cuts graduated sizes you can certainly use that. I do.. and could.. and probably should.. lol..but this time I didn't. I will tell you , I have found that flowers with out really pointed edges seem to look better I think. Once they are gathered you certainly don't notice if the flower shape is perfect. Truthfully... I like things "not perfect" for the most part. That's the beauty of "handmade" right? ha ( that's my excuse anyway).
If you want simple patterns to go by, you are welcome to use these. I just sketched and cut out three sizes of flowers, and a couple of sizes of leaves. You can print them out whatever size you want. Just remember that you will want to make them a bit bigger than what you want your finished flower to be, because the gathering will make them smaller. ( depending on how much you gather them ). *The pen marks are just a idea of about where I do a few running hand stitches to gather each flower.
For the leaves .. I just crumple them a bit before adding them to my page.
Okay.. one more fun thing I wanted to show you. This is a great way to make a frame or edge to your layout.
I took a large shape, like this one from AccuCut. I turn mine over (using the backside), so I can save the front for use later. Lay it down on your 12x12 background paper. ( i'm using the different color here.. just so you can see it better). If you want you can put a small piece of double sided tape between the two papers to hold it in place while you stamp. I used the "bookprint" stamp for my edge. I just randomly stamped all around the edge. Again.. random... not perfect looks better. Let is overlap and even stamp a couple of times before re-inking,so you get some lighter print and some darker.
( the while sheet behind .. is just to keep me from stamping on my table). :(
You'll get this cool effect.
Hope you get a chance to try this, and have a little fun creating today!