Saturday, June 2, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Floral Frenzy

Hi!  Suzz here.  For my Saturday Showcase I was inspired by the current Layers of Lace Challenge.  I started with a bunch of leftovers from my design for the challenge and decided to showcase a floral frenzy of backgrounds from a variety of floral stencils and die cuts.

How does one get inspired to create so many different backgrounds?  When I start on a new challenge I usually will pull from my stash anything that I think works for the challenge.  I then will start playing with backgrounds or techniques.  This usually leaves me with a healthy stash of leftovers.

For the lace challenge I had pulled out doily inspired stencils and die cuts.  This left me with a pile of die cut images, stenciled backgrounds and inspiration waiting to happen!

I created a variety of tags and card bases that I can add embellishments and sentiments to finish them when needed.

The doily layering stencil was my first inspiration:

1. Lay the doily stencil  on cardstock and spray the pretty worn lipstick distress stain spray through the stencil onto the cardstock.
2. Lay white cardstock on top of the inky stencil. 
2. After the image dries, cut it up and turn into a tag. 

Next was a softer doily effect:

1. Lay the doily stencil on a 5" x 5" white cardstock.
2. Sponge the stencil with pink distress oxide ink.
3. Shift stencil and repeat.

After I used the pink spray I decided to try it in a tarnished brass: 
1. Lay the stencil down and spray the stencil with gold.
2. Lay cardstock onto inky stencil and pick up ink.
3. If the stencil is too dry you can spritz it with water to add a bit more moisture.

I loved how the gold looked and decided to take a different approach with my next card.
1. Lay the stencil onto white cardstock.
2. Using translucent embossing paste spread over stencil.
3. Let embossing paste dry.
4. Rub on metallique wax - vintage gold over the entire surface.
5. Repeat until you get the gold finish you desire.
6. Buff off any excessive gold on the embossed areas with a dry paper towel.

After I had fun playing with the doily stencil, I pulled out the blossom stencil and created a background. 
1. Lay the blossom stencil on the white cardstock. Apply white embossing paste over stencil.
2. Let dry.
3. Spray purple stain spray from left side of embossed area and pink spray from right.
4. While ink is wet spritz with water and tilt paper to blend colors.

After I finished with the stencils I had on my desk a piece of cardstock that I had die cut with the blossoms from the mixed media stencils. I decided to use this as a stencil.

First I wanted some background interest.
1. Stamp the background of the cardstock using an embossing ink.
2. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
3. (My stamp had some leftover black ink which caused a soft gray image. I liked the effect and left it instead of starting again)

1. Lay the die cut cardstock in the corner of the stamped background.
2. Sponge on antique linen distress ink or use embossing ink depending on the embossing powder you are going to use.

3. Sprinkle the sponged ink with vintage pearl embossing powder. Shake off excess.
4. Heat the embossing powder to melt.

I repeated the process multiple times to use the backgrounds in a variety of ways.

First I misted over the embossed images:

1. Spray from an angle brown ink and added a spritz of water to help it blend and spread.

That ended up looking like this:
On another background I left the background after embossing the flowers:
Finally I sprayed the background completely brown and sponged on more brown dye ink.  After that I decided to cut the image in half and create two small tags to put on gifts:

After I finished with the stenciled version of the cards, I used the masks to create two more card bases.
I sprinkled the mask with vintage pearl embossing powder and  heated up the die cut piece. I cut it down to fit on a mini card.

Finally I took the original mask with the sponged background and added a bit of text and mounted it on a card base.
After a little embellishing:

I hope you are inspired to play with your floral dies and stencils!

Don't forget that the current Layers of Lace Challenge is open until June 4th and to come back on the 5th for a brand new challenge!


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  1. So much fun to be had creating all these different floral backgrounds that could then be used on lots of projects! Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas Suzz xx

  2. Wow! What a great post full of lovely inspiration! Gorgeous cards -- I love the text stamped panel and that beautiful flower!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I love all the backgrounds!

  4. This is absolutely spectacular, Sue! That's such a pretty stencil and die and all the variations you have created with them are fabulous. Thank you for such beautiful techniques!

  5. Suzz! You are one INSPIRING young lady! You have created such a plethora of amazing backgrounds and resulting projects! No kidding, I really felt myself getting so excited over each new technique! What an amazing array of ideas all in this one fabulous tutorial! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  6. Each of these panels and your finished cards are just so beautiful Suzz! I love your chosen pattern and brilliant ideas. TFS and hugs, Autumn

  7. I loved having this peek inside your creative process, Suzz! All those wonderful variations with one stencil and die! The end result is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this wonderfully inspiring post!