Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Winter Florals

The countdown to Papertrey Ink's October release continues today with a stunning collection of winter floral stamps and dies. I know many paper crafters rank floral images up there among their very favorite stamps to create with. If that describes you, you'll definitely want to make room for today's beauties!

Today's featured products, along with the rest of the October release, will be available at 10 pm EST October 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

We have so much to share today, starting with Spruce and Sprigs by Dawn McVey.


This set was generating much buzz just from the small peek Nichole showed last week. No wonder, just look at those gorgeous images! 

My favorite part of Christmas decorating is arranging all the holiday greenery, tucking little bits of this and that into all of my garlands and wreaths. Spruce & Sprigs is the same kind of fun, with endless options for making holiday and winter arrangements.


Here, I've created an arrangement to top one of Papertrey's Plain Pint Containers. I covered the container in an aqua pattern from the Pretty Pastels paper collection using the Pint Size Wrap dies. The circle for the top of the container was also die-cut using the Pint Size Wrap dies. I sponged on some Aqua Mist ink then spritzed it with water to get a watercolor look.

The greenery is all stamped with Spruce & Sprigs imagery and die-cut with the coordinating Spruce & Sprigs dies. I sponged some Pinefeather ink onto the two evergreen branches to give them more depth. For the rest of the images, I used Copic markers to add shading. 

The sentiment was done with stamps and dies from Christmas Cheer.


Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs, Christmas Cheer

Dies: Spruce & Sprigs, Christmas Cheer, Pint Size Wrap

Ink: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Pinefeather, Encore Metallic Gold

Paper: Pretty Pastels Paper Collection; White and Ocean Tides card stock

Other: Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon. foam adhesive, jingle bells, ivory linen thread, pint container






Next is a wintry creation using Botanical Blocks III by Nichole Heady. The set includes an anemone image and an amaryllis -- both perfect for winter occasions.


First I stamped the anemone image on watercolor paper in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in white. Next, I watercolored the image using Zig watercolor markers. I cut out the floral block using the Botanical Blocks dies, and layered onto a Basic Bookmark 3 die-cut (also from watercolor paper, so the layers would match).


I added a white embossed sentiment, and layered onto a Smokey Shadow + Sheer Basics Vellum background and card base.



Stamps: Botanical Blocks III

Dies: Botanical Blocks, Basic Bookmark 3

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Smokey Shadow card stock, watercolor paper, Sheer Basic Vellum

Other: white embossing powder, Zig Real Brush Clean Color watercolor markers, Smokey Shadow satin ribbon, ivory linen thread, foam adhesive, sewing machine




Last for today is a beautiful new cover plate, the Winter Florals Cover Plate


I die-cut the cover plate from watercolor card stock, then did a loose, messy watercolor using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I layered the Winter Florals layer over another piece of watercolor paper that I lightly splattered using some of the same mixed colors that I used for the cover plate. I also lightly sponged the perimeter of the underneath layer with Aqua Mist ink. 

Those of you who have trouble with ink blending should give it a go on watercolor paper. Oh my, the ink blending is dreamy! I used Strathmore 140-pound cold press Series 500 paper, and had absolutely no issue with splotchiness or lines from the blending foam.




The sentiment is from Dawn McVey's Tucked In: Holiday. I stamped it in black onto a Fillable Frames #11 die-cut (from watercolor paper, too), then did some ink blending in Ocean Tides to help it stand out.


For a finishing touch, I added a length of Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon, tied off and adorned with two tiny silver jingle bells.



Stamps: Tucked In: Holiday

Dies: Winter Floral Cover Plate, Fillable Frames #11

Ink: True Black, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides

Paper: 140-pound cold-press watercolor paper

Other: Gansai Tambi watercolors, brushes, ink blending tool, Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon, ivory linen thread, mini jingle bells




Visit the Papertrey team for lots more Winter Florals inspiration:




49 comments:

Luanne said...

Absolutely stunning Amy!

Silke Ledlow said...

Amy, these are GORGEOUS projects!

Suzanne Russell said...

Love the tag, but the two cards are some of the prettiest I've ever seen. Thanks, Amy! Truly inspiring.

jan metcalf said...

Love the aqua base to your tag, really sets off the greenery!. Your water coloring is masterful, beautiful card!

Kris said...

All My Love card.....STUNNING!!!

Ruth Gauss said...

Each project is a treasure because of all the wonderful colors and coloring/watercoloring! Fabulous designs overall! Thanks so much for sharing!

mamashops said...

So, so glad you joined the PTI team! Your creations are my favorites every month!

Tanja said...

Gorgeous creations , love the grey amaryllis, in fact they are all beautiful - you have chosen great colours for all your projects.

Christine Nixon said...

Amy, your work is just flawless! I love these colors on every card. I love the gray anemone - it would make a beautiful card for a winter wedding or even a sympathy card - so versatile.

adele holcomb said...

This is just so beautiful! I love the unusual colors and florals for a Christmas card -- something unique and different from the traditional red poinsettias!

Karen said...

Everyone of these is simply stunning!

A Cup of Cold Water said...

STUNNING, just stunning Amy
Thank you for sharing
Susan

jintyoo7 said...

Beautiful, and I love every little detail :-)

christalmclean said...

I imagine you are going to receive many comments and compliments today because your creations are beyond words to describe. The anemone was brilliant and so lovely. I imagined myself standing in a card shop and looking at one of the most beautiful cards I could purchase. You are one gifted girl and we love how you inspire us and use the products in ways we couldn't imagine. So thrilled you continue to be a part of the PTI team!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Stunning anemone card and that cover plate card...I gasped when I saw this!
Truly gorgeous!

Cindy H. said...

Wow, all of your creations are just so gorgeous but the All My Love card in it's simple elegance is simply stunning!!

Karen J Brandt said...

Your creations are amazing!

Marybeth said...

Stunning projects!!!

Connie said...

Love all of these, Amy, but especially the anemone done in grays - a different, but stunning, idea!

Lynne said...

Amy all three of these projects are simply stunning. Love everything about all of them. Really nice job with the Papertrey projects again. I really am glad that you are part of the design team.

gardener said...

Oh goodness the anemone is particularly gorgeous done in watercolor. And the winter florals co er plate is yummy. Great job!

Mary W said...

Gorgeous Best Wishes card for all sorts of wintery wishes no matter what faith.

Jill Norwood said...

GORGEOUS!!!! Absolutely amazing cards!!!!!

Leigh Penner said...

Gorgeous projects, Amy! You've totally sold me on that cover plate....

artful-notions said...

Amy, your projects are gorgeous! Loved the grey, so uniquely opulent the way you layered it all. You amaze!

Nancy said...

Absolutely beautiful, love the "winter" florals, great job!

karenb said...

All of your creations are gorgeous!!

Cheryl I said...

Your grey anemone card is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen! It is so unique with it's colors and design. I love your style and even though your creations have so much variety, they are all very warm and draw you in to look more closely at the details. Thank you for sharing your style, tips, and for the inspiration.

Nora N. said...

Oh I LOVE these beautiful projects you created from all the new sets. The candle topper is STUNNING!!!

Diana K said...

These are all over the top gorgeous, Amy. I'm especially in love with your first project's colour scheme!

Robin Cooper said...

My heart is going pitter patter! Lovely projects!!

Kari D said...

LOVE these! I so want to make the Christmas Cheer topper on the pint container....and the grey anemone with all of its details, to die for! AND the winter florals die? Well, I am a sucker for florals. THANKS for the amazing inspiration.

Vicki A said...

Beautiful projects!

Susi K said...

Amy, all of these are just gorgeous. I love the close up shots that give such clear detail on your projects!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Wow! Beautiful projects. Amazing coloring on all of them. Thanks.

Kathy Krug said...

Fabulous projects. Love the anemone and how you used the embossing and water coloring.

Elle said...

Your anemone card is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! Stunning!!!! One of the prettiest I've ever seen!! Wow!!!!

Sue McRae said...

Your projects are just beautiful!

Tami Babcock said...

Wow - all 3 knockouts!! Love what you did with Spruce & Sprigs - that one is fabulous!

Lucy Chipman said...

All 3 cards are beautiful, thanks.

Brithzi said...

Beautiful cards and container topper!

Elizabeth Garcia said...

Your cards are amazing. Gorgeous work.

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

Can you see me gushing and jumping with joy because of your AWESOME creations?
Once AGAIN I am soooo happy you are part of this wonderful team!!!

Cariños,
María Alba

Anonymous said...

Wow - who would think of a grey anenome - you would I guess. Probably one of the prettiest cards I've ever seen. All your projects are gorgeous but that one is exceptional. Way to go.

karen h said...

Oh my word - these are amazing! Your Botanical Blocks card is gorgeous, elegant, perfect and every other high-praise adjective that my mind cannot think of right now because this card blew it away! And your Cover Plate card put that die on my must have list - the sponging on the sentiment panel is a perfect touch.

Rema said...

All your cards are simply stunning Amy! I'm drooling over that All My Love Card. You have convinced me to buy that set!!

Moon Depinoy said...

Bravo
Superbe réalisations.

Barb said...

Of all the card blogs I follow, your creations are my absolute favorite. Your talent is amazing.

Ohhh Snap said...

Everything is just lovely! I'd love to see a tutorial on your use of Copics on the first project