Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking

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Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

Hello! Today is my very first post for The Hedgehog Hollow Design Team. Pretty exciting, huh?!

Before anything, I have to tell you that the goodies that came in the September subscription box are GORGEOUS. I might be a bit biased, though, since the stamp sets include my most favorite saying (which is the one I used for the card today).

I’m a sucker for floral stamp sets, too so you can imagine my glee when the mail lady dropped this off at the house:

Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

I’ll have a crafty VIDEO for you next week, but today I have a photo tutorial on how I made the floral frame for this lovely card.

Masking to Make The Frame

I used a Stitched Oval Die to cut an oval out of some masking paper and stuck it to a 4 1/8-inch x 5 3/8-inch piece of white cardstock. To make the floral frame, I chose a few images from the Bountiful Blooms set.

Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

Now to get a good frame, you need to make sure your flowers are overlapping all around the edges of your masked area. For the larger flowers on this card, I stamped an extra one onto some scrap masking paper and fussy-cut it out. That way I could add more images close to it without worrying about overlapping lines.

Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

Continue all the way around the oval until there’s no more room for flowers and leaves. Don’t worry too much if you have a couple of gaps; you can fix that with some ink blending. More on that in a minute.

I colored my design with Copic Sketch markers (with the mask still on for crisp lines). Here’s the list of the colors I used:

  • Large Flowers: V000, V15, V17
  • Purple Flowers: V17 with Y32, Y35 for centers
  • Pink Flowers: R20, R22, R59 for centers
  • Round Leaves: YG63
  • Pointy Leaves: YG67
Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

Here’s the part about the gap fix – once you have all the flowers colored, use your favorite ink blending tool to buff some color in areas that seem a little sparse. For me, that was around the leaves since the flowers did a good job covering most of the edge. I like the Nuvo Stencil Brushes for blending ink; it takes a little more time, but the smooth blend is worth it.

Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

The Reveal and Finishing Up

With all the blending and coloring done, it’s time for the fun part – peeling up the mask to see how it came out! It’s like opening a gift at Christmas, I tell ya.

Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

From there, I stamped the sentiment (from the Bloom Where You Are Planted set) using Versafine CLAIR in Nocturne and Monarch. Using the same die I used to cut the masking paper, I embossed the oval with my die cutting machine and a rubber mat.

Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

And to finish off the design, I dabbed around the florals with a couple of different colors Nuvo Crystal Drops and set it aside to dry. Full disclosure here: before I popped it onto an A2 card base, I decided to mat the card front with the piece of glimmery coral cardstock that came in the September box. So pretty!

Bloom Where You Are Planted + Stamp Masking - September subscription box (The Hedgehog Hollow)

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