‘Garden of Love’

I was excited to get going on this week’s #inspiby prompt. I have had this gorgeous stamp from Carabell Studios that Birgit Koopsen designed for a while now and dreamed up this plan of how I was going to deconstruct it for a layout.

Isn’t this a gorgeous stamp set? One stamp and one sentiment. This was my personal challenge to do this week. (as if one challenge wasn’t enough right! *wink) I started off stamping this image four times onto watercolor paper. Well, actually, I ended up stamping it twice onto watercolor paper and twice onto 110 lb white cardstock and here’s why. The watercolor paper was cold press and it had a bit of texture to it. After stamping it using Versafine Onyx Black ink and my Hampton Arts stamp press multiple times, it just didn’t give me a smooth enough stamp, that’s why I ended up using the cardstock instead.

I set those aside and prepped my pages with Gesso. Then following Catherine’s process in this week’s prompt (you can check out that blog post HERE if you missed it.) I made some lines across the page using gelatos in the colors of blue for the sky and greens for the ground. (I have older gelatos and they don’t have color names.)

Then I plopped down a bit of gesso, first blending the sky and then rinsing my brush good before going back to blend the greens for the ground. (Rinsing the brush will ensure that you don’t end up with a muddy brown mess and keep your blues blue and your greens well, green!)

I love how where there was no gelato the gesso stayed white and created a cloud effect! I didn’t totally blend in the lines as I felt this added some dimension to the page.  While this dried I pulled out my stamped images.

To prep the stamped images, I knew I was going to cut out the leafy pattern and use it around the outside of my layout for a border so I colored it in with the kiwi gelato and some water to soften and spread the color.

Then I alternated coloring in the inside pattern design using a light green Pitt Pen and outlined the outside with Uniball Signo white gel pen.  Then it was time to cut.

And cut, and cut and then fussy cut some more!  Yes, I know this part of the stamp wasn’t colored, but that is because I was actually cutting it out for a different part of the design. Which brings me to another point. It took me a bit of flipping and twisting and trying to look at the stamp in a different way. Not as a whole, but as different sections of the stamp individually. This way I could fussy cut out those sections for different parts of my garden flowers.

I glued down all leafy greens to the outside border and then using the TCW334S Mini Well Rounded stencil I added some lines for dimension with Cornflower Blue Ranger Archival ink for the sky area.

Using the same stencil I added some stenciling to the ground as well with the Vivid Chartreuse Ranger archival ink and also a hint of distress ink for some darker accents.

I dabbed a Guava Gelato onto a baby wipe and swiped onto the sky to give it some color, similarly to how Catherine did it in her process video.

My journal has gotten so chunky and stamping a good image onto a page would be a nightmare. So my solution is to stamp my sentiment onto deli paper! Yes! Deli paper! It gives you a great stamped image, glues down almost clear, and while you can see I didn’t soften out the ripples, (I wanted it slightly wrinkled for effect) you can use the side of an old gift card or credit card to smooth it out. Next, I glued down all my little cut flower pieces to the pages. I used Finnabair’s impasto paints to color in the center of the larger flowers and then used my favorite Sakura Moonlight gel pens to color in the rest of the flower petals. The Moonlight pens are not only vibrant but they color beautifully over black!

I drew some stem lines down from the flowers. They were far from perfect, but nature doesn’t grow straight either, right? I added more details to the flower petals and went back over the border to brighten the color and added some details as well.

Voila! I whimsy garden all made from ONE stamp! I am pretty excited with how this turned out. It took a bit of brain power to turn one stamp into all the different flowers, but I did it. Challenge complete!

Here are some close-up shots:


I hope you had as much fun creating your layout as I did this week! Don’t forget to upload your pictures onto Instagram using the #inspiby tag! I look forward to seeing all your creations so be sure to tag me as well!

Until next time… Happy Creating!


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