Sunday, 16 August 2015

Arianna blooms stamps and die set.



It feels like an eternity since I last posted or even visited my blog. I am sure it's not  really as long as it feels. The reason being is, I have been very busy packing up  my kitchen, cleaning and having floor tiles containing asbestos removed. Then cleaning again and putting everything back.  If that wasn't enough, the house was due a full electrical inspection too. More inconvenience, so I haven't done much over the last few weeks apart from hump furniture around 

I also celebrated a birthday last week and received some wonderful crafty presents. I also treated myself to a set of Heartfelt Creations coordinating dies and stamps. I chose the Arianna Blooms set. I really love the fact you can stamp and cut 5 flowers at time.  I am always put off the flower building dies due to the amount of individual petals you have to cut to build one flower, so this is great for the impatient stamper /die cutter like me. 


There is something else I love about these dies too but I'll come to that in a little while.

They are very easy to use. First you stamp the flowers then you place the die over the stamped image and tape the die down to prevent it moving and run it through  the die cutting machine. It's as simple as that.


 
 

Now this is the other thing I love about these die and stamp sets.
Take a look at the photo of the die below.
Notice the cutting edge of the die is on the edge of the die. That means the white border around the image is minimal.
 I have never liked dies that leave the wide border around the images. But when I saw how close these dies cut I knew, I  just had to have them.
 

 
Once cut out you can colour and assemble any way you like . Here are a few examples.
 

The blue one I inked with SU 's bashful blue and brocade blue ink and then applied some Wink of Stella to the petals for some shimmer. Personally I think it's too shimmery. I think a light spritz of shimmer paint mixed with a some Isopropyl  (rubbing alcohol)

For the purple one I used SU's Pale Plum and Concorde Crush to colour this one.  I chose cream stamens and pearls for the centre of this one.
 
I used SU's  Hello Honey to colour this one and black stamens for contrast and one of those flat back gems that look like Jelly tots.
 
 You can colour these or stamp them on any colour card, add as many stamens as you like,  add  gem stones or pearls. vary the stamen colours, heat emboss the stamped image. stamp them on Vellum. The possibilities are almost endless.
 
There is one more thing I have not yet mentioned and that is the shaping of the petals.
for all of the above flowers I  lightly sprayed the back of each layer with water and crushed/ pleated each petal  length ways down each and every  petal and allowed the petals to dry off a little before opening them up and layering up.
You can shape each petal with a ball tool instead for a more rounded look flower. It's great to be able to get  several different looking flowers from one die set. 
 I favour the crushed petal version.
The rounded version is slightly  quicker to make.
 
If you want to see demos on making these flowers go to ...  YouTube and watch Heartfelt Creations  Emma Lou 's flower shaping videos.
 
As you can see .....I got carried away.

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