The June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp is out today, details below. By June the flowers are in full flow so I thought I’d share a floral watercolour today using the Fabulous Florals set and talk about how to arrange florals in your card design easily. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
First off, here’s a look at the new Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit. I’ll list the items individually too in case the kit sells out, or you come across this post later on.
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typography Findings
- Gina K Designs Mini Iridescent Glitter Glitz Gel 25mL
- Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Trails 6×6 inch stencil
- Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies 6×8 inch clear stamp set
- 1 sheet of each pattern of the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District 6×8 inch paper pad
- 1 randomly selected sheet of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clippings stickers
- 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy cardstock
- 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of Simon Says Stamp Slate cardstock
- 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of Simon Says Stamp Ivory cardstock
- 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of Simon Says Stamp Lemon Chiffon cardstock
HOW TO EASILY ARRANGE FLORALS
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- Stamp the flowers and leaves from the Fabulous Florals set in Antique Linen Distress Ink on a watercolour card, stamping off first for a light application of ink
- Paint with watercolours. I used Daniel Smith and kept the intensity of colour to the flower centres and outside of the petals.
- Fussy cut around the images with a sharp pair of scissors
- Die cut a panel of Fog card with a Wonky Rectangle die
- Arrange the florals on the card and attach with foam adhesive
- Splatter with white gouache
- Die cut the Bold Hello sentiment from Ivory card and attach to the panel with foam adhesive
- Add the panel to a card base cut and scored from Ivory card
- Accent with pearls, sequins and enamel dots
So let’s talk about how to arrange florals easily. Firstly, painting and fussy cutting your flowers and leaves as individual elements is key. It is much easier to play around with where to place the flowers if you can move them around. Then thinking of design, I like to use odd numbers as these are more pleasing to the eye supposedly. So a single flower or a group of three or five. I like to use differently sized images – a large and a couple of smaller flowers, a few long stems of leaves and a few shorter sprigs. All these variations add interest and with this in mind, for the flowers, I used one layer of foam adhesive on the smaller flowers and two layers on the larger flower to make it pop and bring it forward. I also, although not always, like to arrange flowers across the diagonal rather than horizontal. You get more room for a start and can have leaves trailing off to give the arrangement a lovely shape. If you prefer a one-layer design, I suggest you stamp the elements on scrap paper, play around with arranging them and then stamp and mask the bouquet according to your plan.
Here’s another example where fussy cutting the elements made life so much easier. It would’ve been a tricky feat to stamp and paint this arrangement of flowers cascading from an envelope. Five flowers on this one (odd number) but because of fitting in the envelope, I didn’t work on a diagonal across the card. However, even though the arrangement is horizontal, I did aim to hit a higher point to the left and a lower end to the right with the trailing leaves to give some movement. You can find the original post here which mainly uses the Look For The Rainbows set.
There’s a video which goes with this more complex arrangement. If you look closely, there are seven flowers (odd number), some painted in more detail than others and layers of foam adhesive help to add dimension and bring some of the elements forward. You can find the original post here using the Beautiful Flowers set.
Oh and unrelated to arranging florals, but I thought you might like to see an example of a butterfly card which would relate to the June Card Kit. This uses the Comfort & Prayers set and the original post can be found here.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D