Bloom ... by Amanda Pink


Hello Everyone

Welcome to my Thursday weekly creativity.
This week I have a couple of cards to share with you featuring some of the lovely new stamps by That's Crafty! designed by the very talented artist Melina Dahl.
As most of you will have gathered by now I'm not really a 'Flower Girl' so to speak but Melina's well designed stamps are very versatile and lend themselves to a range of creative styles. On this occasion I have opted for a somewhat 'graphic' style using black and white with subtle use of colour .....

I began by cutting a couple of panels of heavy black Cardstock. It needs to be heavy (300gsm+) to be able to take the wet mediums.
I then positioned a die centrally on one of the black card panels and used masking tape to keep the die in place. Taking a piece of cut n dry foam I sponged a couple of coats of white gesso and a coat of PaperArtsy Snowflake fresco finish paint into the 'open' space the die created. 

Once dry I carefully removed the masking tape and die to leave an area of white to work on. I repeated the process on the second panel of black cardstock. 
I inked and stamped two of Melina's Flower designs onto each of the whitened out areas, dried them with a heat gun and then watercolored both of the images using Distress inks.  

I also painted a light wash of blue around the flowers. 

Once the painted ink was dry I added a bit of doodling using a white fineliner pen.
I then mounted the panels onto two ivory hand made card blanks and to finish I added a stamped word taken from one of Lynne Moncrieff affirmations. 

Products Used:

Card StockBlack, Ivory
That's Crafty! White Gesso
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint: SnowflakeAny White Acrylic paint will work - see a range here
Tsukineko Versafine Ink: Black Onyx
Distress Inks: Barn Door, Festive BerriesPeeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean
That's Crafty! Stamp Set: Flower Collection Set 3 designed by Melina Dahl
That's Crafty! Stamp Set: Lynne's Affirmations Set 6 designed by Lynne Moncrieff 
Spellbinder Deckled Mega Rectangle Nestabilities die.  
Paper Trimmer/ Guillotine
Paper Towel

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration using Melina's stamps design.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by - much appreciated
Wishing you all a lovely week and hope you can make it again next.... same time, same place
Take Care

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  1. Amanda, both cards are gorgeous, I love how you created the 'frame' around the white - such a great idea and one which I will definitely be trying out! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. What a great idea like Anne I need to give that a try. Beautiful finished cards.
    Amanda x

  3. Such striking cards Amanda and the way you created the central focal point on each one is so clever and inventive. Fabulous designs.
    Fliss xx

  4. Thanks so much Anne, Aamnda and Fliss for always visiting and for always leaving me some kind words . Both are really appreciated X

  5. The panels are fabulously bold yet there is also a very feminine style within that boldness.

  6. Great stamps and you've showcased them beautifully with these cards, Amanda.
    Alison x

  7. Thank you so much Alison, Sam and Lynne for taking the time to stop by and leave me such lovely kind words . Both are very much appreciated x


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