Summer Garden Cards & Lavender Bags

Summer Garden Cards & Lavender Bags

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned stamper you're sure to enjoy working with Viva Decor Paper Soft Colors - I know I do! This truly versatile, highly pigmented ink can be used to stamp designs, colour designs, stencil designs and make beautiful colour blended background papers.

When using Paper Soft to colour stamped images, I like to use a waterbrush and add about 10% of liquid glucose (available from chemists) to the water to increase the open time of the ink whilst colouring. I usually mix up a little batch of water and glucose and keep it in an applicator bottle so it's ready at hand when brush top-ups are needed.

On the cards shown below the backgrounds and stamped images are all worked with Paper Soft Color and whilst the lavender bags are made using the same blending technique I've switched to Soft-Tex Fabric paints on muslim fabrics instead to make my own one of a kind printed fabric. Give it a go, I think you'll enjoy the process and the results.

Beautiful Life

135mm x 135mm

1 – Cut a 135mm x 270mm piece of 369g card. Score and fold in half.

2 – Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the front of base card. Use circular strokes and build up the colour gradually. Use a scrap piece of paper to protect the back of the card from being coloured.

3 – Cut two pieces of 246g card – 125mm x 125mm and 120mm x 120mm.

4 - Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the 120mm x 120mm card.

5 – Using a lollipop stick or palette knife, spread the relief texture paint through the stencil to add the raised paint detail to two corners.

6 – Using the white ink pad and embossing powder, stamp and heat emboss the butterflies. Colour butterflies with Paper-Soft colour. Cut out butterflies. Use a bone scoring tool to shape the wings and glue the small butterfly onto the larger one.

7 – With black ink, stamp the text in position.

8 – Glue the two card panels together and add the ribbons. Use foam tape to attach to base card.

9 - Tie a small bow with the ribbons. Attach bow and butterfly to card and finish with small rhinestone embellishments.

Happy Birthday

105mm x 105mm

1 – Cut a 105mm x 210mm piece of 369g card. Score and fold in half.

2 – Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the front of base card. Use circular strokes and build up the colour gradually. Use a scrap piece of paper to protect the back of the card from being coloured.

3 – Cut two pieces of 246g card – 95mm x 95mm and 88mm x 88mm.

4 - Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the 88mm x 88mm card.

5 – Using a lollipop stick or palette knife, spread the relief texture paint through the stencil to add the raised paint detail to two corners.

6 – Using the white ink pad and embossing powder, stamp and heat emboss the topiary tree. Colour with Paper-Soft colour. Cut out the tree. Use a bone scoring tool to shape the tree.

7 – With black ink, stamp the text in position.

8 – Glue the two card panels together and add the ribbons. Use foam tape to attach to base card.

9 - Using foam pads attach tree to card and finish with small rhinestone embellishments.

Dream & Laugh

105mm x 170mm

1 – Cut a 170mm x 210mm piece of 369g card. Score and fold in half.

2 – Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the front of base card. Use circular strokes and build up the colour gradually. Use a scrap piece of paper to protect the back of the card from being coloured.

3 – Cut two pieces of 246g card – 95mm x 158mm and 88mm x 148mm.

4 - Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the 88mm x 148mm card.

5 – Using a lollipop stick or palette knife, spread the relief texture paint through the stencil to add the raised paint detail to two corners.

6 – Using the white ink pad and embossing powder, stamp and heat emboss the bird and butterfly. Colour these with Paper-Soft colour. Cut out and use a bone scoring tool to shape the pieces.

7 – With black ink, stamp the text in position.

8 – Glue the two card panels together and add the ribbons. Use foam tape to attach to base card.

9 - Tie a small bow with the ribbons. Attach bow, bird and butterfly to card and finish with small rhinestone embellishments.

Especially for You

210mm x 105mm

1 – Cut a 210mm x 210mm piece of 369g card. Score and fold in half.

2 – Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the front of base card. Use circular strokes and build up the colour gradually. Use a scrap piece of paper to protect the back of the card from being coloured.

3 – Cut two pieces of 246g card – 95mm x 198mm and 190mm x 88mm.

4 - Sponge the Paper-Soft colours onto the 190mm x 88mm card.

5 – Using a lollipop stick or palette knife, spread the relief texture paint through the stencil to add the raised paint detail to two corners.

6 – Using the white ink pad and embossing powder, stamp and heat emboss the birdhouses. Colour these with Paper-Soft colour. Cut out and use a bone scoring tool to shape the pieces.

7 – With black ink, stamp the text in position.

8 – Glue the two card panels together and add the ribbons. Use foam tape to attach to base card.

9 - Tie a small bow with the ribbons. Attach birdhouses to card and finish with small rhinestone embellishments.

Lavender Bags

95mm x 130mm

1 – Cut a 225mm x 170mm piece of muslin. Use masking tape to secure the fabric to a rigid wipe clean surface. (A cutting mat is ideal).

2 – Dampen the foam dabbers in water prior to use. Sponge the So-Soft Fabric paints onto the muslin fabric. Use circular strokes and build up the colour gradually. Wash dabbers. Remove tape and leave fabric to dry. Iron on reverse to heat set the colours.

3 – Using a damp foam dabber and the white So-Soft Fabric paint, sponge the paint onto the butterfly stamps and overstamp onto the coloured muslin. Wash dabbers and stamps. Leave to dry and iron on reverse to heat set the colours.

4 – Turn under a double hem at the top of the bag and press with a hot iron. Using a zig zag stitch, sew the lace in position.

5 – With the pattern side facing inside and using a straight stitch sew the two shorter sides together. Trim and overlock this side seam using a zig zag stitch.

6 – Position this side seam to the centre back of the bag. Straight stitch the bag base seam. Trim and overlock. Turn bag the correct way, pushing out corners with a ruler or scissors.

7 – Add two handfuls of dried lavender to bag.

8 – Fasten two jump rings together and fasten onto the charm. Thread onto the ribbons. Tie the bag securely with the two ribbons and finish with a bow.

TIPS

Attach elements to cards using foam pads at centres and glue at the edges.

Build up sponged colour gradually.

Fabric paints are permanent, don't allow them to dry on stamps and dabbers.

Use fabric paints to stamp and stencil designs onto T-shirts, jeans, cushions and much more!

Published in Issue 32 of Creative Stamping.

Products Mentioned

  • Buddly Crafts 10mm Scallop Cotton Crochet Lace - 3m - White L2
  • Buddly Crafts 2-8mm Flatback Resin Rhinestones - 1000pcs Crystal #R21
  • Buddly Crafts 5mm Jump Rings - 100pcs Silver Tone ST13
  • Buddly Crafts Silver Tone Metal Charms - 16pcs 21mm x 8mm Words ST26
  • Collall Needle Tip Applicator Bottle - 100ml
  • Cuddly Buddly Clear Stamps - Little Poppets Birthday CBS0013
  • Cuddly Buddly Clear Stamps - Rose Garden CBS0021
  • Dutch Doobadoo A5 Mask Art Stencil - Geometric Tiles #5035
  • Heyda A4 Smooth Bristol Cardstock - 10pcs White - 246g
  • Heyda A4 Smooth Bristol Cardstock - 10pcs White - 369g
  • Knorr Prandell 3mm Satin Ribbon Roll 10m - Lilac #030
  • Knorr Prandell 6mm Sheer Organza Ribbon Roll - 10m - White #4000
  • Kuretake ZIG Brush H20 Waterbrush - 1pc - Medium Tip WSBR02
  • M BOSS Embossing Powder 0.25oz - White
  • Nature's Way 122cm (48
  • Tsukineko Memento Luxe Ink Pad - Wedding Dress
  • Tsukinenko VersaFine Ink Pad Large - Onyx Black
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set - Flowers & Butterflies 2 #151
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set - Quotes 1 #142
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set - Springtime #152
  • Viva Decor Paper Soft Color - Magenta 501
  • Viva Decor Paper Soft Color - Pea Green 705
  • Viva Decor Paper Soft Color - Sea Blue 606
  • Viva Decor Paper Soft Color - Violet 500
  • Viva Decor Relief Stencil Paste - 150ml Antique White
  • Viva Decor Soft-Tex Fabric Paint 50ml - 100 White
  • Viva Decor Soft-Tex Fabric Paint 50ml - 401 Pink
  • Viva Decor Soft-Tex Fabric Paint 50ml - 650 Turquoise
  • Viva Decor Soft-Tex Fabric Paint 50ml - 701 Kiwi
  • Viva Decor Sponge Dabbers

Kim MacFarlane

Designer & Founder of Buddly Crafts. A passionate crafter who enjoys seeing creativity grow wings and take flight.