Jun 6, 2010

Botanicals Blog Hop

Good evening!

Tonight we are featuring the new Botanicals stamp set with a special technique themed blog hop event! I chose to use one of my favorite techniques with bold images like the ones in the Botanicals stamp set: Polished Stone.


On my cards tonight, I've used a variety of Ranger's Alcohol inks, their blending solution, blending tool and felts.  If you are unfamiliar with the Polished Stone technique, Gina has a video on StampTV that you are going to want to check out.  Here's the link for you.  She uses different inks than I used on my projects, but the technique is the same.

My first card uses a bright horizon background that I made with a variety of inks all stippled in a row to simulate a sunset ....


Card Details
Stamps: Botanicals
Inks: Black Stazon; Ranger Alcohol inks
Cardstock: Glossy; GinaK
Other: blending tool, solution, felt, ribbon; button; circle punches



My next card was made with light blue, eggplant, gray, and silver alcohol inks, to make a dark and 'stormy' background.  I wanted to make this one a sympathy/thinking of you card, so I tried to make it look like we feel when we are going through difficult times...  


You can see from the close up view the threads of silver ink through the background.  My first card didn't use any metallic inks - you will want to try it both ways!   It's so fun to experiment and play with this technique - it's really hard (if not impossible) to make a mistake with these alcohol inks.  They do all the work for you!


Card Details
Stamps: Botanicals
Inks: Black Stazon; Ranger Alcohol inks
Cardstock: GinaK; glossy
Other: Blending tool, solution, felt; Punch Bunch fern punches


 My last card is a collage type/vintage feel one.  I took a couple of pieces of glossy cardstock and used different inks on each one, being sure to use a brown ink (espresso, I believe) on each panel to help tie them together.  They each also have the Copper Alcohol ink on each as well - it's pretty subtle though, so I'm not sure you'll be able to see it in the photos.


After letting the inks dry, I stamped in Black stazon the images from the stamp set and then tore the edges.  Then, I used Ranger's Walnut Stain distress ink to shade the torn edges as well as the entire panel to continue with the 'vintage' theme.


Card Details
Stamps: Botanicals
Inks: Black Stazon; Ranger alcohol inks, Distress Walnut stain
Cardstock: GinaK; Glossy
Other: Blending tool, solution, felts; SU punches; Copper cording; dauber



 Please visit these designer's blogs for their project using a variety of techniques all made with the Botanicals stamp set:
Then, for even more samples with the Botanicals stamp set, visit the StampTV gallery here: botanicals.  To view more information about the free card kit that is included with the purchase of the Botanicals stamp set, click here.

Enjoy the hop - I know I can't wait to see what everyone has been working on for us!
Jessica

23 comments:

Giovana said...

Beautiful cards Jess! I haven't tried this technique yet, your cards are really pretty.

joy said...

Beautiful! I love the 2nd card. You made the stamped image look like they were blowing in the wind. You have created a great emotion evoking card!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Jess- excellent color choice on the first card and in the kit! Bright and beautiful~~

Lori said...

Beautiful cards, Jessica! This is a technique that I haven't tried yet. I especially love your first card.

Love and hugs ~
Lori

Brenda said...

Wow Jessica these are all so beautiful! I need to give this a try again.

Cheryl O said...

Great ideas, Jessica, I'm glad I bought this set!!! Thanks for all the new projects now.....

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh the polished stone looks awesome with this set!! I love your varied color combinations....I've got to use that technique much more often!!

Helen said...

Great cards - I've only ever tried the technique with darker inks but the lighter coloured ones look really good.

Helen x

Playing with Paper said...

I just love that technique!!! It has been a while since I have done it but you have sparked my inspiration to do it again. Beautiful card!!

NinaB said...

These are so pretty, Jessica. I love the unique backgrounds.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Gorgeous cards, Jess!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Your cards are stunning, Jessica! I love the colors and layouts with the Polished Stone!

Payne Holler Cards said...

these are three beauties! I've never tried this tech before....hmmmm I think I feel a "blast from the past" challenge comin on LOL
gorgeous cards Jessica!

Gloria said...

Your cards are just stunning! Wow...what a great technique to use with these images.

Robyn said...

thanks for sharing

Lorraine said...

Beautiful cards! I need to look at Gina's tutorial to see how you created the beautiful backgrounds.

Alita said...

I love your creativity!
Love all of the cards you made.
Job well done!

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful cards! I have to try out these techniques. I will be back to refer to your cards. thank you for sharing.
syeda
syeda_lubabah@hotmail.com

Crafty Math Chick said...

WOW! These are GORGEOUS Jessica! You certainly showcased this set's versatility! Will have to go and check out Gina's tutorial on the polished stone technique...

Celeste said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I really like the horizon card, would have never thought to do that. This is one of my favorite techniques.

Bev Gerard said...

Yikes!! Your polished stone is fabulous! I love the tri-color presentation ... totally cool, Jessica! (Now guess what you've inspired me to put on my 'must do' list!!)

~Bev

Betty Neville said...

Really gorgeous cards Jess! Great idea with the three colors! Perfect stormy background on the second card and love the collage look of the third card. I have to practice more with this technique!

Donna said...

just breathtaking!!

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