An Open Heart
Saturday Morning I was having my coffee and reading blog post. It’s a favorite past time for a Saturday. I love seeing what everyone is creating. Understanding Blue had a great post about a Mixed Media Challenge that she was participating in over at Splitcost Stampers. Make sure you check out the blog post and fabulous card making. The challenge was to create a card or project using flowers by pressing them through the Big Shot. After doing this you should use at least one other medium to complete your project. Well, I just loved what Lydia created!!!! My next thought was I want to try this. It reminded me of pressing flowers as a child with my Mother (Yes, she is a retired Science Teacher…Biology actually….So pressing flowers was something we would do) Or when I moved into my current home. I borrowed her flower press to press all the beautiful wild flowers in our yard.
So Saturday afternoon I got out and searched for flowers. We have been so dry that most of the wildflowers in the yard were dried up. The only flowers I had blooming was a white flower and that was not going to work with white paper. The next stop was my parent yard. I did find a few flowers blooming and pressed them. I also, pressed a purple and green leaf off a plant she had in her back yard. It was perfect for this experiment in Mixed Media. The next place I headed was to Amy’s at Sugar Magnolia’s. Amy is the owner and operator of a great flower shop in Decatur (Sugar Magnolia’s) Actually, she has much more that a Flower Shop. I asked her if I could press some of her flower for a blog challenge. No I think at first she thought I was the crazy lady….. I mean come on who goes to a flower shop and ask to kill their flowers. Maybe , I should have thought this through…..Then, I pulled out my Big Shot and was ready to go to work…… But, in the end I was glad I had asked because she always had such wonderful array of plants. Amy and I had fun picking out what to try and press. She was so very helpful!!! Thanks Amy :>
When I got home from pressing my flowers I looked though what I had. I picked two of my favorite pressed images and went to work making cards. The first card is from one of the flowers pressed at Sugar Magnolia’s. I love how the purple blooms show so well! The second one just happens to be from my parents yard. Is it not lovely how that worked out. I am saving my other images to use at another time.
This card is full of soft color. I used Daffodil Delight , Pear Pizzazz, and Perfect Plum. The stamp is from Peaceful Wreath and is stamped in Perfect Plum. For my second card I wanted to challenge myself to use more stamps and another medium. So, this is what I came up with. I used the pressed flowers as my background. Then stamped the images from An Open Heart with StazOn Ink. (I used Stone Gray for a softer look, jet black would work just fine) Then I water-colored my stamped images using a aqua painter with Tip Top Taupe, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, and Seriah Sand inks. I kept the water-coloring light and airy to coordinate with the softness of the pressed flower. I’m not sure that this is tequniqually a third medium but, to me it was. The background papers are Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz
Here are the details of how to press flowers with a Big Shot:
- pick fresh flowers that are juicy and have lots of color.
- make a sandwich for your Big Shot that is layered as so multipurpose platform, cutting pad, paper of choice, flowers, paper of choice, and cutting pad.
- pull the paper apart from each other after pressing. Allow, this to dry before removing any flower parts that remain
Just a note. I used watercolor paper for this. Whisper White paper will work as well. I found that watercolor paper absorbed the “ink” of the plants that I picked much better. Dry plants such as ferns do not work as well.
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Happy Tuesday!!! See you here tomorrow for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop. It’s sure to be a great time.