Wednesday, 9 February 2011

The new set with no name (yet) ---- Paper Garden

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped. 

(It's Thursday morning and Aly has just text me, this set is called 'Paper Garden')

Aly from Dimension Fourth was to appear on Create and Craft on the 14th of this month but it has now been moved to the 23rd.  This is the new set she is taking with her.  I have yet to find out its name so I will be changing this as and when.  The set comprises of two flower heads, one corner damask flourish, some rushes, one rose and butterfly flourish and a 'Happy Birthday' circle.  

I wanted to do something a little different with the flower head stamps, so I stamped three small and two large onto yellow card and used the damask flourish corner to stamp the pattern on the flower.  I used Big and Juicy – Foliage ink pad and only used the yellow and orange end of the pad.  I cut out and folded the flowers in between each petal and through the middle of each petal.  Then I cut one of the large and one of the small flowers in half.  Using the full flower heads I cut through the middle of one petal and glued the half flowers in the gap, overlapping the flower.  This made the flowers look fuller and have eight petals instead of six, I did one of the flowers with seven petals just to see what difference it would make but you can add as many as you like.  I stuck onto the pearlescent green some strips of dark green card that I randomly cut to make long leaves and used a black Memento pen to draw a line down the centre for the vane.  I wanted to make the flowers look as if they were in a pot so I used some brown card that I made ½cm wider than the green card to give it a bow shape and stamped the ‘Mum’ on using the ‘Plain Alphabet’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 1801012a) and the ‘Plain Lower Case Alphabet’ (Dimension Fourth Ref: 1801014a), I coloured the Mum with a ProMarker’s.  I attached the brown card then I matt and layered the pearlescent green card onto some gold holographic card then attached to a white base card.  I stuck the flowers on with silicone glue.  Onto orange card I stamped half the large flower head and brought the open ends down to a point to make a label for the pot and I also stamped the flower centres, for these I used the ‘Love Hearts’ Dimension Fourth ref: 0605030a.  Onto yellow card I stamped the happy birthday circle and cut out the upper and lower half circles before gluing to the label, to finish the label I stamped the leafy flourish to the pointed base.

I used the rose and the butterfly stamp for this card (as you can see lol) and used VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  I stamped the rose section another three times and the butterfly once more, embossing each.  I coloured them in using ProMarkers and cut out the single butterfly and used a clear glaze pen for the wings.  I wanted to decoupage the rose, so after cutting out I glazed the petals.  While the pieces were drying I used a light grey ProMarker and randomly highlighted some of the black lines on the flourish, I then matt and layered the white stamped card onto some glossy red card and then onto white base card.  I attached the butterfly and petals using silicone glue.

I used some double sided card for the box base.  I measured the chocolates and added about ½cm to round off the size, then measured the height of the chocolate taking into account the butterfly topper and again rounded off to the nearest ½cm.  For the butterflies I used Distrtess Ink – Fired Brick and randomly blended it lightly onto some white card then used VersaMark and some detail gold embossing powder to stamp the butterfly section of the stamp.  After cutting out I stuck them onto the chocolates with silicone glue.  For the flower I used the fired brick and lightly inked some white card that has a gold pearlescent shine in it.  Stamped the damask flourish corner stamp with gold VersaColor ink all over the gold/light red card and stamped three small and two large flowers, then cut them out.  I assembled the flower (to see Aly do this flower visit: )and in my stash I have some fabric leaves so I used these under the flower.  On shrink plastic I stamped the large flower and the happy birthday circle.  Using a single hole punch I made the hole for the pink ribbon at the top in between two petals, cutting round it and the flower, I also cut out the two half circle shapes in the middle of the happy birthday circle.  I coloured the petals with a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen – Rose Star before shrinking.  Assembled the lid using the white card with the gold pearlescent shine having stamped with the rose flourish stamp and embossed with detail gold embossing powder.  The shrunk tag, leaves and flower were stuck on top of the box lid with silicone glue.  

I thought this card would do for valentine's, but now Aly's been moved to the 23rd it doesn't seem appropriate now, but hey ho.  I wanted to try and use these flower stamps for other things so using Adirondack – Watermelon, the rose flourish stamp and white card I stamped randomly all over the card then using VersaFine – Onyx Black and detail clear embossing powder I stamped and cut out three large flowers.  I found some red card in my stash and stuck the three flowers onto it and cut round them giving me a red border.  What to do next ?????  I still had the ‘Love Hearts’ Dimension Fourth ref: 0605030a stamps on my desk so onto the red card I stamped eight of them using VersaMark and detail clear embossing powder.  I cut out the hearts in the centre of the stamps and I have a 1” punch and it fits perfectly round the love hearts so punched them all out.  Using white card and the ‘Krystal Tips Upper and Lowercase Alphabet’ Dimension Fourth ref: 2400012a I stamped and embossed the letters before punching them out and gluing to the back of the hearts.  I stuck the hearts onto the flowers and I used some flat jewels on the curly swirls.  What to do next?????  Still on my desk was the Martha Stewart punch (I really need to tidy my desk J) so I used the red card and punched the border, the card needed a bit more black so I matt and layered the punched border onto black then onto silver mirri.  This card was going to be square but I kept moving the flowers around the base card and I wasn’t very happy with it, so thought about a DL but that was a bit too squashed.  In the end I stuck the border on the underneath (inside) of the white base card and cut off the top bit.  I made two more thinner borders but it didn’t look right so I used a piece of white pearlescent card and covering up the edges of the borders I stuck it down the centre to join the borders together.  Using double sided tape on the top and bottom flowers to attach them, and using foam tape on the middle one.  What to do next????? Coffee J


  1. Gosh Jackie, You've been very busy. The chocolate box is stunning, anyone would be delighted to receive it. I love all the cards you've shown, but the rose and butterfly is my favourite. Will be watching when Aly demos. Jo x

  2. Great selection of samples Jackie. I am pleased show has been moved - it means I get the chance to see it!