A few weeks back I talked about the handmade flower trend. I saw a fun take on flowers on the Ellen Hutson blog today, courtesy of Patter Cross. It involved stamping flowers on patterned paper, cutting them out, distressing them, and layering them up. It was such a fun idea I had to try it on my layout:
I played around with the technique a little bit. I chose a really lightly patterned paper (you can barely see the polka dots) and stamped three versions of the same flower (from Hero Arts). I skipped the distressing and used pop dots between the layers to give it additional dimension. Then I stamped a few leaves in Versamark ( a clear “watermark” inkpad), embossed them with clear embossing powder, and cut them out.
Here’s the complete layout:
At first, I was as little worried that the flower was too girly for this page about my daughter’s soccer season. But then I thought of the title, “Kick like a girl,” and I thought it would be fun to contrast the girliness of the flower with the toughness she exhibits on the field (she is FEARLESS. She plays goalie half the time, and she will dive right on the ball in front of a horde of oncoming girls. She does NOT get this tendency from me. I’d be the one running in the opposite direction saying, “Oh, did you want the ball? Please, be my guest.”).
I added a little bit of bling to the title to play up the girl factor even more. And I really like that I got three photos on the page.
Here’s another shot of the flower, so you can see more of the dimension:
I will definitely be making more of these!