Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Revisited: Fancy Folk Art...

Each month on the 1st, the Papertrey Ink team revisits an older stamp set to give you fresh ideas of what you can do with it! Today we are using the Fancy Folk Art stamps and dies. I have one card three ways for you today:

1. a one-layer card (simple),
2. a card using the dies and an extra technique for the sentiment (intermediate),
3. and one with extra dimension, ink blending in the background, and splitting the sentiment (advanced). 

You can use these same tips with any stamp and die set, however, to step up your cards!

1. First is the one-layer stamped card or "simple" version! 
Everything is stamped directly onto the card base with Fancy Folk Art.

The leaves are stamped in Stormy Seas ink and the flowers with Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal and Bright Buttercup inks, then the sentiment over the top.

Nothing wrong with this one, but let's see how we can "step it up"!

2. Next is the "intermediate" version! 
I added a couple more steps in my process to add extra dimension. The big floral piece is die cut and stamped first, so I could raise it up off the card with pop dots. Then I placed the die cut directly onto the card and actually stamped the sentiment right over the top (before raising it up!). It did stamp through the holes of the die cut onto the card base. The die cut was then adhered with pop dots to help it stand off the card, and I also stamped and cut out another banner to place over the top.

Can you see the dimension of the die cut that is standing up off the "intermediate" card? I love dimension!

Now should we "step it up" a bit more? :)

3. Last is the "advanced" version: 
I will call the last version of this card "advanced", just because it has a few more steps to creating it, but I really think the extra steps give it a bit more "WOW" factor and detail to look at! What do you think? Which version do you prefer?

The floral is die cut and stamped, but before adding it to the card with pop dots, I did some ink blending in the background with a sponge and Aqua Mist ink. I really love how the soft aqua brings out the teal and red! It also brings out the white banner and white edges around the die cut, which really makes it pop. When placing the die cut on the card, I adhered it on an angle. This way I didn't cover up the two tulip shapes. The slight tilt of the floral piece makes a huge difference!

The sentiment stamp was cut apart! (YES, I cut the stamp!) I wanted to stamp only the "many thanks" separately in Aqua Mist under the die cut. You could also mask off the banner if you'd like. I don't mind cutting my stamps apart, because they can be put back together very nicely on the acrylic block. I stamped the banner in black and cut it out and added it over the top of the floral piece. I've also added the clear sequins as another detail that adds sparkle and catches the eye, without taking the attention away from the pretty floral.

I hope you enjoyed these tips for adding more detail and color and "stepping up" your card designs!

Visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, and Melissa for more Fancy Folk Art ideas!


Deb Walker Deb Stamps Life, LLC said...

I enjoyed all the iterations of your design Danielle. Always great to see how people put their own stamp on things--even on their own creations. Well done with these terrific ideas!

Holly Saveur said...

Number three is the one I would pick..

Diana K said...

Thanks for showing us how you do it, Danielle. All three are lovely, but that stepped up last one is the star!

Jill Norwood said...

Love all 3! So fun to be able to do a simple and beautiful card or step it up with more layers of eye candy! Love them all!!

Denise p. said...

A great post to remind us of your process and the possibilities. Of course, #3 is my fav!

Susan G. said...

Thanks for this. I hope you will consider making other cards this way. It is a wonderful learning tool.

Kathy McDonald said...

Great post, Danielle! I know I'm the only one (so far), but I love the simplicity of the first card. You have included such a beautiful color palette, and the way the stamping fills out the card front so perfectly really speaks to me. Now, mind you, I would be THRILLED to have any one of them show up in my mailbox, but for me, #1 is my favorite.

Dee said...

I would vote for the third one. I like the sponging that ties the flowers and sentiment together. Lovely!

Kathy Mc said...

Before dies, we were satisfied with one-layer stamping. Now we tend to favor the dimension die-cuts provide, and the latest trends of ink blending, smooshing or watercoloring really add more class and color emphasis. All three cards are beautiful, but the last one is truly a work of art!

June K said...

I love them all.

bbunch said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

salem said...

no 3 is my fave.