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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Pretty Awesome Orchids! (by Asha)

Good morning, all. Hope you're having fun with the brand new stamps. These orchids are pretty awesome, wouldn't you agree?

I have 2 cards to show you today, both featuring the Awesome Orchids clear stamps and the same vintage inspired colour combos, but with different results.

On the first card, I'm using the orchids to create a background that really stands out. With the partial retiform technique in mind, I masked off segment on a piece of alcohol marker friendly paper with post-its and inked the edges of each segment separately. Then I stamped the orchids in each segment, but making sure there are no overlapping into the neighbouring segments. You will need more post-its to mask the areas. Then I coloured the images with alcohol markers. It looks like bits of patterned paper, cut into random pieces and put together - but it's all done on one piece of card stock.

The greeting is from Birthday Words and I finished the card with a couple of sequins.  

Here's a closer look at the inked segments:

For my second card, I started by dry embossing and inking the background. Then I stamped, coloured and fussy cut several of the flower heads and leaves. I wanted to fill the card base with random clusters of the orchids and that meant some snipping, pruning and training to get the orchids to grow as shown below! :)

The greeting from Loving Sentiments, heat embossed in black on vellum, is a great way to obscure the "modifications" while still allowing the artwork of the stamps to come through.

Thank you for stopping by today. As always details of supplies used for these projects are available on my blog. Happy stamping!



  1. Wow stunning cards. Love the technique you used on the first one, so unusual.

  2. Really pretty cards Asha with great techniques. Elaine x

  3. Wunderschöne Iris

    Viele Grüße

  4. Interesting to see the partial retiform technique - it's a new one for me. Your stitched border for the sentiment panel looks amazing on that card. However, it is the second which is my favourite for I love the effect of the trellis background & your snipping & training of the blooms (you do have to do that with orchids don't you?) The way the orchids extend across the perimeter of the mats & the card itself adds a lovely touch & that vellum sentiment looks terrific.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. I love both these cards Asha but the first with this partial retiform technique really appeals as it looks so arty and clever and just that bit different. Your colouring is beautiful on both using this very pretty Orchid stamp and I love that pretty embossed and ink background on the second one too. x

  6. They're both gorgeous, thank you.


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