Today I'm sharing this gorgeous Hero Arts ClearDesign-Delicate Blossoms stamp I used on this 6x6 stamped art piece that I colored with Copic markers. I stamped the blossom image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic's X-Press It Blending Card.
I used two of the new Copic 2011 colors: BG70 and YG61 ... I love how these new lighter colors help extend the color range of some of my favorite blending groups! The lightest part of the blossoms is the BG70 I used to base color the entire blossom, and then left that lighest color showing while adding depth to the rest of the blossoms, using the rest of the BG blending group: BG72, BG75, and BG78. Remember, laying down the lightest color in your blending group first will allow the rest of your colors to blend easier.
I used the new YG61 towards the bottom of the flower stems, where they would be lighter, with more daylight hitting them, and then used the darker colors of the blending group (YG63 & YG67) towards the tops of the stems where they would be darker and have shadows cast against them from the blossoms.
For the shadowing behind and under the flowers, I used this Copic blending group: E40, E41 and E42 since it matched the colors in the pretty Prima Reflections 6x6 paper I chose. Marianne Walker's Shadows & Shading-A Beginner's Guide to Lighting Placement is a fabulous tool that goes into great depth and detail on how to place cast shadows and shading and what color they should be:
I die cut the floral image with Tim Holtz's Sizzix On The Edge Die-Scallops simply by placing the edger die on each side of the image and running it through my die cut machine twice ... a different way to use those edger dies!
Finally, the Hero Arts Essential Messages sentiment was stamped on more of the Reflections patterned paper, hand cut into a banner shape, and the edges inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and machine stitched to the floral image.
Stamps: Hero Arts ClearDesign-Delicate Blossoms & Essential Messages,
Paper: Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Prima 6x6-Reflections,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Brushed Corduroy,
Copic Markers: BG72, BG75, BG78, YG63, YG67, E40, E41, E42; New Copic 2011 colors: BG70 and YG61; Pitch Black Atyou Spica Glitter Pen;
Tools: Sizzix Tim Holtz On The Edge Die-Scallops, Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper,
Accessories: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Dots, Glue Glider Pro-Perma Tac, Sewing machine; Marianne Walker's Shadows & Shading-A Beginner's Guide to Lighting Placement