Sunday, 14 July 2013

Crafty Friday projects with Flower Shop bundle (mini colouring tutorial)

The first Crafty Friday was a success, I think. We made two projects using the fab new Flower Shop bundle. This consists of the Flower Shop stamp set and the new Pansy punch. Most exciting of all, shortly after finishing, one of the ladies, Jenny H, became a grandma for the first time – congratulations, Jenny!

The Pansy punch fits all six flowers in the Flower Shop stamp set perfectly… but only if you have it the right way round, so I strongly advise you to follow the instructions in this video by Kay Kalthoff, as it will make your life a lot easier! Kay doesn’t use the optional image labels on her stamp set, but the technique still works with the labels as it shows through.

For this first class, I wanted to go back to basics, so we made this very simple card and a co-ordinating box. It was very relaxing – for me, too, as I simply cut and prepped the cardstock as we went along.

I showed the ladies three different ways of colouring the image. We were using blender pen and Raspberry Ripple ink pad.  You can just colour it, of course, but if you want to add some shading, there are several ways of doing it.

The first is the easiest – and that involves simply following the shading on the stamped image. So I coloured the shaded areas with a darker shade of ink and left the unshaded areas lighter:

Not all stamp images have these markings, though, so I showed them another way, which is pretty simple, too. For this one, you colour around the inside edges of the image first, then get paler as you move towards the centre:

The third, and arguably most complex, colouring method was told to me by my daughter as I was preparing the samples for Friday’s class. She says this will give you the most realistic image. First decide where the light is coming from and draw an arrow on your paper. This will show you which parts of your image will be ligher (receiving the light) or darker (in the shade):

We curled the edges of the flower using a bone folder and I showed the ladies how to make a simple flag (bang on trend, you know!) by cutting down the centre of a strip of cardstock and then from the corner to the end of the cut.

Next we tackled a box – and this is a very simple box made from a full sheet of A4 cardstock. We started by stamping the image all over at random. It’s best to do this before scoring, so that your images aren’t interrupted by the scorelines.
To make this box, all you need to know is your seven times table. Score along the length at 7cm from the edge. Turn your cardstock 90ยบ and then score again at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm. Assemble as normal. It’s a larger version of the 5-10-15-20 box – there’s a pattern and tutorial here

To tie the top, we pushed in the sides and pinched the top, then held it together with a mini bulldog clip. This made it possible to tie the ribbon around and knot it tightly before removing the clip.

So that was Crafty Friday – looking forward to the next one!

Stamps: Flower Shop, Sweet Essentials, Remembering Your Birthday
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Accessories: Stitched Grosgrain – Whisper White, Blender Pen


  1. Your card and treat box are so pretty! Thanks so much for the tips on shading too!

  2. They may be simple and easy designs that you can't go wrong with but sometimes we forget that paper crafting doesn't need to be complicated to be enjoyed and appreciated. They're just lovely ;)


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