Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Botanical Resist for Beverly

A dear stamping buddy recently lost her beloved husband. Our stamping group is getting together this Saturday to play with this technique, so I made this "thinking of you" card for Beverly. Hmmm. I wonder if she is a blog subscriber? I guess maybe now I'll find out! ;-)


Patie, the organizer of our band of stampers, saw this technique on a video by Jennifer McGuire. Jennifer is an amazing teacher and you can see a list of all her video blog posts here.  You need a negative image stamp - one where the background is stamped, leaving the focal point image unstamped, like a silhouette stamp in reverse.  I was really anxious to try out the technique and found I had only one stamp set that would work!

I began by stamping the text background, then sponged randomly with a lighter color to add some texture. I stamped the two negative floral images with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in clear.  I used a Q-tip to apply ink to the open areas of the flowers. Then I sponged more inks on the background to make the flower images pop! It still needed a little something, so I used the colors on the Q-tip to go around the edges of the images, adding a little color.


I sponged around the edges of the cream card base to match the panel. I die-cut a ribbon slide tag from kraft cardstock and layered the "for you" on top with a dimensional. I ran old gold organza ribbon and twine through the slider and wrapped it around the panel. The "Life is a matter of moments" was stamped on kraft, punched and sponged. The hummingbird added the final touch to the pretty flowers!

Can't forget the inside!


I have submitted this card to the "How do you distress" contest on the Tim Holtz blog, as sponging with Distress inks is my favorite distressing technique!

Amazingly, this card is all Stampin' Up! except for the ribbon slide die-cut, ribbon, and twine! The background stamp is perfect, as it is definitions of love and friendship. I hope this card will be a reminder for Beverly of a fun day playing with this same technique, and of how much she is loved by her friends! Life really is a matter of moments and I know she treasures every memory of moments shared with her beloved Bill.  Love you Bev!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Botanical Garden, Elements of Style, By Definition
Paper: Cream cardstock; Papertrey Ink - kraft cardstock; ValuePack 5 x 6½ inch cream card and envelope
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Old Paper, Walnut Stain; Marvy Matchables - English Red, Yellow, Violet, Lilac, Green, Pine Green, Prussian Blue; Memento - Rich Cocoa
Miscellaneous: Ranger - Clear Detail Embossing Powder; Organza Ribbon; Hemp Twine
Tools: Cuttlebug - Ribbon slider tag die; Stampin' Up! - Modern Label Punch


  1. This is just a beautiful card!! One that I definitely would like to "Case". I'm anxious to see Jennifer McGuires tutorial on the technique. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I know it will bring alot of love, thoughtfulness, and comfort to your friend who lost her husband. Once again, great card - nice job!! Marita

  2. Gorgeous card, Lynne! Good luck with your entry.
    Hugs and smiles

  3. Beautiful card, Lynne. It's even more beautiful in person. I enjoyed stamping with you today.
    Pam Ivey

  4. Hi Lynn...I certainly do subscribe and I simply love the card. The card is much more vibrant than what the photo shows. Thank you so very much...for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. I hope to see you soon.


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