Friday, 17 April 2015

Faux Pressed Flower Look


I love pressed flowers, don't you? :)
However, as much as I love them, and try to make them at home, all my pressed flowers end up turning dark brittle brown.

This time, I was determined... to make pressed flowers that well, stay.

I experimented and came up with this technique of making a stamped image look like a faux pressed flower. Pretty neat huh?

This is also my first, vintage / victorian inspired project, so I hope that I have done justice to the themes.

I was experimenting, and working within a set timeline so unfortunately I did not have enough time to click photos, but here is what I did...

1. Took a rubber cling stamp and put colors using gelato sticks... two colors for flower and one color for stem.
2. Dampened the stamp a bit using my mini mister and pressed the image firmly onto paper.
3. After it dried, I picked up the same gelatos with my brush and applied color wherever required.
4. After the image dried a second time, I put a coat of glossy accents over it.

The key is to getting the colors of the flowers right. To get that pressed flower look, I did go through a lot of images.
This was my first try, and I do hope to get better...  (will experiment with each large flower stamp that I have!) ;)

Hope this was able to convey how I created the look.

Background was with stencils from The Crafter's Workshop and Tim Holtz using distress inks. I have used black soot on the edges of the hand-torn paper too.

The tiny butterflies are from Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch.

The stamped sentiment is from a set by 'Inspired by Stamping.'

Brads are from HOTP Pastel brad pack, and rhinestones are from my stash!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking this to :
Lulupu Challenge :  Watercolors #48 

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  1. The flowers have come out really nice Halak !!

  2. Just loved the technique n the effect of pressed flowers have come out very beautifully...thanks for sharing the steps Halak !!

  3. The flowers looks soo pretty, totally like those kept inside the books when we were small!

    Thanks for joining us in the Lulupu Challenge #48. Good Luck!

    1. Yes Manu! :) My pressed flower experiments always failed so I thought, why not try and make some using stamps! Thanks so much for the kind words!

  4. Thats a cute card! Thanks for joining us in the Lulupu Challenge #48. !
    Dolly - Lulupu DT

  5. Halak this is a brilliant faux pressed effect! Thanks for joining us at Lulupu Challenge #48. Good Luck!