I knew when I first laid eyes on these images that they had the potential for more than just plain stamping with ink. As the images have very crisp, clear lines with good spacing, they were just crying out to be embellished with beads.
Step 1. I stamped the image of the Begonia SKU CM-F2 on a fine weave, cotton fabric with Rangers Jet Black Archival ink. Heat set with my heat gun before spritzing the whole thing with water from a Mini Mister. I watered down some Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish paint and allowed it to run off my paint brush in the centre of the flower. Don't forget, I'm making three flowers here so I did everything x3!!!
I took a photo of the stamp and the finished flower so that you can see just how deeply etched the stamps are, this makes it so much easier for printing perfect images each and every time, especially when working on surfaces other than card or paper. The other bonus with these stamps is that thney come mounted on EZ Mount and trimmed closely so that they are ready to use.
Step 8. I used Ryn's Leafy Branch SKU CM-F15 to stamp my background on some more cotton fabric, just as I did for the flowers, although this time I didn't spritz with water as I wanted to paint the leaves green without the paint bleeding so I simply used Hey Pesto and a little bit of Pumpkin Soup to give the leaves a variegated look. You can see from the photograph that the images of the Leafy Branch do actually overlap and look a little unsightly in the centre but that really isn't a problem as the finished flowers will hide this.
Step 9. Here's a close up shot so that you can see that I added a little bit of stencilling around the edges of the fabric to make it a little more interesting. Once this was done, a few rows of untidy stitching on the sewing machine completed the look.
Ryn's website to take a look at all the wonderful designs she has. You can also read all about Ryn's background here which I found fascinating.
I still have the metal idea whizzing around my little brain and I hope to put that idea into practice some time next week so stop by again if you are in need of a little inspiration.