Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pressed Memories

Let her rip! Tear the page out of an old book* to create a very special book background for your card. Adhering a ribbon to drape down the page completes the picture...
Today I wanted to use my new "Pressed Flowers" set to make a flower that looked like it really had been preserved between these pages long ago. To give it that really delicate, almost translucent quality that aged pressed flowers have, I stamped on tissue paper today, but you can also use vellum paper.
First I inked up just the bottom of my bold daisy to make it into a cone flower. Two shades of purple on the petals, a yellow and mustard on the center.
Then I stamped it onto white tissue paper and trimmed it out with Cutterbee scissors. Careful now, these thin pieces are as delicate and wispy as a real stem! Interestingly, the ink goes through the tissue so much that the back is just as beautiful as the front, so experiment flipping it one way or the other on your layout to see which direction looks best! :)

I applied it to the page with Mono Multi, here is the closeup, I love how the words show through! In the photo it may look as though I might as well have just stamped it onto the page, but in real life, you can tell there is another layer there and run your finger over it and feel the same texture as a papery, preserved flower, which I like. I matted onto Black Onyx and Lovely Lavender, and the greeting (which goes so perfectly with this book, ribbon marker and flower) on the fancy tag is from "Inside and Out".

Thank you for visiting me today and all the wonderful comments this past week! Take some time when you can very soon to reflect on yesterday's memories, today's joys, and create some dreams for tomorrow... :)
*In case you were wondering, this was not some wild romance novel, but took place in a convent where a sister was working on rebinding and restoring an old book by the same name. I can't remember after all these years if I liked it or not, but can't remember thinking I needed to read it again LOL! It's art now!

15 comments:

Tina Gilliland said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh so pretty!!!! Love the background!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

This is gorgeous, Melanie! What a great idea to use the book page as a background for the translucent flower!

Donna said...

Great idea! I love the book idea and the technique to only color part of the stamp. I just got my package of stamps yesterday so I'm drooling to try some of my new goodies out. Have a wonderful weekend!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

I agree - so pretty!

Kraftyaunt said...

What a clever technique. Now I can't wait for the weekend so that I can get going and try this. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Miesje said...

I love it Melanie! Question - do Copics work for coloring on the stamps or do you have to use a different kind. I tried once with the Copics but the SU markers seemed to work better.

Bluemoon said...

Oh I love this flower stamped on the book page. Great way to partially stamp an image, just beautiful.

harrahx2 said...

Smart and beautiful!

NinaB said...

Love the title of the book you used ;-). I love using text for backgrounds, too.

Sandra said...

very cool!
Sandra

Casmiles said...

What a cool idea; will definitely try this out. Thanks!!!

Lori said...

Another fantastic technique to do with this set! Beautiful card!

Nancy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You come up with the best ideas! :-)

Donna said...

what a great idea - it's beautiful!

Paula Laird said...

Gorgeous and genius! Love it!!!