Start by die cutting the pieces of a block using the 3-D Blocks/Cubes die. Die cut the largest of the three blocks on the die. It is an XL die, so you need the Extended Cutting Pads together with your Big Shot or Vagabond. You can also use one of the other block dies, such as the 3-D Block/Cube/Bank die, which is just slightly larger than the block here. I used white mat board as my base since it takes ink and paint beautifully. If you use chipboard, you might want to cover it with paper first, to give you a white surface to work on.
Stamp flower images from Frantage Flowers and Queen Bee with Jet Black ink. The ink needs to be waterproof.
Stamp sentiments with the same ink. Colour the flowers with Inktense pencils, leaving some areas white for highlights.
Use water and a paintbrush to turn the pencils into watercolours. When dry, the paint is permanent, which is a great characteristic of Intense pencils.
Smear Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on your craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Paint around the flowers, starting with Antique Linen and dropping in the darker Frayed Burlap.
Apply a strong adhesive along the edges. I used Ranger's Wonder Tape.
Don't assemble the block yet (like I did), instead stamp swirl stamps from Frantage Flowers here and there with Frayed Burlap, using both first and second generation stamping. It is easier to stamp before you assemble the block. Dry with a heat tool.
Smear Ranger's Emboss It dabber around the edges of the block, one side at a time. Sprinkle with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel and melt with a heat gun. Be careful so you don't burn yourself. I love the vintage look of this embossing powder.
This block comes together real fast and the recipient will be happy for a different type of thank you gift.
The sentiments work so well together, and would be great for cardmaking too.
The neutral background lets the bright flowers stand out nicely.
I love these honey bee stamps and the way in which the embossing powder frames the panels.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!
Stampendous: Frantage Flowers, Say It Today