Hey everyone, Bev here! Did you know that cosmos flowers naturally come in nearly every color? That's one of the things that makes the new Kind Cosmo stamp set so much fun. In this blog post, you will see 7 projects featuring these stamps and the matching dies. You'll also learn techniques for coloring these flowers to create many different looks on your own projects! (If you would prefer to watch a video showcasing these projects, hop on over to our website!)
Stamp the flowers using multiple ink colors: To make a project like this one, start by stamping a sentiment on your card front. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments Stamp Set.)
Then get out 2 or 3 colors of ink. Apply the lightest color, next lightest color, and then the darkest ink color to your cosmo stamp. By inking up from lightest to darkest, you can avoid getting dark-colored ink on your lighter ink pads.
Then stamp the multi-colored cosmo image off the edges of your card front. Ink up the flower stamp again using multiple ink colors to make more flowers on your project.
Add yellow and green details: Did you know the centers of a cosmo flower are always yellow? That means you can make the petals on your flower images be whatever color you want. Then add a yellow center and your gardener friends will know it is a cosmo. To add an extra pop of color, apply green along the stems of your stamped flower image.
To color the cosmo flowers on this gift tag, I used watercolors. Next I used the largest label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels Dies to cut out the tag. To finish the project, I used one of the smaller dies from that set to make the slot for the ribbon.
Color-match your sentiment: To make a project like this one, stamp, color, and then die cut out your cosmos. (I used 3 colors of distress ink on each petal.) To make a matching sentiment label, start with white paper. Use the same ink colors and blend them together. Then stamp a sentiment over the blended ink. To cut out my sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.
Create striped flowers: Another fun thing to do is make striped cosmos. Heather used copic markers to make the bright pink areas emanating out from the centers for each flower. Then she added yellow centers and green stems before die cutting out her cosmos. Heather blended some yellow ink onto the largest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies and placed it behind her flowers. (You'll find more details about this card on Heather's blog!)
Make a monochromatic garden: Many of my favorite projects feature a monochromatic color scheme, like this card by Emily Leiphart. She stamped the cosmos three times, colored them using distress inks, and die cut them out. Then she blended the same distress ink colors along the bottom of her card. Emily adhered the die-cut cosmos along the bottom edge of the card front but she varied how far they went up onto the card. To finish, she cut off the parts of the flower die cuts that were off the edge of the card. (Want more info? See Emily's blog post.)
Use dark cardstock and pencils: Want to create a totally different look? Start with black or dark cardstock. Stamp several of the cosmos images and heat emboss them. (I used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.) Then use pencils to add color to each petal plus highlights and shadows. (I used Prismacolor pencils.)
Want to learn more about how to use pencils with dark cardstock? Watch our video tutorial!
Cut apart your die-cut flowers: Since cosmos come in so many colors, why not add a whole bunch of flowers to your next project? Start by stamping, coloring, and die-cutting out a bunch of flowers. (I used watercolors for this project.) Then snip the die-cut flowers off their stems. Arrange the cosmos on your card and add a sentiment. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments stamp set. I used the smallest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut out the sentiment.)
I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I hope that they inspire you make some projects of your own. The Technique Tuesday Design Team members made so many projects with these stamps and dies that we couldn’t include them all here. Hop on over to our website to see more projects featuring the Kind Cosmo stamps and dies!