Thursday, March 28, 2024

Online Exclusives Vintage Zinnia Card

Welcome to the March Creative Card-iology Team Blog Hop!  This month we’re featuring products in the Online Exclusives collection, which are products that you’ll find only on the website and not in any catalog.  Online Exclusive products are released periodically, allowing for new, fresh projects to be created without having to wait for a new catalog release.

I chose to use items from the Flowering Zinnias Suite of products for my blog project, and I decided to create a vintage look.  The Simply Zinnias Bundle (stamp set and dies) is currently available to purchase, but the Flowering Zinnias Designer Series Paper pattern I used for this card is expected to be back in stock mid-April.   Don’t let that stop you from trying this technique though, as you can create a vintage look with any paper!

My Real Red card base is a standard 5.5” x 8.5”, scored and folded to 4.25” x 5.5”, and my first layer is Early Espresso cardstock measuring 3.5” x 4.75”.   And then I used one of the brightly colored floral patterned papers from the Flowering Zinnias for my next layer, which measures 3.25” x 4.5”. 

To create my vintage look, I used a Blending Brush to brush Petal Pink ink all over the patterned paper, and then followed up by blending Crumb Cake ink starting from the outside edges and moving in to the center, but leaving the center most part with just the Petal Pink ink.  My final brush of ink around the very edge of the patterned paper was with Early Espresso ink.  I used a Paper Butterfly Accent as a stencil along with Crumb Cake ink to create some texture marks on the patterned paper. 

Then I used a Stampin’ Spritzer to spritz the paper with water and wadded up the paper while it was still damp.  I laid the paper out flat and let it dry.

My zinnia image is stamped in Real Red ink, but if I did it again I’d probably stamp in Stazon inkd probably stamp in Stazon inkd probably stamp in Stazon ink as I colored my image using a Blender Pen and Real Red and Old Olive ink.  I had to be careful when coming close to the stamped outline of the image so that my outline didn’t get smudged.  But I really like the shading I was able to get on the zinnias with the Blender Pen and ink.

My Basic White sentiment label measures 0.75” x 3.25” and is stamped in Early Espresso Ink.  I arranged some Linen Thread behind my sentiment label and adhered it with Mini Glue Dots to my cardfront.

I adhered my stamped and colored floral image with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added some extra blending to my Paper Butterfly Accent with Early Espresso, Petal Pink and Real Red inked ink and adhered it to the zinnia image with carefully cut and placed Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Mini Glue Dot.  My final touch to the card was to add some Rhinestone Basic Jewels around the Paper Butterfly Accent.

The Flowering Zinnias collection is a bright, fun suite of products, and there are so many ways to use it!  You can check out all of the Online Exlusive products here, and don’t forget to check out my teammates’ projects for more Online Exclusive inspiration!  Thanks for hopping with us this month! 

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Product List
Simply Zinnia Bundle (English)
Flowering Zinnias 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Early Espresso 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Blender Pens
Blending Brushes
Clear Block E
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
Stampin' Spritzer
Linen Thread
Paper Butterfly Accents
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Seal
Stampin' Dimensionals
Jet Black Stāzon Ink Pad
Stāzon Cleaner