Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Floral Whimsy Sneak Preview and Chance to Win!

Here is a sneak preview of one of the four sets Verve Visual is releasing on Friday, May 16th. It's called Floral Whimsy and is a set of 29!!!!! Be sure and check back tomorrow for a preview of another one of the sets!

From Amy Westerman

Verve Visual’s newest set called Floral Whimsy just screamed “paper piecing” to me! And of course, when I work with flowers on a card I usually choose to go bright. So, that’s the direction I took when I started creating my card for today’s sneak peek.

You can’t get much brighter than yellow, pink, and teal, can you? The best thing you can do when you make a card using bright colors is to add black to the mix. It is the perfect color to make all the rest of your bright colors pop off the card. Actually, black is the total absence of color, so it doesn’t compete with the other colors you’ve chosen, it only enhances them. You don’t need a lot of it, just a little bit goes a long way.

I chose a card base of Summer Sun cardstock and then laid a piece of black and white designer paper matted with Rose Red cardstock on top of the Summer Sun base. On top of the black I chose to use a bright colored designer paper (K & Co./Berry Collection) matted with Summer Sun cardstock. For the main image, I stamped one of the vases from the Floral Whimsy collection directly onto a piece of coordinating designer paper and cut it out. Then I stamped one of the four different floral stem images included in the set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Before I placed my cut vase onto the Whisper White cardstock, I stamped a shadow first to “ground” it (it was stamped with So Saffron). Then I adhered the vase to the cardstock using dimensional tape.

The great thing about this new set is that you can color your flowers with markers or, if you wanted to, you can even paper piece them. You can see that I paper-pieced the largest flower in the bunch with the same paper that I used for the vase. For the other flowers in the image, I colored them with my Copics. The options are limitless with Floral Whimsy! I think I’ve only just touched the surface of everything I can do with it. The set has a total of 29 pieces (!!!!!), which includes three different sentiments, four floral groupings, and countless individual flowers for you to do with whatever you choose! It’s a set that doesn’t limit your options! You are definitely going to want to add this new set to your collection!

From Laura Fredrickson:
You know I just love flowers! I love them in the garden, in a vase or in a stamp set, so Floral Whimsy was in my heart the moment I saw it! Although fun and whimsical as it's name suggest, it has a sensitive and beautiful side too.

The vase was inked in More Mustard then rocked and rolled in Ruby Red and stamped on vanilla card stock. The rock and roll technique produced a very unique effect with the acrylic stamps. I used markers to ink up the stems and flowers direct to stamp, and added some more colour to the blooms using the aqua painter, as well as some shading in a light grey to give the image some depth. Copper stickles were added to the flower centers for little added sparkle, and the edges of the panel were sponged to add focus and colour before mounting it on More Mustard, Ruby Red then Chocolate Chip card stocks.

The base of the card is More Mustard, and the designer papers are from Basic Grey "Sublime" and SU "Ginger Blossom". Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon is tied around the width of the card, and three copper brads positioned below the knot. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black on a light yellow vellum then cut into a circle and placed at the upper right intersection to finish the card. Although spring has just arrived, it's nice to know this set will take you through the year with just a subtle change in colours!

From Shannan Teubner:
I made this card the day this set arrived at my doorstep...my fingers were just itching to ink it up! My favorite part has to be the quote - it still gives me chills when I see it! This card just kind of came together on its own. Don't you love it when that happens?

From Charmaine Ikach:

I think the recent warm, sunny days have inspired me to create cards that are clean and simple. I've been using more "white space" lately and Floral Whimsy fit perfectly into this phase I'm going through. I simply stamped the stems and flowers in Wild Wasabi, Ruby Red and Summer Sun and colored in the flowers with Copic markers. Then I added some Stickles to the centers of the flowers for some sparkle. The butterfly was stamped in Summer Sun on vellum and cut out and mounted to the card. I thought the gingham ribbon would compliment the sentiment stamped in black. All in all, a quick and simple card.

Want to be the proud owner of this new set? All you need to do is leave a comment on this post with the answer to the following question by 10PM MT (midnight ET) on May 15. Then be sure to check back on May 16, when we’ll announce the lucky winner and reveal the new Verve sets!

Your question: Which is your FAVORITE Verve Visual set so far?