Hi everyone, this evening’s ramblings from me are all about the lovely Botanicals range from docrafts that came out last month. I’ve been using this range quite a lot in my recent makes as it’s so versatile. The decoupage is probably my favourite as you can build up the layers of each delicate flower so that they really stand out from the card. This evening I’ve just finished one of my Botanicals cards with the rose as the centrepiece.
I used the trim border dies from the sew lovely range to die cut the frame and the flowers down the side. And I don’t like to waste the apertures the die cuts leave behind so I incorporated it into the card to let the botanicals background paper show through. I like this one – it reminds me of Beauty and the Beast where Belle finds the rose in the glass dome!
As well as cards I’ve also been doing a bit of upcycling, and I’ve revamped an old notebook into a lovely extravagant one with lace and ribbons and flowers and gems!
Every crafty gal needs a notebook to jot down ideas in. You can see on the front here I used the yellow flower decoupage in a different way, by spreading each of the layers out round the centre section instead of building it up into one image. It’s lots of fun because you have all these little leafy bits left that you can tuck into spaces behind flowers and under borders. The cute yellow resin flower is from the sew lovely range.
I also liked mixing botanicals with the capsule collection wild rose papers.
The colours mix really well, and you can see I’ve also managed to include a whole piece of my favourite product – lace paper. Normally I stretch it further by using little bits here and there or using half on one card and half on another, but this 8×8 card is big enough to have a whole piece of decadent lace paper to itself. And in pride of place is my favourite image from the botanicals decoupage – the delicate bird on a branch. So pretty!
You can also split your decoupage layers over more than one card.
In the first one I’ve just used the top few layers of decoupage so that the roses complement the delicate background paper. In the second one I’ve used the base layer of the decoupage as a simple topper – double the usage from one piece!
And finally a couple of simpler ones, again with botanicals decoupage flowers as the focus.
The last pic was taken in the conservatory when we still had some sunny evenings. So far August has not been good at all but never mind! I enjoyed the lovely sun we did have, and now at least I can carry on with my Christmas crafting in a jumper instead of a bikini (yes I did make Christmas cards in a bikini – just like last year).
In other exciting news the new docrafts website has launched! It’s all fresh and modern looking with a Pinterest style inspirations gallery. Check it out: www.docrafts.com
Or you can jump straight to my gallery to see what else I’ve been up to here: StickerKitten’s Gallery.
Happy crafting! ^_^