I received this stamp set as one of my free sets from last year’s Sale-a-bration Demonstrator Rewards program. It’s a beautiful set . . . that until today had never seen ink! Le Jardin Botanique was one of those sets that I KNEW I had to have and that I knew once I had it, I would never get rid of it . . . not even if it retires because I love it so much. So why in the world haven’t I used it? No idea. One of those great stampin’ mysteries that may never be solved! lol!

But, today was the day. I was inspired by the color challenge this week over at Stamping 411. Basic Black, Old Olive, Rose Red and Regal Rose . . . those are some colors with promise! I knew I could make something pretty and I think I succeeded.

The main image panel is the fabulous cold press watercolor paper from Stampin’ Up. I used markers to color the stamp and then I spritzed it with a fine mist of water before stamping it onto the watercolor paper. It gives the image a softer look. All of the wonderful Rose Red smudges at the base of the flower comes from the tree that is a part of this set. The light smudges all over the background are also from the tree image, just stamped off several times before stamping it over the image panel. Then it was just a matter of layering and punching and oh, I don’t know . . . just letting the card have its way. That’s the joy of stamping – each creation takes you somewhere that you’ve never been before. I guess that is the nature of art.


Stamps: Le Jardin Botanique (113232)
Paper: Confetti Cream (102835), Basic Black (102851), Old Olive (100702), Regal Rose (105130), Rose Red (102544), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink: Rose Red (101778), Basic Black (101179), Old Olive for the tone on tone stamping on the strip of green (102277), Regal Rose (105211)
Tools: Scallop Trim Punch free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-bration (118402), Medium Jewelry Tag Punch (117190), Paper Piercer to make the holes for the brads (116631), Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the sentiment placed just right (101049)
Accessories: 1/4″ Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon (111366), Earth Elements Brads (106955), Rich Regals Brads (106953)
Adhesives: SNAIL adhesive to lay down the ribbon (104322), Mini Glue Dot to adhere the bow (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755)