I've been busy creating workshop cards highlighting some of the stamp sets that are 20% off this month with the Two-Step Into Spring promotion. One of the four sets is Fifth Avenue Floral. I'm a big fan of this set, but I have to be honest…I don't really consider this a two-step stamp set. It comes with a stem stamp, which means technically it qualifies, but I'm still not convinced.
What Fifth Avenue Floral is, though, is a fun set with light, airy blooms that beg to be overlapped! It's so fun to play with different color combinations (I have o few more examples below). If you like easy-to-make cards, this is one that you can put together in just a few minutes, and it's easily duplicated for mass production of Thank You cards.
When creating your collage, always start by stamping your sentiment
where you want it, then building the design around it. (The "thanks" is
from the Thank You Kindly set.) I've found that I get the best results using colors that are very different for each of the flowers. Using shades that are too similar makes it difficult to distinguish each flower. Here, I used Night of Navy for the large flower, stamping it first, then filling in the spaces with the lily in Old Olive and the small flower in Rich Razzleberry. It's important to keep the colors balanced—you can see that I used either 2 or 3 of each color of flower. I would also suggest only overlapping the edges of the flowers, not the centers, so the doesn't appear too crowded.
The background has a piece of Rich Razzleberry Patterns Designer Series Paper, and the focal image is wrapped with Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. The Scallop Trim Corner Punch punches pretty accents that mimic the outlines of the flowers nicely.
Here are two other cards I've done in this style and I've discovered that blues and greens are my favorite colors to use with this set! The first card was done with Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss (retired), and Baja Breeze (coming back soon!). The second card was done with Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss and Taken With Teal (soon to retire).
Even the insides of the cards can look awesome with this stamp set! This is so pretty, it could be the outside of a card!
Have you ever spent WAY too much time on a card, only to have it be completely bland, boring, even ugly? Well, that's how I feel about this one. The color combo totally does NOT work for me, but I thought I'd show it anyway. I was trying to use more of the retiring colors: Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and Apricot Appeal. Nope. Don't like it. Not even a little. And, so it goes sometimes. Better stamping next time!