Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Paisleys and Posies

Paisley… Love it or hate it? I think there are only two camps. Personally, I’m a lover. Swirly, florally, lacy kinda teardrop-shaped goodness… what’s not to love? Oh wait, are you having a 70’s flashback? Did your imagination just take you to a place of brown, olive, brown, mustard, brown, orange and brown? If that’s you, no wonder you’re a hater… but give me a few paragraphs and pictures to change your mind!

For this Artisan Design Team blog hop we were given a few product options to choose from and I grabbed the Paisleys and Posies set with both hands. I just love the designs as well as the intricate shapes of the coordinating Paisley Framelits set. And I had an idea… inspired by those many adult colouring books around these days.

To start my project, I took a sheet of Whisper White cardstock and trimmed it down to a square. Next I ruled 4 faint lines (to erase later) and found the centre as pictured below.

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I chose one of the circular stamps and stamped as close to the centre as possible, using my lines as guides. Next I chose the small fan shaped stamp and stamped around the circle on each of the eight lines. Next I added the flower shaped stamp (without the stem) and again stamped around the circle inbetween my fan shapes. Lastly I added a small circle inbetween each of the flowers. I could have kept going but I decided my circular design was big enough for this project. Have you guessed the project? Yes, a mandala.

To finish this project, I added watercolour and mounted it on a Rich Razzleberry card base with the super gorgeous, copper foil printed Petals and Paisleys Specialty DSP and some accessories.

Watercoloured mandala created from Paisleys and Posies stamp set by Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams

Watercoloured mandala created from Paisleys and Posies stamp set by Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams

Next I decided that the stamps couldn’t have all the fun so I decided to try my hand at making a mandala with the framelits and the to-die-for Copper Foil Sheets.

This time I divided a 12″x 12″ Whisper White cardstock sheet into six (you might need a protractor – never fear, you can actually find them online and just print ’em on out) using faint lines as before. I added some colour with a quick splash of watered down ink. This is a little tricky because Whisper White doesn’t like water, but be quick, don’t expect too much blending and you’ll be fine. You can always iron your page on a hot, dry setting under a cloth if it warps too much.

Next I chose some of my favourite framelit shapes and cut out six of each (except the centre – just cut one) and arranged them until I was happy. Then I just stuck them down in place.

Copper foil mandala created by Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams using Paisley Framelit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Copper foil mandala created by Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams using Paisley Framelit Dies from Stampin' Up!

You can frame your 12″x 12″ sheet and create a home decor piece. Why not use watercolour or cardstock in harvest or your Christmas theme colours and display it this holiday season?

Watercoloured mandala created from Paisleys and Posies stamp set by Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams

So paisley haters… have I changed your minds just a little? If so, my work here is done. If not, I guess I’ll have to try to create some more projects to persuade you!

Perhaps the wonderfully talented Jessica Winter has used this set as well. Click on to find out and see her Artisan projects this week.

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17 thoughts on “Artisan Design Team Blog Hop – Paisleys and Posies

  1. WOW, is right! I’m a lover of paisleys, have been since the ’60’s. Love both projects. You’re DIY Mandala is gorgeous. It took me a little while to figure out how you stamped the center portion (the water-colored space between the small flowers threw me off), but I did get it and I can hardly wait to CASE both projects. Thanks so much for sharing the how-to’s.

    1. Thank you so much Michelle. The extra detail that comes with the placement of the stamps is amazing. I truly had such fun making these so I hope you get the chance to have a play as well. Be sure to tag me @thepapercaper when you do as I’d love to see!

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