Introducing Year of Flowers: Violets

By February 13, 2010General

The second set I am introducing to you today is the first of a new monthly series that I have designed and I am VERY excited about!  Year of Flowers will include a $15 floral stamp set introduction each month, so it will be affordable for everyone to collect the whole series.  These beautiful floral sets will represent each birth month and it's meaning.  

The large scaled flowers that make up each set will be detailed line drawings, perfect for coloring, paper piecing and background building.  The coinciding sentiments will nod to the meaning of the flower and provide lovely expressions that can be meaningful in so many situations.  Each of the sets in this series also include a stamp with the month's name on it, this one being "February".  If you collect all twelve, you will have the capabilities of making a stunning calendar at year's end!!!

The details.

  • Year of Flowers: Violets will be available for sale on February 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Year of Flowers: Violets contains a total of 8 stamps (4 images and 4 sentiments.)
  • The largest violet bloom measures 3" in diameter.

There is SO much to show you with this set, so lets get started!

Violet thanks card
My first card is just one layer of kraft cardstock on a white card base, but the coloring is what makes this card stand out!

Violet in white ink
The largest violet, measuring a little over 3" in diameter, was stamped with Fresh Snow ink onto the kraft cardstock.

Coloring violet
I colored the violet in with Copic Markers.  I love how the center swatch is divided by the fine, dotted white line of the  stamp image.  Little details like that add such a nice touch.

Coloring leaves
The leaves were colored next with Copics as well.  I then outlined everything with my T1 marker to help set it off.

Violet closeup
To finish, I sponged the edges of the kraft cardstock with chai ink.  I then drew my "boundaries" with a white gel pen.  The sentim

Thanks for everything
The sentiment is from Year of Flowers: Violets as well.  I am totally head over heels for this font pairing.  They balance each other perfectly.

Aqua thank you card
Next, I wanted to show you that even if Copic coloring is not your cup of tea, there are still dozens of things you can do with this set.

Embossed flowers
Here I've stamped the small and large violets on Aqua Mist cardstock using Versamark ink and White Filagree Embossing Powder.

Cut out aqua flowers
I cut out the flowers using a sharp pair of snips. I designed them so they are very easy to cut out.  Also, for those of you who may be wondering, there will be a coordinating die coming soon!  It just wans't ready in time for this month!  :) 

Aqua flower closeup
Since I cut out the flowers, it allowed me to stack the small flower on top of the large Violet using a few foam dimensionals.  I just adore the way these look when using that technique.  Very modern & hip, yet classic at the same time.

Aqua thank you closeup
This larger "thanks" sentiment from the Big & Bold Wishes set is stamped with Aqua Mist ink, followed by the smaller companion sentiment in Dark Chocolate ink.  You may have also noticed that the new Dot Spot set was used int he background, stamped on the Dark Chocolate card base with Versamark ink.  Such a pretty, sophisticated project!

Lemon Faith card
I sometimes forget how much I like using yellow in my projects.  I decided to pull it our here along with my forgotten vellum cardstock for a fun little technique.

Stamping vellum
I started with a piece of vellum cardstock and stamping the two violet booms all over it using Smokey Shadow ink.  For the purpose of this tutorial, I will refer to the stamped side of the vellum as the "back".

White pen on vellum
I then used a white gel pen to color in the three dots that make up the flower centers.  

Sponging white ink
Once again, on the back, sponge just a tad of Fresh Snow ink int the center of each flower.

Finished vellum
When you flip the vellum over to the right side and adhere to a card, the full beauty of the custom paper totally shines through.

Lemon tart card down view
You'll notice here that the vellum goes all the way around to the back of the card.

Faith sentiment
This is one of the sentiments from Year of Flowers: Violets.   It's stamped with Fresh Snow ink using Kraft cardtock.  The sentiment strip is accent with two Lemon Tart buttons stacked on top of one another and tied together with twine. I love the soft serenity this card seems to bring along with it, don't you?   

So what are your thoughts about this new monthly series?  Are you as excited as I am about collecting them all?  What an awesome journey this is going to be!  I can hardly wait to see what you create! 


Since there are TWO project pots today, I have started a separate contest post below, which can also be accessed HERE!  Be sure to stop over there to see what it's all about and have a chance to win a HUGE prize package!!! 

Debbie Olson is featuring some AMAZING projects using Year of Flowers: Violets!

Lisa Silver from the CPS team made and INCREDIBLE project this week pairing this new stamp set and this week's CPS Sketch!

Carly Robertson, also from CPS, created some stunning backgrounds with Year of Flowers: Violets!


For complete supply lists & measurements for all of today's projects, please CLICK HERE.

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 41 Comments

  • 1
    Lou says:

    WOW the violets look so beautiful with the Copics….. 😀


  • 2
    Toni Storie says:

    This is a beautiful violet image! A whole year of flowers. I don’t know if I can wait until September (my birth month)to see what PTI has done with it!

  • 3
    Justine says:

    What a wonderful wonderful idea. These are beautiful and I adore what you have done with them.

  • 4
    Anne B says:

    I’m in love with the violets – have been wanting more ‘line’ stamps to use with patterned paper and background paper. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the ‘year of flowers’ will bring!

  • 5

    I just love floral stamps – all of them. I cant wait to see more.

  • 6
    Carol Ballinger says:

    This is my favorite new release. I love flowers and this violet is stunning. I can’t wait to see the rest of them.

  • 7
    Jo R. says:

    Oh, I love the idea of a year of flowers! But I have to wait a whole year to see what December (my birth month) will be…

  • 8
    Carol says:

    I love flowers and a whole year of flowers. How exciting!!

  • 9
    Pam W. says:

    Just so that you know, I got paid yesterday. I will be signing it over to you in a couple of days.

  • 10
    Kathleen says:

    This is so lovely, Nichole—the set looks great. The idea is BRILLIANT and your projects are fabulous—all that I’ve come to expect (and get) from PTI! Congrats on this Anniversary!

  • 11
    steph zerbe says:

    I love the idea of layering this flower while stamping in different colors. It will make for not only a great focal but a gorgeous bkgd too! Fabulous!
    Looking fwd to the series of flowers this year!

  • 12
    Karen Rose says:

    These are great examples Nichole! I love how you included ideas for both those who like to colouring and those who might not colour as often. I love to colour but I don’t always have the time. I also like the anticipation of what each month will be for the Year of Flowers! THANKS!

  • 13

    I think this is my favorite set… I love its only 15 dollars!

  • 14
    moster says:

    This is gorgeous! It’s hard to imagine adding another flower or butterfly set, but it looks like you all came up with 2 more must-haves! . .. and Heather’s Easter set, of course and. . . 😉

  • 15
    Mary Duffek says:

    Beautiful! Love voilets…love all the projects that were created with this awesome stamp set.

  • 16
    Debbie S says:

    Your cards are spectacular. I am so exciting about this new series of stamps, as I can not have enough floral stamps. Love this new set!!

  • 17

    What a beautiful flower. I especially like the vivid colors against the kraft background. Stunning.

  • 18
    Geri Greening says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for inspiring such wonderful ideas!

  • 19
    Carmen says:

    Another two great introductions! Can’t wait to see the whole sets!
    I don’t own any Copics, but every time I see you use them, I want them!

  • 20
    Lisa G. says:

    Beautiful! I love the yellow…and I love the way the aqua pops! Amazing stuff!

  • 21
    Alyssa S says:

    I am beyond excited about this series of floral sets! I even had to bop over to Google already to see what may be coming up for the months ahead! Can’t wait to get my inky fingers on this set!!

  • 22
    C Burke says:

    I’ll be waiting each month to see what the featured flower will be! I like the large images.

  • 23
    Sharon D says:

    The coloring on your first project is amazing! Thanks for showing project ideas for those of us who are, ahem, less accomplished colorers.

  • 24
    joanna says:

    I am so impressed with this set. I am absolutely dying to see the rest of the blooms! thank you for sharing your creativity with the rest of the world once again.


  • 25
    Sunny Penn says:

    Ooh, I love this set already, Nichole. Your cards are so gorgeous! I really can’t wait to see the rest of the set.

  • 26

    Beautiful!! You’d think that someone with close to 100 Copics would have a clue how to colour….but I don’t. I love this stamp because of how great it looks without colour. The vellum….is brilliant!

  • 27
    Laura.K says:

    This flower is so gorgeous. I must have it. You will ruin me.

  • 28
    Kathryn says:

    Oh Nicole I love love your violet flower set! It is a must have for me! You make the most beautiful cards!

  • 29
    Penny J. says:

    Nichole, what a FABULOUS job you have done with the anniversary celebration!!! All the FUN games and design challenges. Even though I have not participated in the design challenges, I have thoroughly enjoyed the celebration and hope that future celebrations are just as wonderful as the past ones. Your hard work along with Julie, Jane and the DT is so VERY much appreciated and I would hate to hear of any of you feeling otherwise.

    Your cards are AMAZING as always. I am oh so partial to the “thanks for everything”. Just puts me in my happy place! Oh, oh and I have the vellum and cannot wait to try out your design!! YOF appears to be off to a great start and I am looking forward to seeing the next debut. Great job!!

  • 30
    Nancy L says:

    OMGoodness, Nichole!!! I’m drooling on my computer!!! That flower is beautiful! Your first card is just AMAZING!! I don’t have copics but I would love to paper piece! Love the idea of it being only $15!

  • 31
    Angie Hall says:

    How clever of Dawn to design such “crafty” stamps and sentiments. They are perfect for sharing with those who as dedicated to crafts as we are. The flowers are so lovely, can’t wait to see other months. Thanks for showing ways to use the designs without Copics. The fonts of the sentiments are refreshing.

  • 32
    Pam Alexander says:

    Love the vellum card, thanks for the inspiration!

  • 33
    Michelle A. says:

    how gorgeous… this is such a beautiful set

  • 34

    Absolutely gorgeous Nichole! I love the way the vellum card turned out! Thank you for showing step by step instructions all the time! It really gets my creativity and mojo flowing! I think ‘Gee…I can do that’! So awesome!

  • 35
    Monica K says:

    This is awesome!! Love the Year of Flowers concept. I plan on buying them all. I just love In Bloom, so am super excited that there are now more flowers to look forward to. I can’t wait for August (my birth month). The Gladiolus is my favorite flower. 🙂

  • 36
    Cheri Howard says:

    Oh, how beautiful! The projects are gorgeous, and I can envision so many beautiful things with these flowers!

  • 37
    laurie hunt says:

    Beautiful. I love the vellum background idea. Violet is a gorgeous flower!

  • 38
    bluemoon says:

    Gorgeous cards! I love all your new ideas and creativity!

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