Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back! I’ve found a new challenge blog to participate in- the Crafty Friends card challenge blog! I’m starting to try more card challenges if you know of any I should try please leave it down below! This fortnight (it’s a fortnight-long challenge) challenge is flowers. I love making cards with flowers so this was right up my alley! I chose a stamp set from one of the Simon Says Stamp card kits and went to town with it.
First thing I did was take the largest flower and leaf image from the Simon Says Stamp ‘Stronger Together’ stamp set and stamped it onto the center of my card with Versafine Onyx Black.
I then took all of my acrylic blocks and placed all of the other flower and leaf stamps onto each of them. I then inked them up with my Versafine Onyx Black and stamped the images to fill the empty space around the center focal image.
Next I pulled out my Arteza Real Brush pens (96 count) and my fine tip water brush and got to work on coloring all of the images.
First, I worked on the leaves. I used the colors: Bright Green- A153, Light Green- A111, Lime Green -A147, and Parakeet Green- A185. I wanted a good selection of greens but I didn’t layer any of the colors because I decided to make the coloring simple. For the flowers I used the colors: Thistle Purple- A192, Light Magenta- A184, Bubble Bath Pink- A187, and Hot Pink- A196. I outlined each leave and flower petal and then drew the color out with my fine tip water brush. I didn’t outline everything at once, I would outline one leaf or one flower and then pull the color out. If I would have waited, it would have been very difficult to pull the color out nicely. I did all of this on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper because I find it works best with the Arteza Real Brush Pens.
Next, I wanted to add a heat embossed sentiment. I used the ‘We are always stronger together’ from the same stamp set. I first wiped down the whole card with my Inkadinkadoo Embossing Bag after I had heat dried it with my Wagner Heat Gun since I had used water colors. That way the embossing powder wouldn’t stick where I didn’t want it to. After it had been wiped down, I attached my sentiment to an acrylic block and then inked the sentiment up with my Versamark embossing ink. Once I stamped it, I took my Ranger Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder and sprinkled it over the sentiment. Once I had tapped off the excess, I heat set it with my heat gun.
Then I took my 1/2″ Scor Tape and applied it to the back of my panel. I used the Scor Tape because the panel was a little warped and this tape is strong enough to hold it flat on my card base.
Once my panel was on the front of the card, I decided to work on the inside. I stamped the sentiment ‘Dreaming of when we will be together again’ in Hero Arts Rose Madder Ink. I then stamped one of the flower images from the front, and I stamped it using the Hero Arts Orchid ink. The orchid ink was a bit darker than I expected but it still worked with the card.
For a bit of sparkle, I pulled out my Studio Katia Iridescent Crystals. I only added five crystals but around the sentiment which is something I loved to do. I attached them using my favorite Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue. I find that this holds embellishments on much better than other glues I had tried.
This is the final product. I am really pleased with with the final product. The colors on the inside of the card softened a bit making them not as dark as they were when they were stamped. I love the soft colors on the front of the card, I find it to be very calming.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post, I had a lot of fun creating this card. If you want to be notified whenever I post a new post, be sure to subscribe to this blog. If you want to see what I create and don’t post here, be sure to follow my Instagram (linked below). I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM PST. Thank you so much for stopping by, it really does mean the world to me. I hope to see you back soon but, until then, keep creating! XO Emma