Sunday, April 6, 2014

Best in Flowers Birthday

Hi again!  I'm back with a card that was made using the sketch from Mojo Monday and the color challenge at Pals Paper Arts.

I was determined to use both these challenges in making my card, but after the third try and a couple of frustrating hours in my craft room, I almost threw in the towel on one or the other.  Then I was flipping through my stamp sets again, and spotted the hydrangea from Best of Flowers and knew I had found the answer.

The flower was stamped on watercolor paper with Jet Black Stazon ink, then colored with the PPA challenge colors.  The image just guides you so nicely as to where to color for shadows, it is a dream to color.  The flower centers were colored with the small end of my Summer Starfruit marker, which is very subtle in real life but is really noticable in the closeup below.

Hydrangeas are one of my very favorite bushes.  In summer we have the best of both worlds, as the flowers on our bush are the purple shade, whereas our next door neighbor's blooms are the blue color, so we get to enjoy both.

While I was distressing the edges of the embossed piece of Pool Party, one of the little honeycombs decided to totally detach.  Hmmm...what to do?  Ah, yes, add a piece of retired First Edition paper to give the card even more of a vintage look.

That's it for this weekend (yes, the one that just flew by LOL!).  Thanks for taking the time to visit, and as always, I would love to hear from you if you have time to leave a comment.  Until next time, take care!



Product details:
Stamps:  Express Yourself, Best of Flowers
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Pool Party standard card stock and Core'dinations, Summer Starfruit, Old Olive, Afternoon Picnic, Etcetera and First Edition designer papers, Watercolor
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Old Olive, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit
Other:  Labels and Ovals Collections framelits, Honeycomb embossing folder, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread


Julee (Vervegirl) said...

So gorgeous! Love the distressing and that bit of linen thread.

Cindy Hall said...

This is such a pretty card, Steph! I love that Mojo sketch, and you've done a beautiful job of distressing on this project. Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Pals Paper Arts this week!

Christine Blain said...

Stef, I am so glad you persisted with the colour scheme, as this card is BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE all the sponging/antiquing ... stunning.

Susan Itell said...

What a beautiful card....truly a work of art from your hear! Your attention to detail is fabulous! Thanks for playing in the Pals Paper Art Challenge this week!