Sunday, April 30, 2017

Flora Thanks

Hi there friends!  I'm sharing a card that I made with a gorgeous background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  While it was time consuming to color, it was also a labor of love (because I LOVE this stamp!) and worth it in the end I think.

I cut a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper to 6" x 6", which is just slightly larger than the stamp, then used a Misti to stamp twice with Versamark to ensure a good stamped image before heat embossing with white embossing powder.  Coloring then ensued using Zig markers and a water brush.  The pattern was somewhat overwhelming at first but I started from the middle and worked my way out, coloring the same parts as I moved my way around the card.  After the flowers and leaves were dry, I used a very light gray to color the background in-between the images.  While not so obvious in the photos, IRL the gray helps the white embossing pop at bit.

To assemble the card I trimmed down the background image to 4.5" square, then adhered to a slightly larger card base cut from Crushed Cucumber card stock.  For the die cut sentiment I used some Stick It adhesive to the back of a scrap of white card stock large enough to cut the word twice, the layered one on the other after running through my Big Shot, and because the bottom piece had Stick It on the back as well, it was easy to adhere to the vellum flag.  I then turned the vellum over and added foam tape just under the die cut in order to hide the adhesive.  I hesitated to add any embellishments because the background is already so busy but finally decided on a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.  For the interior, I added one of the trimmed pieces to the bottom of the white card stock panel I added for a greeting.

I'm entering this into three challenges - the current challenge at Color Throwdown, Jaydee's fun Tic Tac Toe challenge at The Paper Players, and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week.  I've added links below, so be sure to head over to the challenges and enjoy all the gorgeous inspiration!

Thanks for visiting!


Product details:
Stamps:  Flora Background (SSS)
Paper:  Cucumber Crush (SU), Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Vellum
Ink:  Versamark, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  Light Pink, Purple, May Green, Yellow Green, Yellow, Cool Gray 1
Other:  SSS Thanks die, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, Kuretake Water Brush, Stick It adhesive


Tracy Freeman said...

It looks stunning ! the colours are so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

LeAnne said...

This is gorgeous, well worth the time and effort! I wouldn't want to send it away, I think I'd have to frame it! So happy you shared this with the Players this week!

Bev Polen - Guneaux Designs said...

Wow, Stef!! Your labor of love was so worth the effort as your card is marvelous! Love the colors used!