Tuesday, August 1, 2017

So Sweet Birthday

Hi there, I hope your week is going well!  Today I'm going to share with you a card I made for the fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players, and using the sketch from the current challenge at Sunday Stamps.  I'm also entering this into the "Anything Goes" challenge for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I thought the July My Monthly Hero stamp set would work perfectly for this sketch, with it's lovely small images of flower bouquets and various containers to hold them.  I decided to use the pretty Sweet Pea bouquet image along with the watering can.  I stamped the flowers and a sentiment from the set on a square of Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  The watering can was stamped on a separate piece and die cut with the companion die after I finished water coloring it with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

The flowers were water colored with a combination of Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac.  I love the blue color that results when those two colors blend.  Because the image is so small, my water coloring was pretty basic, covering the flowers first with lilac, then dropping in the violet color at the base and spreading it into the lilac but not worrying about blending it perfectly.  Once the flowers dried I added Shabby Shutters ink to the stems and leaves.

To give the watering can something to rest on, I added a but of Pumice Stone ink in the lower background.  Tumbled Glass ink was lightly spread around the flowers, and then the watering can was added to the panel using Dimensionals.   I searched through my stash and found this beautiful Basic Gray designer paper that worked perfectly with the image - a little old fashioned and a bit of distress around the edges.  After adding the dsp and focal image to the white card stock base, it was embellished with the banners, Galaxy (purple) and Morning Dew Nuvo drops and the cute wood flower.  Then I realized that my card was supposed to be a birthday card in order to complete the top row of the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, and the sentiment on the front wasn't a birthday sentiment (oops).  I found a sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set by Stampin' Up with a font that seemed complementary to the one on the front of the card and added that to the inside along with a couple of other flower images from the HA stamp set.  So I hope that qualifies me for the challenge :)

Well, that's the story about this card creation!  Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the amazing inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams (SU)
Paper:  #110 Neenah Solar White, Tim Holtz water color, Wisteria Wonder (SU), Vellum, Wisteria 6x6 dsp paper pad (Basic Gray)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Ink:  Hickory Smoke, Shabby Shutters, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass
Other:  Eyelet Border punch (SU), Polka Dot embossing folder (SU), My Monthly Hero Arts companion die, Touches of Nature Elements (SU), Galaxy and Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops, #4 Silver Black Velvet and #00 Grumbacher watercolor paint brushes


debby4000 said...

What a beautiful, elegant card.
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

LeAnne said...

So pretty, Stef! I shy away from lavender shades for some reason and I wonder why, because your card is just divine! Thanks for playing with our Paper Players challenge this week, too!

Ann Abrahamson said...

This is so pretty. Love the violet flowers and the embellished banner is a nice touch. Thanks for sharing over at The Paper Players Challenge this week! ~ Annie

Joanne James said...

Stef your sweet peas are so pretty - these are one of my favourite summer flowers, they smell so divine and look great in your tin watering can. Thanks for joining us for TicTacToe over at The Paper Players this week!

Jaydee said...

Gorgeous coloring, Stef. Blending the two colors creates a fabulous soft mixture of them both. My mother would have been totally in love with this lavender card. It's soft and feminine without being girly. Gorgeous. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

laurie said...

Beautiful! I love the image... so pretty. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

Monika Reeck said...

wooww the Image is adorable
your coloring so perfect
and love the color combo
great used our sketch too
Love your card
many thanks to joining our challenge this time at Sunday Stamps
Monika (DT)