Hello everyone and Happy Saturday to you! Today is Week Two of my Weekend "Have It Your Way" Challenge! I hope you'll want to play along because I would love to see what you create using the challenge colors, sketch or inspiration photo!
The "Have It Your Way" Challenge is actually 3 challenges in one and it gives you complete freedom to pick or choose what you want to use as inspiration for your card or project. You can:
-- Choose the colors -- Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Raspberry Ripple
-- Choose the Sketch (and feel free to alter it and make it your own) -- or --
-- You can choose the Inspiration Photo to get your creative juices flowing! -- or --
-- you can choose all three forms of inspiration or any combination of them! Have it YOUR way!!!
Once you've completed your project, I would love for you to leave me a comment with a link to your photo so that I (and everyone else) can enjoy your beautiful artwork!
Now, here's my project for this week. I kind of used all three forms of inspiration for my card. I just love the color Crisp Cantaloupe -- it reminds me of orange sherbet on a hot summer night. And I normally would never have paired it with Raspberry Ripple but you know something ... I really like this color combo and will probably come back to it again. The contrast between the two colors is just beautiful!
I used three different stamp sets -- Flowering Flourishes, Secret Garden and Express Yourself. Embellishments include Basic Pearls, Ruffled Ribbon, Secret Garden Framelets and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. For a complete list of supplies, see the thumbnails below and if you want to order any of them, all you have to do is click on the thumbnail to go directly to my online store and place your order.
As always, I added a little something special to the inside of the card just for the surprise factor. And I lined the inside of the envelope with a Raspberry Ripple print from the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper pack.
To create the watercolor effect on the flowers, I first stamped them with Versamark Ink and embossed them with Black Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool. I spritzed them with rubbing alcohol (it dries faster and I think I have more control over where the color goes than I do with water). Using Aquapainters (again, filled with alcohol), I grabbed just a tiny bit of ink from the inkpads and painted it onto the petals until I achieved the look that I wanted. I just used the two colors here -- Raspberry Ripple and Crisp Cantaloupe -- but you could easily use more colors for even more variety. It's a fun technique and actually very relaxing!
Here are Dimensions and Instructions for making this card your own:
- Layer One -- Raspberry Ripple Cardstock cut at 5.5 x 8.5" -- scored and folded in the middle to form the card base.
- Layer Two -- Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock cut at 4 x 5.25" -- stamp with the flourish stamp and Crisp Cantaloupe Ink and then emboss in the Big Shot using the Decorative Dots Folder.
- Layer Three -- Using the Big Shot and the Ovals Thinlets Dies, cut an oval (2.5 x 3.5"). Stamp the flourish with Pistachio Pudding Ink and Ink the edges with Rapsberry Ripple Ink. Attach to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Attach Ribbon around the edge of the oval with SNAIL adhesive (the ribbon is stretch so it goes around curves beautifully).
- Layer Four -- After the flowers are dry from the watercolor technique, cut out with the Secret Garden Framelets and attach with Stampin' Dimensionals. Don't forget to cut a couple of leaf fronds from Pistachio Pudding Cardstock (I inked the edges with Old Olive Ink to make them pop). Add pearls and the sentiment.