I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week and made two cards. I chose the other card to submit, but loved the bright colors of this card as well, so I figured I would share this creation as well.
I used Strathmore Watercolor Paper because at first I was going to do more blending and use more water, but as I stamped it out I liked the vibrant yellow color so all I did was take a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and fill in more yellow to fill in the blank spots in the flowers. I used Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade for the flower base.
QUICK TIP: Make sure to use your heat gun to dry the flower bases first before you emboss. I also recommend using a powder bag to make sure no embossing powder sticks. I had TONS of embossing powder stick my first time I stamped these, and so I used a broad stiff paintbrush and swiped ALL the embossing powder off the images. I then used my heat gun again and then restamped withVersamark in Frost and started all over.
I used the same My Favorite Things Sweet Roses Stamp set as the previous card. I then stamped the outline in Versamark frost ink and heat embossed it with gorgeous American Crafts Embossing Powder in Grapefruit and it so reminded me of Strawberry Lemonade when I was done. It is such a fun summery color combination.
I cut out the sentiment using my Cricut ( 2 3/4″ Alphalicious font) and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue . I dry embossed the whole thing using a Paper Studio Chevron Embossing Folder BEFORE I added the sentiment. I glued the watercolor paper onto a premade notecard from Michael’s, and left a little room on the top and bottom for the black to peek out. I added some black sequins that I found clearanced out at Hobby Lobby using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.
This card is so cheerful and I just love the color contrasts. It shows you can use black and still make the card look cheerful and fun! Now I am thirsty for some Strawberry Lemonade. 🙂
Summer makes me think of flowers and brilliant colors. I made a sparkly flower card for Mother’s Day, but this card could easily be transformed into a thank you, birthday, or just a general hello card with a switch of the sentiment.
Die cutting and glitter are really popular right now, and I found another way to achieve those looks, especially if you are in a hurry. I found some gorgeous glittery paper from Michael’s, and I used my Martha Stewart flower punch to create a glittery die cut look without sprinkling any glitter. I also used my Spellbenders floral ovals dies to help create the sentiment.
The glitter stays put and you get a dramatic statement for your card. The nice thing about using glitter is that the rest of your card can be pretty simple since the main attraction is that glittery element.
Last, but not least, I used silver embossing to create the sentiment and the hearts. I die cute the hearts using my Big Shot, and then double embossed the hearts using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I just used my tweezers and embossed the heart once and the let it cool and them embossed it again to get a more textured raised look to the cardstock heart. You could also temporarily adhere the hearts to cardboard and emboss that way so the hearts don’t move on you. I couldn’t resist adding a bit more bling and adhered two jewels to the hearts.
QUICK TIP: When double embossing make sure the embossing has time to dry. If you touch it too soon you will smudge and crease the embossed area and it will ruin the nice smooth image. This was part of the reason why I added the jewels. I learned this the hard way. Although I will say it was a happy accident. 🙂
I used a pre-made 5X& notecard, but you could easily use any notecard or create your own notecard using cardstock and the Martha Stewart Score board. I love using floral designs in my cards and they add a touch of elegance to any project. Give it a try!