There are two things that challenged me to create this card. First, I was asked by my co-worker to create a Thank You card for her. Second, I wanted to participate in Altenew's May Challenge. I got the inspiration from a card made my Joni Nina Andaya (http://stampawaywithme.blogspot.com/2016/04/beautiful-bouquet-dahlia-shaker-card.html.)
To create the background, I positioned the flowers from the set at the edges of a watercolor panel cut at 6" x 4 1/4". I used the Misti Tool just in case I don't get a perfect impression the first time. I applied an anti-static tool before stamping the flowers with Versamark ink. I heat embossed this using Ranger Copper embossing powder. I repeatedly did this until the edges are covered with flowers. I later on trimmed this to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".
To create the center window, I used a craft knife to create an 'X' then use my scissors to cut around the inner edge, leaving a small white border. I colored the flowers and the background using Akashiya Sai Watercolor brush pens and Zig Clean Color Real brush pens. I like the bold colors these pens create. How about you?
For the centerpiece that will occupy the window, I stamped the sentiment using Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and You stamp set on yellow vellum. I used a Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet dye ink. Since stamping on vellum takes a while to dry, I embossed the sentiment using a clear powder. To add more detail to this vellum panel, I stamped the butterflies from the Altenew stamp set on the back of the vellum to create a muted effect.
I could have stopped here but I didn't. I created a plaid background as a background to the vellum. I don't have a thick stripe stamp, and I wish I did. To create one, I stretched one of my block sentiment stamps by using the reverse side of it. I repeatedly stamp this diagonally to create the plaid look. I used SSS Orange Peel dye ink. I initially tried this with SSS Sunshine dye ink but the effect through the vellum wasn't the same as the effect of the Orange Peel.
I adhered the vellum on the back of the windowed panel, making sure the sentiment is centered. I then adhered the plaid background to the back of the vellum. I applied this panel to a white note card.
Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a brilliant day!
Maria Giselle B.
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