Ok lets start by looking at the stamps.
I decided to stick with one layer simple cards, that are easy to mail. I think I am stuck on pink. I have to tell you a good story about Pink. My daughter is a Paralympian and pink is her trade mark color. Everything is pink, from her wheelchair to her clothes, for both her and her horse. Well, her trainer complained and said she needed to wear red white or blue, pink was just un-American. Her reply: So is Victoria Secret un-American? Seems she is pretty well entrenched in the American Culture. No response, so onward we go with Pink..
This is about as simple as it gets. I used my baby powder trick, see this months blog hop and heat embossed in white. Then using Distress Ink, Worn Lipstick, sponged on with the goal of an ombre effect. Added the Sentiment, a few sequins for bling, done. This was layered on an A2 white Card base. Not much is needed for the happy card!!
This is my favorite!!! I love it. I used black card stock and Distress Oxide in Wilted violet for the beauty.
I am starting to stamp here. The thing about oxide, is they need a bit of water to "glow" but the challenge is to get just enough and not have the ink run and ruin the effect. Took some time to get this right. Distance is the key, get a good 2 feet away before spritzing.
Background finished and spritzed. Hard to see in the photo, but look at the ends of the flowers, the color difference is the result of water misting.
Final steps. Die cut a butterfly, using score tape on the base, then adding the detail cutout in gold and sprinkling with warm diamond micro glitter from Elizabeth Craft.
A sentiment, simple one, a little ribbon and a few rhinestones finishes it off.
Here is a closer look. The Purple, Gold, with white on black is stunning. And well, oops it is not Pink, What was I thinking, Well all the Blog Hop cards were mostly pink, so 5 out of 6 in pink, I'm Good!!!!
This one nearly went into the trash. But maybe we learn from mistakes. Lets take a look and talk about this one.
In this picture it looks nice, up close it looks nice, but when I first finished it, well not. There is a "big" paper crafter that makes the most amazing florals with Real Markers. She makes it look easy. Well guess what , I seriously think photo shop or lighting is a factor. Even when I use the very same paper and follow the same process, it never looks right. Always a little "washed out". That is what happened with this one. So What Happened?
I did not want a no line, so I stamped it on Bristol Paper in black and taped down.
Got out my markers and started in with marker and water brush in hand. The ink did not move. This was not going to be soft and watercolored, it was going to look like I took up coloring with markers and no intention of using it. Trash!!!
Grabbed as many different papers as I could find and tried the markers and water on all of them until I found one that I could move the ink. Turned out to be Aquarell by Canson, not my favorite paper, but the ink sits on top long enough to get it to move.
So!! I grabbed my Distress in Iced Spruce, stamped and started coloring. Oh my Gosh!!!! I grabbed Oxide and not plain distress. It blended and moved and stayed and didn't fade into the background. But, it could be interesting, may be antiqued looking?
So I colored on. But I lost all my detail and the flowers were just blobs of pale greyed out blobs. Now what!!!! Fine line markers to the rescue!!!
I doodled all over them. The black pen is my favorite and was included in last months kit. I also used a purple fine line sharpie . Now it looks like art, not stamping and saved the day. I did float some of the color onto the background.
All that was needed was a little bling, a card Base and Mat. This is also an A@. But I cut the flower panel way down, so more of the mat showed. Not my favorite but definitely not trash can material.
Well that is it for me!! Your next stop is: Cheryl Hope you enjoy the hop!!!
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