Monday, April 7, 2014

April Showers

Front panel

Today's card uses April Showers, one of the new stamp sets released by Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.  I have to admit this card came together very slowly.  I had no idea I was going to try and make a reversible card when I started out.

Front panel - Flipped 

I began by stamping the image onto vellum with VersaMark and heat setting it with Clear embossing powder.  I wanted to try my hand at the "no lines" coloring that I've seen.  I colored the image with Copic markers and them backed the vellum with a soft shade of peach thin weight cardstock.

Then I decided this might look good on an acetate card, so I go out my SNS Clear Embossable Acetate and stamped the sentiment on the front cover with Distress Ink (Black Soot) and heat set it with Clear embossing powder.  It didn't show up as well as I wanted, so I die cut the stitched sentiment flag from Lil' Inkers Designs and adhered it to the inside front panel behind the sentiment.  I also adhered the image to the inside front panel.

Inside (normal view)

The back panel is the Scribbles cutting plate from Taylored Expressions, which I covered with VersaMark and heat set using Holiday Blue embossing powder.  It reminded me of swirling rain.  I didn't want the backside to be plain white cardstock, so I embossed it with Sapphire embossing powder and heat set it.  That's when the idea of a reversible card popped into my brain.

Inside with color panel behind it

Since the sentiment mentions rain and sunshine, I added a sun and a cloud (both from MFT) to the backside of the colored image.  These were die cut from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and covered with Cloud Nine Velvet glitter.  I then colored the pieces with Distress Markers and a water brush because I wanted to blend a couple different colors together.

Inside when Flipped (with color panel behind it)

Now when you open the card, you see the sun.  When you flip the card upside down, you see the sunshine peeking through the swirls of rain.

Front Flipped (with color panel behind it)
This was hard to explain, but looks pretty cool in person.  Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to answer them for you.


rachel said...

This looks very complicated Anne but I think I get the general idea - very clever and very effective - love the swirly sparkles - brilliant . Big Hugs rachel xx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Anne! This had to have been a bear to photograph! Amazing, and so many sparklies on it! Great job. I've not made but one transparent card, and it certainly did not contain all the components this masterpiece has! Fabulous job. Thank you for sharing! hugs, de

Linda Simpson said...

This looks fabulous Anne, love the image of the gorgeous cuties in the rain.
Linda xxx

Lisa said...

Wow, this looks amazing, Anne!! I love the design!! The image is so sweet and I love how you stamped it so there are no lines!! This is just absolutely fabulous!! Love, love it!! Have a great day :)

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Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

This is lovely Anne !!! I love the colors and the design !!!


jimlynn said...

Ok must ship some of your creativity to Texas (me!)! Love this awesome card. Beautiful!

Tammy said...

Very clever and sensational card! Love the blue!

April said...

What a clever card! A lot of thought and work went into it. Great job!

Shona Erlenborn said...

How creative! Love all the sparkle that you managed to photograph - though how I'm not sure! Your swirling rain is gorgeous!

NanaConnie said...

Oh, Anne, I dearly love the bright colors on the raincoats and umbrellas! Gorgeous swirly background.

Lena's Creations said...

Beautiful card. I love the all the sparkle. I tried an acetate card once but it didn't come out nice at all. Now I think I will give it another shot. Great inspiration ~ thank you.
Lena’s Creations

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love to see all of your fun and creative projects! And, how cool is this!!! Love this fun card!

MaryH said...

This is a most interesting card, as well as being super lovely. It was intriguing to read all the how-to's, and it's something I've not seen before. I've embossed on the clear acetate, but not tried stamping & embossing. Good idea and thanks for the tip. Loved the swirling 'rain', your sun & cloud embellie was perfect with this pretty image. A wonderful card, with some new techniques. TFS & Hugs

nwilliams6 said...

Very cool! Looks very difficult but it is certainly pretty and very fun! Hugz!

Joan Ervin said...

The cutting plate diecut looks gorgeous with all the sparkle and I love how you used the acetate card!!