Sunday, August 8, 2010


I used a variety of techniques while making this card.  Since I didn't have any patterned or solid paper that I liked with this, I made my own base using glossy card stock sprayed  with Cornflower Walnut Ink by Tsukineko.  I blotted some of the excess spray to give it more of a mottled look. 

This gorgeous vase is an older stamp by Magenta.  I used Distress Inks to color in the image with an aqua brush.  This is a simple technique where you stamp the ink pad colors onto your craft mat and use a small aqua brush to pick up the colors.  I combined a couple different colors until I came up with the shades I wanted.  Since I wanted the vase to be raised, I outlined the image onto chipboard and cut it out; then I adhered the vase to the chipboard so it would have a solid feel to it.  (I didn't think pop dots would give me the exact effect I was looking for.)

The posy branch is part of a set from Heartfelt Creations.  I stamped the image several times, masking the previous ones, until I had the look I was going for.  I did use Copics (RV00, RV02, YR61, G03, G07, E25, E27) to color this image.  I then fussy cut the branchs using either my Exaco knife or my Color Bee scissors by EK Success.  These are the best scissors for cutting out tiny details.  It cuts through the paper like it was melted butter.

Heartfelt Creations also has die cuts (made by Spellbinders) to match a number of their rubber stamps, including this one.  I used the smallest flower die to cut out some blossoms in vellum.  I airbrushed the white vellum with YR 61 to match the blossoms better.

Here is a close up so you can see the vellum flowers better:

I used a tool from my cake decorating supplies to curl each individual vellum petal.  (This is the same tool used to curl petals made from gum paste or fondant.  Don't worry, I have more than one, so this one is now in my craft room.)  Who knew these tools would serve a dual purpose : ) ?   Next, added small pearls to the four corners and to the center of each flower.  The final step was to layer this onto black cardstock.

Thanks for checking it out..


Michele said...

So many lovely details!

Becky said...

Think this is the best one yet! The flowers just jump out at you, almost like 3D. Beautiful.

Liz said...

This is just awesome!! All the detail is so beautiful! I love it!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Amazing! You have a lot of patience to cut all those flowers out! Thanks for entering the Speedy the Cat's Team Member contest. I will be letting you know if you are a winner!

Lagene said...

Beautiful card!!! Love the layers of flowers!

Thanh Vo said...

I'm late in commenting - but I wanted to say thanks for joining us at Raise the Bar!

I LOVE pearls used for the middles of flowers. Gorgeous!