Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Musical Kids

Die-Versions new release this month is all about music and I've incorporated four of the new dies into this card, plus a few handmade flowers that remind me of carnations.  The new releases are the Music Stand, Musical Boy, Musical Girl, and Harmony Wee Petites (music notes).

I started out by creating my background using a technique which combines embossing powder and embossing paste.  (You can see a video of it here by Jennifer McGuire.)  I placed the Dreamweaver metal stencil down onto white cardstock and applied the embossing paste.  After carefully removing the stencil, I covered it with Lagoon Blue embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle and let it completely dry.

Once it was dry (I waited a couple hours), I heat set the embossing powder.  This gave it a really nice, but subtle, shimmer.  I didn't like the white background, so I spritzed the entire thing with Dylusions Ink Spray (Dirty Martini).  The raised embossing paste/embossing powder design acted like a resist and I was able to take a paper towel and remove all the ink from that portion, leaving a nice variegated background.

I wanted the boy and girl in silhouette and decided they were playing a duet together.  The little girl is pop dotted beside the boy to give the illusion she's standing right beside him, reading the sheet music from the music stand.

After adhering everything together, I felt it needed a little something more.  I remembered seeing these flowers several years ago and decided to make a few.  It's so easy too.... just die cut or punch a bunch of scalloped circles, all the same size.  Then lightly spritz them with water or a spritz (I added Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer) to soften the fibers of the paper.  This allows you to crumple them up in a ball easier.  Once they are dry, punch a hole in the center and begin threading the layers through a brad.  Unfurl the layers as you go.  You can add as many or as few layers as you want to determine the size of the flower.  As I mentioned, these remind me of the carnations I taught people how to make out of gum paste or fondant for cakes.

You're definitely going to want to check out this new release as well as what the rest of the DV Dynamos have come up with.  I think you're going to be pretty impressed.

I'm entering this in the Dreamweaver's challenge: February Flutters.


rachel said...

supercard Anne and \i love the flowers xx

Eret said...

It looks amazing, Anne! Very beautiful background and gorgeous flowers. Love the way you've used the die cuts.

Shona Erlenborn said...

So you got the embossing paste and EP to work! It looks great. Awesome background and your little people are so sweet. Love the flowers too!

jimlynn said...

I'm going to have to check these out for sure - my little granddaughter plays the violin!
Beautiful card and love the way you used the embossing paste and then the powder! So lovely with the flower on here too.

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Anne!! I just love the dies you used!! Those flowers are amazing - I'll have to give them a try!! Have a great day :)

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Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous card Anne, love the silhouettes and the beautiful green background.
Linda xxx

Brenda said...

fun and vibrant! love the flowers too

April said...

So bright and cheery and very well done!

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

Such a pretty card , I love the silhouettes !!! Beautiful as always !!


Patricia St Martin said...

Love the silhouettes and the music theme. Your flowers are amazing.
Hugs, Pat

Tammy said...

Absolutely precious and I love the black and white! The flowers are gorgeous!

nwilliams6 said...

Wonderful green bg and the images and flowers are gorgeous! This is really, really pretty. Hugz!

Joan Ervin said...

What adorable dies, Anne...the children are just precious and I love the flowers you added!!!!!

Ellen Taylor said...

One just can't have enough musical stamps or dies! This is fabulous Anne! Love the green too!!

McCrafty's Cards said...

love this Anne, those swirls are lovely and and I like the flowers
Kevin xx

Donna Ellis said...

great ideas, Anne! Love what you have done with the Gesso flourish, and the amazing background from the sprays. LOOKS FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing about how you made the flowers - LOVE them, and have pinned your blog post so I can remember to try them, too! hugs, de

Lisa M said...

Just been perusing through your blog and this little cutie caught my eye and WOW...this is fabulous!!!!
Love the offset of white and black silhouettes together. Very beautiful creation!
Hugs to you and I hope you have a good weekend.
Lisa x