Sunday, 29 April 2018

Flower Power

Good afternoon, everyone. 
I'm writing this after a long day at the cinema yesterday watching Infinity War - twice! My husband has been very ill and this was his first outing -the movie was fantastic! If I've missed your blog the past couple weeks, I do apologise. Paul is on the mend and we're all looking forward to everything returning to normal.
I did manage to make a card last week with one of my new stamps from Craftwork Cards. It's a beauty and has become very popular in their Facebook Group - lots of gorgeous cards made with it! The stamp set is called Birthday Bloom and you can see it here
I know this isn't my usual tutorial but I still hope that you enjoy my card, which was made for my friend Karen, who lives in Wales and has just started a new job. I don't send cards often enough so hope she likes this one. 
More often than not I make my own backgrounds but not always. There are some fantastic paper pads our there and I've used the Craftwork Cards Vivids you can buy here. I did add more ink and texture to the paper, but if you don't like messy, it's already done for you. 
Materials Used 
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine
A4 300gsm white cardstock to make a DL cardblank and for the inside of the card
Pro-Art Paper Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media Vellum(I AM SO IN LoVE)
Xcut Corner Punch
Anita's PVA Glue
Craftwork Cards Vivids Paper Pad
Craftwork Cards Birthday Blooms Stamp Set
Tonic Studios Craft Kit 5 - Best Wishes Stamp
Nuvo Glitter Drops Purple Rain
Nuvo Glitter Drops White BlizzardNuvo Glitter Drops Blue LagoonNuvo Glitter Drops Pink ChampagneNuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Simply WhiteNuvo Aqua Flow Pen Set Winter Skies & Autumn WoodllandNuvo Aqua Flow Pen Set Spring Meadow & Summer HolidayNuvo Aqua Flow Glitter GlossNuvo Diamond Ink Pads Tropical Fruits & Sea SirenNuvo Hybrid Ink Pad Black Shadow 
Nuvo Shimmer Powder Cherry Bombart Extravagance Texture Paste White CrackleGolden Regular Matte GelCrafter's Workshop well rounded stencil 6x6Sizzix Bright Bubbles Die
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen 
Black wire
Foam Pads

To make
I started with the stamp and had no colour scheme in mind. I stamped in my journal in Black Shadow (watercolour and alcohol marker friendly) and added some colour with my Aqua Flows and shimmer powders. I just started mixing the colours until I was happy. 
I needed 3 layers so made similar images. 
 You can see that I've started to layer up my images, fussy cutting very carefully the flower and the leaves. 
Now that I had my colours, I needed to make a background. I love making my own backgrounds but I grabbed my CWC Vivids paper pad and there was a perfect sheet inside, and that was that. I added some crackle texture paste using my crafter's workshop stencil and added some more pink colour with the cherry Bomb Shimmer Powder until I was happy with the texture.
I added glitter and drops to the stamped image and made a small panel for the sentiment, and then shaping all the corners with my corner punch. 
I added some elements to the inside of my card which are just perfect and used a faber-castell artist pen to make a border on the white card insert. 
I then added a little more texture paste to the sentiment panel to finish. 
Hope you have a great weekend and until next time...

lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

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