Saturday, September 26, 2015

Whitewashed Flowers

9/30/2015 Update:
The Whitewashed Flowers won a Top Three position at AHSC #126.

Today's card was made for a dear friend who will soon be celebrating her 75th birthday. I used the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #126 for design inspiration and a whitewash technique that I saw at THIS BLOG and the tutorial HERE.

I used the Secret Garden stamp set. Although retired it's one that I turn to often for pretty flowers. The flowers were stamped on a panel of Crumb Cake cardstock using Versamark ink, then heat embossed with white powder. I followed the technique instructions using Crisp Cantaloupe and Whisper White Craft inks.

The card was dried using a heat gun. Once dry, the leaves were stamped and the twine added. A panel of white vellum was die cut. The back of the vellum was sponged with ink and dried with a heat gun using an oval die as a stencil. In order to pop it up, another smaller scalloped rectangle was die cut from green cardstock and adhered behind the vellum. The sentiment was stamped on the front of the oval using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white powder.

The green panel was backed with craft foam and adhered to the card. The butterfly was punched from a scrap of cardstock and embellished with pearls. The entire card was assembled on a card base of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with stamped floral and leaf designs.

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Techniques: whitewashing, heat embossing, embossing resist, die cutting, stamping, sponging, punching
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Secret Garden (retired) and Birthday Blossoms (sentiment)
Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White Craft, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi, white vellum
Dies: Die'sire Scalloped Rectangles, Gina K. Designs oval used as a stencil.
Punch: Bitty Butterfly
Misc.: Pearls, Crisp Cantaloupe thick twine, white embossing powder, craft foam


  1. Wow, Mel, this is super pretty...the pink flowers look so soft but pop with the green leaves. And love how you used the vellum on the sentiment. Could very well be a three...good luck in the challenge.

  2. Oh, I love it!! Your white washed flowers turned out perfectly. Fantastic design, fabulous card! :)

  3. What a fabulous card! Love your coloring. Thanks for sharing it with us and hope to see you again in our next challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  4. This is a super pretty card. Thanks for including all the instructions. Hope to see you at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge again.

  5. Beautiful and Elegant! I wish I could see the inside better, I love when the inside of a card is decorated too!

  6. Gorgeous!! Love this! Definitely going to have to try that technique... it's so soft and pretty...

  7. Stunning, I love the softness of the colours yet they jump with off, so pretty! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  8. Beautiful card! Love those flowers and how you incorporated them into the sketch! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Linda N
    DT member AHSC

  9. What a fun technique - beautiful! Thanks for playing along at AHSC!

  10. This is stunning- I am off to try this technique now! Thank you so much for inspiring me. Thanks for playing along at AHSC.