Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thinking of You

The colors in this card were selected by the Color My Heart: Color Dare #185 team. I was inspired to use flowers by Always Playing with Paper's The Challenge #65. The past week has been a bit consumed with making coffee cards for a blog hop so it was refreshing to create a card without thinking about clever coffee puns. I used one of my favorite floral stamp sets of which I never tire.

Three flowers and six leaves were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. They were then colored using an Aqua Painter loaded with pink ink. Once dry, they were washed with white craft ink. After fussy cutting all the images (there are dies but I did not want a white border) they were ready to adhere to the card base. The card base was decorated with two panels cut diagonally, a partial die cut wreath and a hand cut banner. One flower was directly adhered, one was adhered with extra thin foam tape and the third was backed with thicker foam tape. The leaf stems were all directly adhered but the ends of the leaves were popped up with tiny bits of clear foam. The sentiment was stamped on a
die cut oval and a tiny die cut flower was added. The inside was decorated with a stamped pink flower and two green leaves.

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Techniques: Stamping, water coloring, white washing, heat embossing, emboss resist, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Close to My Heart Materials
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf, Topiary, Cotton Candy

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Secret Garden (flowers), Birthday Blossoms (leaves), Sassy Salutations (sentiment)
Inks: White Craft, Strawberry Slush (sub for Cotton Candy), Certainly Celery (sub for Sweet Leaf)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Sky (sub for Glacier), water color
Misc.: Dimensionals foam tape, white embossing powder

Other Materials
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Dies: Gina K Designs Stacking Ovals, Lil' Inker Designs "Perky Posies" (small pink flower on sentiment), Lea'bilities "Four Season Wreath"
Misc.: Kool-Tac clear foam


  1. Your painted flowers and leaves are just gorgeous! They make a great focal point for the card. Thanks for taking a Color Dare.

  2. I love the way you painted the flowers! The colors looks realistic. Thanks for joining our challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare.

  3. Wow, those embossed and watercolored flowers and leaves are beautiful, and love the whole layout of the card, and of course the color combination. Beautiful card. Thanks again and again for joining us and sharing your lovely cards at ColorMyHeart Color Dare...hope to see your art next week'll like the colors.

  4. This is beautiful Melanie! Your flowers turned out perfectly and I love the color scheme. Perfectly created! :)

  5. Beautiful ~ love those flowers. Thank you for joining us this week on Color My Heart.

  6. What beautiful flowers on your lovely card! Thanks so much for joining us at The Challenge this week!

  7. So pretty! Love the floral focal point you created. Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

  8. Such a pretty card! Love the white embossing that you did. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  9. So pretty, Melanie ... fabulous dimension ... lovely how you took the design to the inside! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Challenge! Anita :)

  10. Melanie, those flowers are coloured to perfection! They look so realistic and just pop off the page. Your choice of colours and where to place them for this challenge is just perfect. The layering gives the card that perfect touch. What a beauty!