Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Persian Motifs

9/21/2016 Update: Top Three at Atlantic Hearts #177.

9/19/2016 Update: Ruby Award winner at Color Dare #210.

My card is the result of two challenges - a sketch challenge and a color challenge. A few days ago, I received a new stamp from Altenew. (Note to self: How many floral stamps does one person really need?)

On a panel and using a MISTI, the images were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white. Using an Aqua Painter, the ink was added using a light hand because this is not watercolor paper. The ink was applied directly from the dye ink pads onto the image. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card front and the sequins were applied. The focal panel was then trimmed with die cut scallops, adhered to a panel of white and then directly applied to the card base. The card base was lined with a scalloped panel of white and decorated with a colored floral image.
The card is being submitted to
1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #177


2. Color My Heart: Color Dare #210

Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, embossing resist, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

CTMH Materials
Inks: Eggplant, Fern, Peacock
Cardstock: Eggplant

Stampin' Up! Materials
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo
Misc.: White EP, Aqua Painter

Other Materials
Stamps: Altenew "Persian Motifs"
Ink: Versamark
Die: Impression Obsession Border
Misc.: Pretty Pink Posh sequins


  1. Absolutely stunning Melanie! The colors are just perfect and I love this clean design. Your flowers turned out beautifully! Love every little detail. :)

  2. Beautifully colored flowers! In my experience,"need" isn't part of the crafting equation - there are just so many flowers to love ♥ Thank you so much for joining at AHSC this week. Hope to see you again soon.

  3. Stunning creation, a true work of art! Love, love, love your colors. Oh, and to answer your question, one can NEVER have too many floral stamps!!! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  4. This is gorgeous! You did an excellent job coloring the flowers! As for how many flowers stamps do we need? There is no answer as long as they keep making more! Thanks for joining us at Color My Heart!

  5. Gorgeous card, Melanie! I love the painting technique you used. Great job of combining two of my favorite challenges. Thanks for sharing this fabulous card with us at the Color Dare blog.
    :) Marie

  6. Stunning card! Love your images and the big scalloped border is a nice touch. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  7. I love your colouring - I haven't been able to master this on a background other than white so this is an enviable skill! The colours stand out so beautifully and the stamp you used is gorgeous (and one can NEVER have too many floral stamps!) Absolutrly beautiful!

  8. Glad you were able to get these challenges in before your vacation. Love the white embossing with the light watercoloring...beautiful colors. Combining with the sketch challenge...great interpretation of the sketch. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare and AHSC.

  9. I love this technique with the white embossing. I haven't tried it yet. thank you for joining us at Atlantic hearts!

  10. Um... I think you need ALL of the floral stamp sets... especially the Altenew ones...lol! LOVE this one... so beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  11. Another stunner, Melanie! Great job with the embossing and colouring. Lovely stamps! TY for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts this week! :) ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  12. Stunning! I love it. The colours are so rich and deep, beautiful! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC