Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Miss You

8/02/2017 Update: Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

My card was made for my sister, Mary, who lives in Asia. I was inspired by several challenges to create the card, but in particular by one of the cards made by a Design Team member at the Paper Players challenge. See the card HERE.
Using heavyweight white cardstock, the front of the card base was cut away and a band of acetate adhered. Then the cut away piece was trimmed and adhered, allowing sufficient space for the sentiment. 
The leaf was stamped and watercolored using Oxide Distress ink. The leaf was covered with Versamark ink and clear embossed. While still warm from the heat gun, the leaf was shaped before adhering to the card. The flower was sponged with yellow ink and adhered.
Two identical sentiments were die cut. One was adhered to the front of the card and the other adhered exactly behind it on the inside of the card base. The sequins in tones of yellow were adhered and a large sequin was set into the center of the flower.
This card is being submitted to:
1. Tic Tac Toe Challenge #007 (used diagonal from top left - acetate, distress ink, yellow)

Techniques: CAS, Stamping, watercoloring, fussy cutting, heat embossing, die cutting, sponging
Size: A2
Stamp: Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet (leaves)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight, Oxide Distress Lucky Clover, Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight), Basic Black, window pane (acetate)
Die: Peachy Cheap
Misc.: SU! EP (clear); flower and sequins from stash


  1. Melanie,
    love your clean and simple design! Thanks for playing with us at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week!

  2. Melanie, thank you for the acknowledgement in your blog. Very kind of you. I do like the way you've developed the idea by having the sentiment on the front and in behind. I've never used oxide inks before but the effect here is lovely. Thank you so much for joining us at The Paper Players this week and sharing your gorgeous card. I'm sure your sister will love it.

  3. Your sister will love this card!!! Such a pretty floral and a great sentiment! Thanks for using our sketch this week at the Paper Players for your creation!

  4. Mel, this is so perfect! The flower in the front with the sentiment so PRECISELY aligned with the same behind... That flower is gorgeous! The sequins are the icing on the cake (card). Your sister will love this, I'm sure. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your talent with us at Atlantic Hearts :)

  5. What a beautiful card Melanie! Your clean design is absolutely stunning! Love your flower! :)

  6. Melanie, thank you for the detailed instructions for making the leaves and the flower. They are gorgeous! And I love the inserted sentiment! Thank you for joining us at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

  7. The clear acetate panel is a neat take on the sketches.
    Thanks for sharing at HLS Anything goes with Dies. :)

  8. Melanie I love everything about this card, it's so pretty! Thank you for joining AHSC this week.

  9. Beautiful! Gorgeous flower and leaves! Thanks so much for playing along with Atlantic hearts!

  10. Your sister will love this card, as do I! Such a pretty work of art to let her know how much she's missed! Thank you for sharing this gem in the HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge gallery!

  11. Goregous card, I love it. You so deserved the top 3 for this card. Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  12. I love this design!Beautiful card.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  13. Love that flower, so beautiful...can't wait for my oxide inks to arrive...I'll need lessons. Love the acetate on the front of the card to show the sentiment on the inside. Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and congrats on your win for one of the Top 3.