Hello dear friends! I usually start off my blog with a short personal note. While I am excited that we are finally heading towards spring here in Texas, there really is only so much that you can say about that. So…I looked up the calendar for National Celebration Days. Today is Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. Yeah…I’ve got nothing! (LOL) I have a fairly simple, mostly one layer, card to share with you today. So let’s just dive right in!
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I started with the beautiful Spring Blossoms Stamp Set. I wasn’t sure what medium I was going to use so I stamped with Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink onto #80 Neenah Solar Crest cardstock. I stamped the bottom two blossoms and started masking. While I normally use Inkadinkado Masking Paper, I couldn’t find it. Rather than send out a search party, I grabbed some full adhesive sticky notes. They work well if your images aren’t too large. I continued masking and stamping more flowers and leaves. The MISTI Corners Set is wonderful for allowing you to stamp off the page and still use your MISTI.
I settled on filling in the leaves with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink, and the flowers Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink, using Finger Daubers. To add some shadow and depth I pulled out my Prismacolor Color Pencils. The colors I used were:
907 Peacock Green
909 Grass Green
913 Spring Green
988 Marine Green
992 Light Aqua
1007 Imperial Violet
I went back over all the stamped lines with a Copic 0.3 Multiliner to darken them. It still needed something so I added white dots to the stamens using an 05 White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen.
For the sentiment, I used the Thanks and Giving Stamp Set. There are a lot of combinations to choose from to form a custom greeting. I used Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts White Detail Powder, using an anti static powder tool first to avoid stray white powder.
I cut three sets of Thank and Ful from the coordinating Thanks and Giving Die Set. They were stacked and glued. A Tim Holtz Die Pick is really useful for getting them out of the die safely, when whacking them on the table doesn’t work!! Yes, I do that. I know that you do too!
I debated adding color to the background, but I really like leaving some white space. It gives the eye a place to rest. I added the card panel to a piece of black cardstock, to tie in the black sentiments. The pops of black and white throughout the card help to bring the colors to life. This one layer (ish) card will be easy to send to a friend!
Joyfully, Jo Ann
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