I was tidying my computer desk the other day, working my way down to the bottom of a pile of crafty bits that had ended up balanced on the corner, when I came across a stamp set I’d been lucky enough to win in one of Kathy Racoosin‘s colouring giveaways over on Instagram.
Rather than just file it away in the box of “stuff I haven’t used yet”, I decided to sit down and create a card with it.
Flower images like this lend themselves nicely to heat embossing (with a fine powder) and being coloured with watercolour or, in this case, Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
My original plan was to have the central group of flowers heat embossed in gold and coloured, with the partial images simply heat embossed in silver pearl at the top and bottom, leaving the background white. That started off well but only lasted as long as it took me to smudge a bit of the green from a leaf onto the background…
There was no way I was going to be able to get a smooth coloured finish so I didn’t even try. I scribbled the lightest blue over the whole of the background until it looked equally scribbly all over and I have to say, I do rather like the effect. To avoid any further accidents, I sealed the colouring with Distress glaze.
For the most part, unless I’m making a card for a specific event, I’m not bothering with sentiments. I can always add one later if I think it needs it, but this design works nicely without one. So all it needed to finish it off was to be trimmed down a little and mounted onto a card base leaving a narrow border down the two sides.
Gina K – you make me smile
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers – 021 light carmine, 025 pink, 200 sugared almond pink, 040 green, 047 may green, 052 bright yellow, 302 haze blue
- embossing powder:
Wow! super fine – metallic gold rich pale
Wow! regular – silver pearl
- paper and card:
Strathmore Bristol smooth 300
Hunkydory Adorable Scorable
Tim Holtz Distress micro glaze