I’m back from a fabulous week at the beach with my female family members. We look forward to this trip all year! We lounged on the beach and by the pool, ate meals together, chatted and played games late into the night — and more. The youngest generation was already making plans for next year as we said our goodbyes. I think it’s great that as we have kids headed off to college that they still want to come and spend time together with everyone. I like that they want to be part of family rather than thinking they’re too grown up for family.
After not creating for a few days, I decided the best way to jump start things was to choose a challenge.
I’ve combined You’ve Got This with GDP045.
They are using a color combo this week:
I’ve been playing a lot with black and white with a pop of color the last couple of months. So using this color challenge and adding Smoky Slate into the mix seemed like just the thing to get me back into a regular creative groove.
I’ve used a Basic Black cardstock base measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ that has been scored down the center.
Next is a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Melon Mambo layer that has been put on kind of cattywampus so that you get the peeks of Melon Mambo rather than a frame.
The Whisper White layer measures 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. The background image was inked in Smoky Slate and lightly stamped off before stamping on the Whisper White. Then, the flower from You’ve Got This was inked in Basic Black and stamped over the background image.
Next, I stamped the flower again on a separate piece of Whisper White. It was also inked in Basic Black. This ink was perfect since it is permanent and I was planning to watercolor. That means it doesn’t bleed.
Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I traced the areas where petals touched and the inside of the stamens with a thin line of glue. The dried glue acts as a resist. I think it helps make the watercoloring easier — it’s kind of cheating.
To watercolor the petals I used an Aqua Painter and a little Melon Mambo ink squeezed from the inkpad onto the lid. I choose to pick up ink and put it down where the dark spots are. As the color on the brush lightens, I add that where I want the lighter color. Then, just repeat as necessary to finish the coloring.
The flower was cut out by hand. Then, it was turned over and placed on my Stampin’ Pierce Mat. I used the blunt end of the Paper Piercing tool to gently shape the very bottom row of petals. I placed Dimensionals in the concave areas created by the shaping. The top of the flower is glued directly to the focal layer while the bottom of the flower is raised with the Dimensionals. This adds a little more to the sense of perspective that exists in the basic flower design.
The Whisper White focal layer was centered over the card base. And the card was finished by adding a strip of Pop of Pink designer paper followed by a strip of Pop of Pink washi.
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