Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Single Coneflower

I didn't think I had time to participate in today's SCS sketch challenge ... but it turns out, I did!! :)

When Lili and Natasha came for a workshop last Sunday, I had made a few different colored cone flowers for the card we were going to make just so they could pick their favorite.  I decided I would use my "extra" flower for today's sketch.  It's a clean and simple card and only took a short time to make since my focal point (cone flower) was already done :)  Hope you like.

"Single Coneflower"
SCS Sketch 340:


Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Whimsical Words (SU!)
Paper:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Autumn Traditions Designer Series paper (retired) (SU!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Soft Suede, Rose Red, Versamark (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Corner rounder, white embossing powder, heat tool, Kaiser Pearl Brad, glue dots, Tombow glue, dimensionals
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I inked the flower with Soft Suede, Rose Red and Old Olive and stamped onto Crumb Cake cardstock and then cut the flower out.  I did a second stamping of just the petals and then cut them out.  I sponged around the edge of the flower and extra petals with Soft Suede to give the flower an aged look.  I used rolled up glue dots to layer the petals on top of the base flower to give them dimension.

I inked the sentiment with Versamark and white embossed using the heat tool.

I mounted all the pieces as shown in the picture above, popping up the main panel with dimensionals to give it depth. 

I'm prepping for my next workshop I'm holding this coming Saturday.  Haven't had the crafty girls over for a while so I'm very excited about them coming!!  We are doing a "Watercolor Spritz" class and I designed three cards back in May.  I always make the cards two or three times before a class, just to make sure everything will go as smoothly as possible once my "students" are here.  I like to be prepared!!  Anyways, I decided to ditch one of the original cards I was going to have them make and came up with a different card that will allow them to try two other techniques.  Along with Watercolor Spritz-ing the main image and sentiment, they will also create a wash in-behind using sponges and the Aqua Painter from SU!  So easy to do, but so effective as a backdrop to the main image.  And, they will be distressing embossed, patterned paper.  This is done by sponging ink over patterned paper, running it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder, and then sponging on top of the embossing to highlight it further.  This card is similar to one I made several months ago except I changed the layout and added a sentiment.  I think the crafty girls will like making this card.  Hope you like.

"Watercolor Tree"
Stamps:  Leafless Limb (Stampscapes); For You (Rubber-Art Stamps)
Paper:  Soft Suede, River Rock Polka-dot designer paper, watercolor paper
Ink:  Soft Suede, Old Olive, River Rock, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, mini mister, Cuttlebug "Birds & Swirls" embossing folder, sticky strips and dimensionals
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I randomly sponged the River Rock polka-dot designer paper with River Rock, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede ink.  I then ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.  I sponged Soft Suede ink over the embossing to highlight it, as well as along the edges.  I sponged the edges of the card base of Soft Suede cardstock with the same color ink and mounted the embossed background paper on top.

I lightly sponged bands of Old Olive, River Rock and Pumpkin Pie ink on the watercolor paper and used the Aqua Painter to add water and create a wash.  Once the paper was dry, I inked the tree stamp with Soft Suede and misted it about five times before stamping it on top of the "washed" watercolor paper.  It really looks like the tree was done by hand!  I ripped the main image to size and then sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink to add a distressed look.  I mounted it on a frame of Soft Suede cardstock (also sponged along the edges).

I repeated the same procedure as above for the sentiment, creating a wash with River Rock, inking the stamp with Soft Suede and only misting twice (otherwise the words will blur), stamping on the dried wash background, sponging the edges with Soft Suede and mounting on a frame of Soft Suede which has been sponged.

I mounted the main image onto the embossed background, popping it up with dimensionals to add depth and doing the same with the sentiment.

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