Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Lilies and Leaves

Today is the Sketch Challenge (SC349) from SCS.  I love this one!!  I can see myself using this layout over and over again ... so much fun!  I don't know about you, but when I make a card, lots of times I end up with an embellishment or background paper that's just not quite right for the card I'm making at the time.  There's nothing wrong with it, maybe it's just the wrong shade of color or not the right size ... so I have a large Ziploc box that I shove these things into with the intention of using them on another card.  Well, I rarely go back to the box and pick out things to use.  I just seem to keep adding to it and now, it's full.  So I challenged myself to use SOMETHING from that box.  Back in April, I made a Stargazer Lily card.  Usually when I'm embossing images, I make a couple of extra ones.  Sometimes things can go wrong and you need an extra image and I don't want to have to drag out my embossing powders, heat tool and then have to clean up afterwards again  - so it's really a case of laziness :)  When I made the card in April, I made two extra lily images and I used them for the card today - perfect!  The card below is made with all SU! products.   Hope you like.

"Lilies and Leaves"

Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Precious Butterflies (SU!)
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, VersaMark; Stampin' Write marker: Rose Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  white embossing powder, heat tool, Sizzix "Little Leaves" die-cut, Sizzix "Square Lattice" embossing folder, Big Shot, sticky strips, adhesives and dimensionals

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The lilies where made as follows:  on Whisper White cardstock, I stamped two lilies with VersaMark ink and embossed in white.  I colored in the stem and stamens with a Rose Red Stampin' Write marker .  I sponged the lilies with Pretty in Pink ink and then using a small eye make-up sponge, added Rose Red ink to the centers of each petal.  I used the Rose Red Stampin' Write marker (thick end) to add dots to each petal.  I then cut the flowers out and set aside.

For the background:  on Whisper White cardstock, I randomly sponged Certainly Celery, Old Olive and a little Always Artichoke ink.  I went over the piece again with Certainly Celery to blend the inks.  I cut off a 7/8" x 4 7/8" strip to be used for the sentiment which was stamped in Always Artichoke ink.  I ran a scrap piece of cardstock through my Big Shot with the Sizzix Little Leaves die-cut.  I used this as a stencil and sponged it several times on the background paper
I ran a large piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder and then cut to size.

I mounted all the pieces as shown in the picture above, popping up the lilies with dimensionals to add depth.

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