Saturday, April 07, 2012

Cherry Blossoms for you ...

Today I made a second card for yesterday's "Free For All" Challenge (F4A111 - Celebrate the Dragon - make an asian-themed card).  I was inspired by this card from the challenge gallery, posted yesterday by Lois (Clownmom on SCS).  I used the Marker Layering technique for the cherry blossoms.  Hope you like this CAS card.

"Cherry Blossoms for You" 

Stamps:  Embrace Life (SU!), For You (Rubber-Art Stamps)
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Basic Black, watercolor paper (SU!)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, StazOn black, Regal Rose, Rose Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big shot, Ornament punch, Crackle embossing paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, Grove branch die-cut (Memory Box), blender pen, Tombow glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge, glue dots, and dimensionals

I started by making the "vase" last night.  I punched out the ornament from Basic Black cardstock and trimmed off the bottom to make a vase shape.  I spread an even layer of crackle embossing paste on top using the palette knife ... or as even as I could get :)  I let it dry overnight - it probably only takes a couple of hours to set, but it was late so I decided to finish the card today.

Once the vase was dry, I sponged Soft Sued ink over top, adding more to the outer edges to darken them (I got a little carried away and got it too dark so I tried to remove some of the ink with the blender pen ... I guess the paste doesn't like whatever is in the blender pen, because it went a little white (right hand side of the vase).  Anyways, it just gives it more character, right??!! :)

I stamped a vine onto the vase with Always Artichoke ink (sorry, don't know the name of the stamp).  I went over the stamping with my Always Artichoke Stampin' Write marker to darken it.

I ran the branch die-cut through my Big Shot with Soft Suede cardstock, and then sponged more Soft Suede ink on top to darken the branch a little.  I trimmed the ends of the branch so that it was proportional to the vase and then glued the base of the branch to the front of my Sahara Sand card base.

I used the Cherry Blossoms from embrace life and stamped them in StazOn black onto watercolor paper.  Used the marker layering technique (click to see tutorial here) to color the blossoms in Regal Rose and Rose Red.  I cut out the blossoms.

I used rolled glue dots to attached the blossoms to the branch which gives them dimension.

I added the vase at the base of the branch, popping it up with dimensionals to add more depth.


Pam Sparks said...

Gorgeous Loll! Love how you used the ornament punch and it's over the top with the crackle finish! That new branch is perfect! Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your website not only because of the creative talent you display day after day but you so THOROUGHLY explain all that you do to create the card. I feel like I go to a "class" every time. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love your site also. you have such wonderful cards and I absolutely love that you are so kind as to share the details. I have made so many cards from your site. You are an inspiration for those of us who love papercrafting. Thank you so much!