Friday, May 01, 2015

Bloom with Hope


Hi everyone.  I made a card today inspired by three challenges.  First the beautiful card done by Chrissie Stokes for Muse # 115.  I just love her watercoloured images and the bold and vibrant colours on the black background.  The other inspiration was the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #121, and I'm just squeaking in under the wire for the Less Is More Challenge #221 - Add a Tag.




I experimented a few days ago with a new-to-me technique (faux glass technique) after seeing this beautiful card done by Cathy (Cathys Card Spot).  I followed her link to the video tutorial by Sandy Allnock.  I had fun creating the background with three shades of red watercolours and some Brilliant Gold Pearl Ex dissolved in water.  I definitely need some practice with this technique as my colours didn't turned out very bright, but it was fun to play. :)

I cut out the piece described above with a tag die and then stamped over top with three blooms and heat embossed it in gold, along with embossing the sentiment in gold too.  And I took some more pearl ex and water and splattered that background of the tag.  I stamped the background of the card base with one of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge and heat embossed it in gold as well.








Stamps:  Bloom with Hope (SU!); Gorgeous Grunge (SU!); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Black (SU!); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Stitched Tag Die (Paper Smooches), Watercolour paints, paint brushes, Brilliant Gold Mica Powder (Pearl Ex), gold embossing powder (hero arts), heat tool, gold cording

Challenges:
Muse #115 - Chrissie Stokes
CAS(E) this Sketch! #121
Less Is More #221 - Tag

28 comments:

Chrissie said...

Loll, what a wonderful take on both challenges at Muse and LIM. This is completely stunning! I just love the drama of the red tag on the balck card base.
Yummy
Chrissie xx

Bonnie said...

How rich and elegant this looks, Loll! Another fantastic technique to try.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous as always Loll! I love those rich colors

Linda said...

This is simply stunning Loll ..... I love the red on the black, very dramatic! Linda xx

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Loll, isn't the technique fun! The red black and gold look fantastic together, Cathy x

Monika Reeck said...

Oh Loll
clever combo of challenge
and I love red black and gold
and your tag is so sweet and beautiful
love the splatter of gold too Loll
in one word ADORABLE CARD
I see your card at MUSE challenge and want to visiting you to leave you some love
hope you like to do the same
hugs, Monika

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Eye-poppingly, jaw-droppingly stunning Lol.
Love it and a superb Muse on Chrissie's card.
Sarah x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Lovely gold falling ~ Beautiful inspired card

Bobby said...

Gorgeously elegant, Loll. You've replicated the feel of Chrissie's card perfectly.

Deepti said...

Gorgeous ! Way to rock the Muse :)

Lee-Anne said...

Stunning with a capital "S"! Wow! So striking...what an awesome CASE!

Brenda said...

What a gorgeous card Loll! I love your take on Chrissie's card! I will have to go watch Sandy's video to see how this was made. I love the gold speckles with that red, just so beautiful! Hugs, Brenda

Anonymous said...

Perfect combination of the challenges, Loll! I love it!

sandie said...

I see we both had the gold splatter idea, doesn't it look great on black. The richness of your tag is stunning. I must try red and gold flowers. Have a good weekend x

Neets B said...

Absolutely beautiful, Loll. This is so rich and stunning and the gold splatters on the black really add the perfect touch.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More GD

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Very cool card, Loll! Beautifully crafted. Xx

Maura R said...

Loll, I just LOVE this dramatic card - I just pinned the faux glass technique video to explore later, thanks again for the inspiration. This is an awesome response the the MUSE inspiration.

Susan said...

Gorgeous card - love the tag and the gold on the cardbase.

Margaret said...

Love them dramatic effect you created - great take on Chrissie's card.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love it - reducing the scale of the busy red panel leaves lots of room for the dramatic black! So glad you joined us at Muse this week, Loll!

Barb Ghig said...

Stunning card, Loll! Your blooms are amazing with this technique and the splatters look really cool against the black background! You did such a great job combining these challenges, too...Love this card!

Gail Townsend said...

Gorgeous card, love the right panel on the black card. Gail xx

Deborah Frings said...

Fabulous! I love the layout and the tag really pops off the black!

Pam said...

This is incredibly gorgeous. Love the gold splatters you added.

Leigh Penner said...

Gorgeous! I love the gold! Fabulous take on the sketch!

Anita in France said...

So striking, Loll ... the rich red with the luscious gold is just gorgeous! Anita :)

Pat said...

I love the gold embossing on that prettily coloured red background and quite dramatic on the black card with the gold spatters Loll. x

cm said...

The red/gold tag is stunning, and set atop the black panel...oh my! Dramatic and striking!
Hugs~c