Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Thank You Very Much

Hi everyone.  Today sharing a card that is not the norm for me.  I don't usually use soft colours like these, but I'm really happy how it turned out.  I started with the die-cut sentiment.  Cut it several times and stacked them with glue.  The top layer has a soft wash of Cracked Pistachio on top.  I rarely use this colour ... not sure why ... it's really beautiful!

I thought the shape of this beautiful orchid was perfect for snuggling up to the sentiment. It's heat embossed in silver and watercoloured using distress inks.  I kept the leaves and stems in the same cracked pistachio, so wanted something soft to go with it.  Here's where I ended up making my own colour.  I started with a first layer of Victorian Velvet, but it seemed dull against the green, so I layered Worn Lipstick on top, which added a bit of brightness.  Squeezed Lemonade was used for the center of the flowers, which also added brightness.

Here's a close-up ...
This card was made for the fun of creating with no challenges in mind.  I've had both the die and the stamp for a while and it's my first time using them. :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!






Stamps:  Happy Together (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card stock card base and die-cuts (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media card front (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Cracked Pistachio, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  So Many Thanks die (Penny Black), silver embossing powder, heat tool, water brush


33 comments:

Julie B said...

This is so soft and pretty Loll. :)

Aquarius said...

Loving the delicate colouring here

Marcia HIll said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Loll and isn't it fun just to play with no challenges once in awhile?!! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

Patti said...

WOW!! this beautiful card makes me swoon!! I love the colors and the metallic embossing you used! Brilliant Loll!

Mac Mable said...

The colours are soft and so very beautiful Loll. Love the layering of the die cut and how you used the same colour for the leaves, stem and sentiment. Your home made colour for the flowers looks absolutely perfect. Such a stunning card x

Jan said...

STUNNING!!!

Susan said...

Hi Loll Susan here from the Lake District UK, we have had a rare heavy snow fall today so seeing your beautiful card made me feel as if spring is on its way you have done the flower in such lovely colours, keep them coming I look so forward to your email cards.

HJ said...

WOW! Loll, this is a stunning card. Love the soft colors and the sentiment die. Have a great day!

Maria said...

So very beautiful! Love the soft colors! A very pretty sentiment die, too!

Bonnie said...

I love the soft colors and how the orchid hugs the sentiment! Exquisite!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Gorgeous Loll and no particular reason is good reason to create!
Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

Barb Ghig said...

I forget about Cracked Pistachio too and it looks beautiful with the blend of pinks that you chose for the flowers! LOVE this sentiment and your silver embossing is just perfect! Such a pretty card, Loll!

Papercraft Boutique said...

It's so interesting see that this card is still YOU even though you used those soft colors you don't usually use.
I love the very soft and elegant look and the colors of the flowers you layered. The layout of the orchid and the die-cut sentiment is just perfect - coming full circle.
It's sometimes nice to indulge yourself and create with no challenges in mind, isn't it?
Hideko xx

Christine Alexander said...

the soft colours are beautiful Loll, and yes the flower fits the sentiment perfectly :)

Nancy Stislow said...

What an incredibly beautiful color combination giving it such a dreamy quality. Beautiful work on your watercoloring too. I absolutely love the die cut sentiment!

TK said...

Wow, this is soooo beautiful! Soft colors or not, you worked wonders with them!

nancy littrell said...

Aaahhh...your die cut sentiment and orchids are so beautifully and softly colored, Loll. I love your CAS design, silver heat embossed flowers and stacked die cut sentiment. How fun to play without a challenge in mind. TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Linda said...

This is so soft and delicate, and the colours are just perfect xx

Jeanne said...

Lovely card, Loll and I'm glad you got a chance to just play! Not that working for challenges is hard for you, but sometimes you just need time to play to replenish yourself. And how wonderful that this beauty is the result. I like the color in the sentiment/leaves. And I really like how the image curves around and snuggles up to your sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Sue said...

Beautiful card, Loll, the combination of the soft image and colours is lovely.

HilaryJane said...

A superb card, cracked pistachio is one of my favourite colours. I bet it will become one of yours too now you have tried it. xx

Trina P. said...

Yes, very soft and pretty, Loll. Your watercolouring is beautiful. Matching the colour of the stem to the sentiment ties it together perfectly. Don’t know why I thought I’ve seen you do soft color palettes before(?)... must be losing it. 😂

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! STUNNING
Faith

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a stunning card Loll! But what is new there, you only do stunning. lol I love cracked pistachio, it is a beautiful color but what got me is your mixing of inks lately that create such beautiful colors. I love the color you got using victorian velvet and worn lipstick! The squeezed lemonade finished these beautiful orchids off perfectly. Love that image by the way! Hugs, Brenda

Susan said...

Love those soft delicate colours - they really say "spring" to me, especially that fresh pastel green! Also love the way the flowers and leaves wrap around the sentiment.

Bobby said...

You do soft colors beautifully, Loll. The sentiment would not have worked as well without the stacking. It really stands out without overpowering the lovely orchid.

Robyn Oliver said...

This card is so beautiful Loll, love the the soft colours and the silver embossed orchid, and perfectly watercoloured set behind that amazing sentiment .. just love it

JosieD said...

Such an interesting design...love the larger die with the smaller stamped image. As always, beautiful coloring. Thanks for the deets on how to get this look.

Pat said...

This is beautiful Loll and the softer tones go together so well, and I love the silver embossing on the flower, and the green stacked up sentiment has great dimension. A wonderful card! x

Darnell said...

This is breathtaking, Lolly! I love pastels and how you nestled your orchid against that really awesome dimensional sediment! The silver embossing and pink with mint are mwah!! Hugs, Dolly

Anita in France said...

Simply beautiful, Loll ... love how you've snuggled that lovely bloom against the softly coloured, dimensional sentiment ... wow! Hugs, Anita :)

Jo Manna said...

Simply Stunning :O I too loved the use of cracked pistachio as the compliment to those special orchids. The silver heat embossing really brings in a special element, respecting the softness of this truly beautiful card. Always fun adventuring into new approaches. Love this one xx

Ina G said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love the die matching the lovely soft green leaves. Beautiful stamp and perfect colour choice. The yellow centres makes it perfect.