The last two days we've woken up to mornings that look much like this card...rainy and slightly subdued. Somehow, though, the light is fantastic - it makes the green leaves of my plants darker and richer and pop against the wet black soil in my garden. Perfect for picture taking!
Anyhow, back to my card. I'd decided to demonstrate Crystal Effects this month at my card class in a couple of different ways not knowing that this card would reflect the outdoors at the time so perfectly! After sponging and stamping I used small dots of Crystal Effects on the leaves to mimic the look of morning dew. It turned out so pretty and its a nice way to add a little dimension to your card front without the use of heavy or thick embellishments (which is great for mailing!)
Stamp sets: Peaceful Petals (retired), Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Always Artichoke
Ink: Hello Honey, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Basic Black
Accessories: Decorative Dots embossing folder, Sponges, Crystal Effects, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke markers, Multi-purpose Liquid adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals
If you are interested in how I did the background sponging here's a quick overview:
Stamp the leaf images with Early Espresso ink. Stamp them again on a sticky note, cut them out and lay them over top of the initial images to create a mask. Sponge Hello Honey onto the center of the cardstock, then Pear Pizazz along the edges of the Hello Honey spreading outward. Next, sponge a mixture of Old Olive and Always Artichoke, blending from the edges of the Pear Pizzaz to the outer edges of the cardstock. Add a small amount of Basic Black beneath each leaf to add shadow. Finish off by stamping the small dots image from the Gorgeous Grunge set over the entire piece with Always Artichoke ink. Remove the masks, color the leaf images with markers and add small dots of Crystal Effects to each leaf.
I've had a tiny chance to get to sit down and use a few of the new In Colors that came out in the catalogue released today and I'm loving them! I used Hello Honey on this card and love the richness of the color - I can't wait to get creating with them all! If you haven't had a chance to look at the new catalogue yet, I'll be posting a link in the left sidebar or you can go to the Stampin' Up! website to check it out. There are some amazing new products that I'm sure will have you inspired to create with!
Until next time...