Since I started doing card challenges my card making process has mostly been to chose some challenges to work from, and build a card based around those challenges. Today I took a different approach. None of the challenges I was ‘meant’ to be doing were inspiring me, so I just started making the card I wanted to make, and once it was done worked out what challenges I could use it for. The challenges I settled on are Simon Says Stamp Monday‘s flora and/or fauna challenge (I did flora), CASology‘s art cue, and anything goes challenges from Craft Rocket, Dragonfly Dreams and A Bit More Time To Craft.
I actually made two versions of this image, one using purple and the other using orange. (You can see a picture of the orange one at the end of this post – I didn’t mount it on a card base yet.) In fact when I began making the card I was thinking I would have orange and purple on one card, with the purple blended in from one corner, the orange from the other, and white between them. I ended up not doing that though!
I started my sponging my Seedless Preserves Distress ink on white card, beginning with one corner and working my way across until the card was covered. Blending was a bit difficult but I didn’t want a smooth solid colour anyway so it worked out well enough in the end. I then took a damp piece of cotton wool and started sponging off some of the ink. My idea was it would give the impression of clouds. It didn’t really work so I sponged a bit more colour back over it.
Next I splattered water droplets from two different sizes of paintbrush. The smaller one didn’t seem to flick the water very well. I think maybe it was too small, as it is a very tiny brush. I let the water sit for a few moments then pressed some kitchen towel over it to pick the water off.
Before proceeding I let the panel dry. This was the point that I swapped to do the orange one, using Spiced Marmalade and the same technique. When I returned to my purple panel it was to stamp my tree. This is a new to me stamp which in fact arrived today. It’s by Stamperia and I think the name of it is just “Oak”. It’s a lovely, very detailed image. Anyway, I inked the stamp up with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (the only good black ink I have!) and stamped it relatively centrally on the panel. I then freehand cut a hill from black card to give the tree something to stand on. I stamped the bottom part of the stamp on that as well, then attached the hill to the image base, making sure the stamp lined up.
For a final touch I added a few dots of Wink of Stella at random across the background. It doesn’t really show up in the pictures, but it adds a nice hint of shine and sparkle to the card. (Incidentally that was also part of my order that arrived today!)
The last step was to adhere the panel to a card base. I folded one from some black card, after much dithering about what to use. I seem to be completely out of white card now which is… yeah… frustrating. I should buy some more, but I’m not sure what is good to get.
I’m really happy with how this turned out. It’s far from perfect and there are changes I would make if and when I make it again. I would probably use my MISTI (once I have it) to stamp the tree so that I can double stamp it and make sure the colour really takes. Additionally I would probably, given the option, use a different black ink, ideally one that doesn’t react with water, because I think the Memento reactivated the purple ink slightly. I might also stamp the tree off to one side and not centrally.
Another change I would make is adding a sentiment. I did consider adding one but I wanted to add it to the hill, and I don’t have any ink that would show up, nor do I have my embossing tool with me yet. I want to heat emboss a sentiment in white, because I think that would look fantastic. (I’ve seen it done on a lot of the cardmaking videos I’ve been watching and love how it looks!) And I think maybe using a stitched rectangle die to cut the entire panel and leave that pretty stitching all around the edge would be fabulous. Maybe a stitched hill die for the hill too – freehanding worked okay, but…
So, just a few changes…
Oh and as promised, here’s a picture of the orange one. I like the purple one more. What do you think?