It’s a good thing that I’m happy with this card, because I’d almost forgotten that it’s my turn to host at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge. I always feel like I have to do something extra special when I host..! This week our challenge is anything feminine goes, and we’re looking forward to seeing all your feminine makes.
I wanted to make something very elegant for my card. I decided to use the large flower stamp and one of the sentiments from Simon Says Stamp’s Sketched Flowers and heat emboss them directly onto my black card base. I used Love From Lizi Golden Crown embossing powder to do so.
Then I worked on painting the images. The black card is not watercolour paper so I had to be careful not to oversaturate it. I used the Starry Colour set of Gansai Tambi paints and made use of each of the colours on my image.
I used the Red Gold for the large flower in the centre of the cluster. I applied the paint to the areas that would be most shaded and them used clean water to help it spread across the petals. I worked one petal at a time until I was happy with how it looked.
I used the same techniques for the other flowers, just changing up the colours. I used Yellow Gold for open, pointy petalled flower and Blue Gold for the more tightly closed round flowers. The more open round flowers were painted with Champagne Gold. For the leaves I used Light Gold and finally I used the White Gold for the berries or buds.
I knew from the start that I wanted to add a frame to the card using Matte Gold Love From Lizi peel-offs. Initially I was thinking I would do a partial frame, as I had on a previous card which you can see here. I ended up deciding to do a frame on all four sides instead, though.
Adding the frame took some time as I wanted the flowers to appear to be in front of it. I achieved this look by placing the peel-offs into place, then using my craft knife to cut away the peel-offs where they overlapped the flowers or leaves. I made sure to make the cuts as close as possible to the lines of the image. Some of the areas were a bit fiddly, but the result was worth it. I used my T-square ruler to make sure none of the pieces had shifted too much out of place, adjusting the position with my reverse tweezers if needed.
I’m really happy with this card. The final design is elegant and really stands out. I’m glad I decided to add the frame on all edges as I think it really helps finish the card. If I’d had them I probably would have added a few gold Nuvo Drops too just for an extra something, but it works well enough without them anyway.
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
HCP Challenge – Anything Goes
HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes
STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – Anything CAS
The Flower Challenge – A Special Occasion
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – Anything Feminine Goes
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)