I had so much fun playing with my pigment powders for yesterday’s projects that I decided to make use of them again for this card for the Cupcake Inspirations challenge reminder. The theme is flowers with pearls or sequins. We’re also partnering with Double Trouble for this challenge, and they’ve provided a fun tic-tac-toe board to play with, which I didn’t use this time but did on my previous card which you can find here. You’re welcome to play along with both challenges.
I started by stamping one of the flowers from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus onto some watercolour card stock. I initially stamped with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink as I was thinking of doing no-line colouring, but later changed my mind and used Versafine Onyx Black ink instead. I was easily able to restamp it as I’d left the stamp in place in my MISTI. (Have you seen the new MISTI? I am kind of hoping my current one breaks so I can justify the replacement!)
Once I had the image stamped out I sprinkled some Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Sunray Crosette onto a paint palette and mixed with plenty of water. I then put some onto the flower and used an air puffer to spritz the paint around for a really fun and interesting effect. I got this idea from a video by Angie Blom. I let the paint dry, then repeated the process, this time with less dilute paint. I kept going until I was happy with the look I had achieved. I also added some splatter onto the panel.
Next I worked on painting the flower. I used the same Sunray Crosette paint that I had in my palette already to add detail, again working in layers. I also bought in a touch of Storm Cloud to add depth in certain places, and a little Green Parade for colouring the stem of the flower.
Taking inspiration from Amber Rain Davis I decided to try using a pencil and paper stump to add shading and dimension to the design. I think next time I would try going a bit more intense with it, but I do like the way it looks!
I then cut the panel out with one of the a Mama Elephant Lafayette Frame dies. I also cut a panel of black card stock and cut that with the same die. I adhered the watercolour panel onto the coordinating black die cut, then adhered the frame to the cardbase and inset the focal panel into it.
At this point I remembered I needed to sequins or pearls! I was planning on using pearls but I wasn’t happy with how they looked so I spent way too much time hunting through all my sequins trying to find something that looked right. I eventually found some sequins from an old Love From Lizi mix. Even after I found suitable sentiments I spent quite some time working out how to position them, including consulting with my team mates… But I got there in the end!
This was a really fun technique and I love how much shimmer the finished design has. It’s so pretty in real life. I do enjoy playing with different techniques and it’s always nice when they turn out well! I hope this inspires you to join in with our challenge. If you need more inspiration you can find it in the challenge post and reminder post, plus directly on the team’s blogs via the links below. We look forward to seeing your creations!
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Alphabet Challenge – G is for Glitter or Gems
Crafter’s Castle – Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge – Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Flowers with Sequins/Pearls
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – No Patterned Paper
Incy Wincy Designs – Curves
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
STAMPlorations Summer Challenge – Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)