Basic Labels, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Simon Says Stamp, Stenciled Cards, Summer, Summer Flowers, The Ton, Thinking of You, Tim Holtz

Stenciled Summer Flowers

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to use a stencil in a card so I got on the bandwagon and created this!  The stencil I chose is one I drew and cut a couple years ago and I think it makes a nice backdrop for these blossoms from Summer Flowers!  On a white card base, I began by taping down my stencil, then with sponge daubers and distress oxide inks in Walnut, Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber, I filled in the spaces.  The Broken China blue (distress oxide ink) speckles were made with a very old Stampin Up texture stamp!  
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I set that aside and pulled out a piece of special marker paper and stamped the images from Summer Flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then began to color with my new Copic markers.  My colors are still limited but I have enough for flowers!  
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After coloring, I added more texture by dotting on some black Nuvo Drops.  Next, I fussy-cut the blossoms and leaves, cutting out some of the petals and curling the leaves a tad so I could stand them up a little for a more realistic appearance.  I then arranged them on top of the stenciled design, gluing the pieces down with Tacky Glue.  I stamped Thinking of You (The Ton’s Basic Labels) with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of white, cut it out and mounted it with a bit of foam tape.  I wasn’t sure how this would come together but I’m quite happy with it!  
Kuretake, Summer Flowers, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Summer Flowers



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Well, whaddya know?  It’s Saturday and I’m still in my jammies!  The sun is shining here in Vermont but it’s cold and windy; a great day to be in my stamp room!  I had Simon Says Stamp‘s Summer Flowers set out to make my tropical flower card and decided to use just the leaf stamp!  It’s funny how I’ll start a card with NO idea where it’s going, and each step brings me closer to something great!  I began by stamping the leaf all over a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper (cut to A2 size) using gold pigment ink and then heat embossed with gold powder.  I knew I’d be using a bright green for the leaves, so just spontaneously grabbed one of my darkest blue Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and began to lightly lay down color between a few of the images.  I moved the color with a water brush, doing small sections at a time and love how the color is almost dimensional!


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I then colored the leaves, using three shades of green and when it was dry, I spattered some gold craft paint onto it.  I adhered the panel to a white layer, then the green card base.  Using my trusty Gina Marie Stitched Oval dies, I cut a smallish oval, another slightly larger in green, and stamped the sentiment in gold.  I sponged dark blue ink around the edges, attached the ovals together then cut another oval from fun foam to mount it up.  Finally, I added an extra leaf with foam tape.  I think the green really pops against that dark background, don’t you?  🙂





Bouquet of Thanks, Florals, Kaleidoscope of Leaves, Kuretake, Summer Flowers, Water Colored Cards

More Kaleidoscope of Leaves!

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A cold winter-y weekend in Vermont had me dreaming of a tropical vacation and sunshine!  It also meant staying inside and making cards!  I’ve had this Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves background stamp for a few weeks but haven’t used it till now!  It was so fun to color in the details with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, starting with the blue, then adding orange and green.  I left some white for the contrast.  After coloring, I trimmed the panel down enough to add the gold and white layers behind it.
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I stamped and embossed in gold the beautiful blossom and stem from Simon Says Stamp’s Summer Flowers set onto a die-cut piece of card stock using Gina Marie Designs Stitched  Rectangle dies.  I colored the image with Zig Clean Color Brush markers then gold-embossed the Hello sentiment which is from SSS’s Bouquet of Thanks set.  I die-cut another rectangle of fun foam to lift the floral image, mounted it to the background and used a bright aqua base card to complete my design!  My little piece of tropical paradise!