I chose this card as my inspiration from the gallery of this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper!
LIST: Colours (rainbow, white), Techniques (die cutting), Elements (flowers, leaves, die cut thanks sentiment, circle mat, photo corners)
INCLUDE: rainbow, white, die cutting, leaves, thanks theme
MODIFY: leaves only, in a (circle) wreath form,
EXCLUDE: flowers, photo corners
SPIN: square card
I love the feeling of spring's abundance of colour and life that was on this card, and I tried to capture it with a rainbow of leaves cut from some of my backgrounds, with a Pink Fresh Studio die. I finished with some gold accents and a bold black die cut sentiment.
In order to create all the multi-coloured diamonds I needed for this card, I ended up with some rainbow leftovers. I made two same-but-different cards with these, by popping up the rainbow die cuts and then adding a layer of white panels cut with another cover plate die.
I finished with die cut sentiments, and then put gems in each of the little 'holes'. This is a great way to use up those larger gems that might tear an envelope in the mail - this way they are directly on the card base, and protected by the popped up layers.
MODIFY: technique - gel plate/die cuts instead of stencils, thank you instead of love,
EXCLUDE: twine, fish tail rounded corners
I am always amazed at what happens when you blend primary colours and this card with its blended diamonds really caught my eye!
I created striped panels with my gel press and some shimmer plates, then cut them with the Catherine Pooler Cross your X's cover plate. I used the negative pieces to create the centre panel on this card, and made sure to mix up the colours for added interest.
I finished with a stacked up die cut from Avery Elle, and added small hearts cut from Inca gold cardstock, and some gems.
At the Card Maker Success Summit a couple of weeks ago, we met a whole lot of new card makers, so I'm thinking this is a great time to show how you can use basic cardmaking tools and skills to make cards that are anything but basic.
So I started to make a video sharing some ideas for using solid stamps in card making but it turned out to be over 16 minutes long, so I've split it into two more manageable videos and I'll share the next one next week.
MODIFY: blue instead of red, die cut instead of stamping, inkblending instead of watercolour, white splatter instead of white gel pen highlights
I love the loose watercolour look of Dina's flowers! The soft bleed of the colours onto the background is so pretty!
I have this coneflower die set from Honey Bee Stamps - it was one of those 'I MUST HAVE THIS' items at the time, but I haven't used it much after that initial honeymoon period. lol! I dug it out and blended ink onto just some of the layers. My blending was very patchy, in two colours of yellow for the centres (plus brown) and two colours (plus a yellow-green) for the flowers and leaf. I drew the stems with a black marker.
I spritzed water onto the flowers and leaves, and lifted some of the colour. Then I splattered white acrylic paint, navy ink and gold watercolour on the flowers and also onto a panel of white cardstock and navy cardstock. I cut a narrow frame from the navy cardstock to go around the white panel.
Today's video is less about card making and more about all sorts of fun (and funny!) issues we face in the craft room. I hope you'll comment and let me know your thoughts on these topics and any you think I missed.....