Isn't it strange how stamps work out some times. Out of this Lawn Fawn set, I really thought the one stamp I would not use was the "corner" one. But guess what? I used it already!
The yellows and greens are so fresh - just like spring. I hadn't planned on the butterflies as I wanted a more CAS card, but I make a smidge on the left. So stamped some Hero Arts butterflies and made the flight paths with a pen.
It was only as I was writing this post in the airport lounge that I realised I had forgotten to put some splashes on my background. Had wanted to use the Tumbled Glass which I had also used for the sponging. Oh well, I'm off to Africa so I won't be posting in the next few weeks.
My Distress Crayons arrived today ... and had to give them a quick try. Started by drawing a square and smooshing it with my finger. Oh My! Is that smooth or what ?! What amazing texture. I wanted to just keep on playing with them. And then to mix things up a bit, I used a Copic C1 to make some shadows on the squares and leaves.
I drew on the edge of strip of cardstock and smooched again so I would have exact matching paper for the border.
New stamps too ... the Roses for You set from Simon Says Stamp. And as I put my stamps in the Pockets and make my own labelling cardboard, I cut up the card that comes with the stamps. The grey zigzag can be used in so many ways as it is so subtle. I painted the leaves by putting a wet paintbrush directly to the crayon to get the colour.
The Hero Arts Flickr Group had Card Scramble #128 this weekend. Barb had the theme of Angles. Although I had the arrow background stamp for a while now, I've never used it. I stamped it on 3 colours of blue and turquoise and embossed with Liquid Platinum. Arrows have angles ... and I cut up the background and set the arrows at an angle too.
Here is an angled shot to try and catch that lovely embossed colour.
A lot of us spend time pinning from blogs, or pinterest itself. And what do we do with all those things pins on our many boards? (I have over 6,500 pins on 103 boards!) So this week I decided it was time to make a card or two that I have pinned.
I'm a fan of butterflies and rainbows, so Francine Vuilleme's card was pure happiness for me. I didn't have the same butterfly die or sentiment, but I dug in my stash to see what could do the job. I used Distress inks to do the watercolouring.
Next, it was Cindy Gilfillan's delightfully offset scene with soft sponged clouds that took my eye. Plus it was a one-layer card. Again, I didn't have the same supplies, but looked to see what would match the design and effect. I think she repeated the use of one flower stamp, but I used one floral silhouette stamp and a tiny butterfly.
I have rather a lot of Heather Telford's cards pinned and although I don't think I'll ever get to her level of artistic finish, it's always a good challenge to try new things. Heather's shades of green card was so soft, layered and lovely. I wanted to keep mine one layer, but using the leaves I had, I think it lacks a little something. I think the fern leaves are too busy for the delicate white embossed ones.
Do you ever create cards inspired from cards that you've pinned?