Hello lovely! Erica here with a bright, cheery card celebrating the arrival of summer.
As a flower lover and florist, I ADORE flower stamps of all kinds and the You’re So Ranunculus is just dreamy. It has a matching creative cut but if you know you want both the stamp and the coordinating die, you might as well grab the bundle. Just saying 🙂
For this card I wanted to try something different and not my usual A2 sized ones. I cut a piece of water colour card stock, Strathmore Bristol Vellum as always, in an 8″x4″ shape. The idea was to stamp the flowers along the bottom, much like a flower bed and then colour them with my Gansai Tambi 36 pack. I decided to heat emboss the flowers so I started out by sprinkling the card stock with my anti-static tool and then placed the stamp in my MISTI (because I’m utterly incapable of stamping anything without it since I got it a couple of years ago) The stamping and heat embossing I did in batches to make sure nothing overlapped as I didn’t bother with a mask for this card. Next time I think I will though, that means I can get all the stamping done and dusted in one go.
Once all the heat embossing was done I got the water colours out and got to work. I used mostly yellow for the flowers as I intend to send this card to a friend of mine and she loves yellow. I also blended in a little bit of orange to create a peach colour for some of the blooms and then finished off with a few pinkish ones. All the stems and leaves were coloured in with greens and then I added a fainter shade of the same green around the stems to fill in the gaps a little. I still thought it needed a little something else after that so I shaded the stems with a little more green and then added some little drops all around the flowers. This is one of my favourite ways of adding some interest to a panel without adding embellishments.
To finish off the card I used the word dies that comes with the coordinating die, ‘hello’ and ‘lovely’, which are lovely and flowy.
I cut them out in gold glitter card stock and added to the top of the panel at an angle. For the card base I used a Lawn Fawn card stock called Sunflower, it’s bright yellow and I thought it perfect to frame the card as I cut it just 1/4″ bigger than the panel itself. I adhered the panel to the card base using my beloved foam tape to raise it up a little bit, which is another favourite crafting trick of mine.
Here is the full card and that’s it from me for today.
Happy crafting and shopping from Erica