Saturday, March 8, 2008

Flower Trio

I did another multi-challenge card today (or should I say cards!) I started out wanting to do the debossing challenge from SCS's Try a New Technique 158, and also wanted to do Jen's Limited Supply Challenge 158. It was so easy to combine the two. Then, when I had them finished, I realized that they also would work for the Arty Girlz challenge -- SPRING!!
I started out with some cardstock weighted vellum and stamped my Megenta image using StazOn black. The image is actually one stamp, but I cut them apart to make the mini cards (Jen's challenge was perfect for this). Once the ink was dry, I turned it upside down and "scratched" the vellum using my stylus. It makes white lines in the vellum and, although hard to tell in the photo, looks cool in real life. I decided that I didn't want to color in the actual flowers but decided to add color to the square behind the flower images. To color vellum, you can use oil pastels and some kind of oil, like baby oil. since I don't have any paper oil, I use my Japanese Mint Oil. Let me tell you these cards smell great (the smell dissapates over time so not to worry). You just blend in the pastels with a q-tip soaked in a bit of the oil (not much is needed).
Then, I simply matched the background colors to the cardstock and gingham prints. I mounted the images on white so the colored areas and de-bossed areas would be obvious! And added a sentiment. You should check out the little "bling" on the yellow card. It is a teeny tiny flower gem by Heidi Swapp! Can't believe I just bought them 2 days ago and actually put one on a card. I usually hoard such items for a while before using them :-)
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your weekend!


catt871 said...

Wow! So pretty!!!! I love that gingham paper!!!!

Seleise said...

I love gingham and the bling is the perfect finishing touch to your cards. Great job on the challenges!

Kelly S said...

Very nice job! I love the bling on all the cards! I am totally like you though, I love to hoard, hate to use the stuff I really love.

Breezy said...

Pretty and so springy!