Floral Arrangement

I have a burst of colour and some sprinklings of sparkle to share today. I am enjoying the entries in the ‘Sparkle With Us‘ challenge but I would love to see more. There are still five days left to add your sparkly project to the gallery, just click over to see all the details.

I used some new and some older distress oxide inks to create my colourful background. My paper is hot pressed watercolour and my technique was pressing the oxide pad on a craft mat, spritzing with water then swiping my paper through the ink. I did this numerous times but always dried the panel between swipes, that way I was able to build up layers and pockets of colour. After I had added my last layer of oxide ink I put some diluted liquid metal (metallic sky) on my craft mat and swiped the panel through that; the result was some blue shimmer over the blue painted area.

To create my spray of flowers I used the Penny Black ‘floral arrangement’ die to cut three flower sprays from ‘parchment’ patterned vellum, one of the designs in the grafix assorted vellum pad. I snipped the die cut flowers to create a layered arrangement of small flowers and leaves. The die does cut a larger flower, but I didn’t use it on this card. I put all my die cuts in a box and splattered gold paint from the gansai tambi starry colors set over them. After they dried I attached the leaves and flowers on my panel and I added a drop of glue to some of the flowers and sprinkled gold micro beads onto the glue. I co-ordinated the sentiment with the beads by embossing it in gold. All the supplies are listed below.

Do you think I might be able to label this one mixed media?


Stamp: smile today

Die: floral arrangement

Inks: tattered rose, candied apple, blueprint sketch, fossilized amber distress oxide, versamark
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, parchment patterned vellum, neenah solar white
Paint: gansai tambi starry colors, metallic sky liquid metal

Also: On point glue, gold micro beads, gold embossing powder


11 Comments on “Floral Arrangement”

  1. Karen Jackson says:

    So different, so beautiful. I love the balance between the distress oxide layers of colour, and the purity of the blossoms. Gorgeous. Definitely mixed media. Well done.

  2. Anne says:

    Absolutely stunning! A gorgeous work of art! Pretty but elegant, I adore it!

  3. Char says:

    I just love this! You give me the best ideas of any card artist I follow. The techniques shown here will for sure be tried. Thank you!

  4. Pat says:

    This is a gorgeous inky background Heather and I adore the gold patterned vellum die cut flowers and the gold micro bead centres and the gold embossed sentiment complement them perfectly. x

  5. Clelie says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous!!! As a judge for the Paper Arts Dept. of our State Fair, your card does, indeed, fit the qualifications for ‘Mixed Media’. I love the micro bead flower centers and that parchment vellum is ethereal (especially with the gold flecks of paint!). ♥

  6. Cathy R says:

    Beautiful card Heather, definitely mixed media! Gorgeous design, Cathy x

  7. Glenna says:

    GASP!!! Oh my goodness…Heather this is stunning…absolutely stunning. So beautiful. Thank you for your step by step instructions…I’m anxous to give this technique a try. Thank you for sharing your gift of cardmaking.

  8. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous creation I love the background as well as the parchment flowers!

  9. Daria says:

    This is incredibly beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

  10. Wow stunning work dear 😀😀 So gorgeous x x

  11. Nicky says:

    Très jolie carte, merci d’avoir si bien expliqué! je suis toujours trop pressée et j’oublie de sécher entre les couches ! je vais donc recommencer et m’appliquer à suivre les étapes car j’ai toutes les fournitures mais jamais le bon résultat !

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