I attended the wedding of one of our school’s violin teachers today. I knew I needed to make a card this morning before I went and it just so happened that the Less is More challenge provided the right inspiration. I planned to use a music motif anyway but the colour scheme and layout of the Less is More blog header helped me complete the rest of my design. I had no idea what the colour scheme of the wedding was but my card reflects the colours of the invitation: classic black & white with a touch of beige. The sentiment panel matted in black is popped up on dimensionals as is the square music and floral panel.
The bride looked beautiful in ivory lace, as did the maid of honor in burgundy and gorgeous flower girl in ivory with a burgundy sash.
I received a delightful surprise when I opened my email yesterday and saw that I had been chosen as the “Featured Stamper” on Splitcoast Stampers. I had a quick browse through the CASEs of my cards which stampers had already put in the gallery, but had to head out for most of the day. Straight after church our family drove down town to enjoy the 30th Anniversary Concert of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, which my daughter plays in. After the concert I was able to catch up on all the other cards which had been added to the gallery during the day. I found it intriguing which cards people chose to CASE. My gallery has over 300 cards in it and some stampers found inspiration from very early creations I had almost forgotten I’d made. There were a few favourites too which popped up several times.
Thank you to those of you who participated by CASing cards from my gallery; I felt very honoured and touched by the lovely comments.
I will not leave you without a card. This is one I made for my daughter’s violin teacher who lost a dear friend and fellow musician to a brain tumour recently. The inspiration for the card came from a beautiful (and more complex) card by Julia Stainton.
I definitely wanted the watercolour effect so I used Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper and wet it completely with a sponge before stamping the flowers and leaves from the transparent set, Flowers Sweet. Some flowers were stamped more than once in gradually darker colours, sometimes dampening the paper in between impressions so the ink would continue to blend. I used the Memento dye inks from Tsukineko which bleed and blend beautifully on damp watercolour paper. I finished if off with the music background, sentiment from Gratitude and some sponging around the edges before splitting the panel, matting it in Penny Black’s Mix & Match Grand Canyon paper and attaching to an ivory card base.
I have seen several beautiful cards lately which feature little squares or tiles lined up together so I decided to try the technique myself with a monochrome colour scheme. I was also trying for a bit of a vintage feel.
The three floral tiles were made using stamps from the transparent set “Flowers Sweet”. I also used the letter background and music background as well as a sentiment from the transparent “Gratitude” set.
After punching out the part of the stamped image I wanted I then sponged a little or a lot and matted the six tiles on a dark brown mat. The damask background was also stamped in the same rich cocoa ink but I stamped it off a few times on scrap paper so I would get a muted shade. The background image is also matted and then mounted on the ivory cardbase. Five layers in all which is a little bit of a departure from my usual one or two layers!
Stamps: Flowers Sweet, Damask Pattern, Letter Background, Music Background, Gratitude (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Sticks & Stones, Ivory
Spring has definitely sprung here and on the Penny Black blog; there are two weeks of spring inspired projects to enjoy if you pop over there. The tulips are up in my garden but not blooming yet, so here are a few in bloom. After deciding to leave the tulips as outlines I wanted to add something a little fancier to my card so I embossed the whole card front in clear embossing powder using the Penny Black Damask Pattern background stamp. I was quite happy with the subtle result, it really looks like…well, linen damask! The close up below gives you an idea.
The daisies below were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on a brayered panel and then coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. The stamps are from Flowers Sweet and the very useful sentiment set, Gratitude and the cardstock Fern Green Mix & Match papers
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