Sunday, 19 March 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Special Guest: Rachel Tessman - Dragonfly Dreams

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Welcome to the Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Rachel Tessman - we are thrilled to have Rachel join us this month and so excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by her . 
Glitter window Detailed Dragonfly card featuring the Butterfly Basics stamp set (Tutorial Bundle Design Team February 2017 Blog Hop)…#stampyourartout - Stampin’ Up!® - Stamp Your Art Out! www.stampyourartout.com
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I spent a little bit of time looking through Rachel's blog posts and ended up with rather a long short list of projects - more of a long list than a short list!  Eventually though, this card sort of chose itself - let me explain!


A little white ago I made some watercolour backgrounds with dragonflies embossed on them.  I used the most successful one for this card and almost discarded the other because it came out looking so bland.  However, after a week of shuffling it around my desk, I decided that it could be rescued with some stamping and sponging .... and once I'd done that, I realised that my CASE for this blog hop had just chosen itself!
#crazycraftersbloghop, Dragonfly Dreams, Awesomely Artistic, Watercolour Background, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
Dragonfly Dreams & Awesomely Artistic in combination

To rescue my bland card, I took the following steps (spread over several days due to time restraints!):
  1. Stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink using the "splodges" from the stamp set and then spritzed with some water to let them blend into the background a little.
  2. Let the paper dry.
  3. Stamped the flowers with Cherry Cobbler ink
  4. Using Cherry Cobbler ink and an Aqua Painter, added ink between the flowers in the top right corner.
  5. Using Cherry Cobbler ink and an Aqua Painter, added shading around the dragonfly image
  6. Let the paper dry
  7. Using an almost dry brush and Cherry Cobbler ink, added colour to the centres of the flowers
  8. Sponged Cherry Cobbler ink around the edges, blending towards the centre.
I stamped the greeting and label elements onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock with Cherry Cobbler ink and cut it out with the matching die from the Project Life Cards & Labels framelits.

Then I adhered the ribbon to the back of the label and stuck it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

#crazycraftersbloghop, Dragonfly Dreams, Awesomely Artistic, Watercolour Background, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The rather bland watercolour background that was almost rejected

I think the main problem I had with the piece was that the gold dragonfly and the watercolour background were too similar in tone.  The Cherry Cobbler shading made a huge difference.
#crazycraftersbloghop, Dragonfly Dreams, Awesomely Artistic, Watercolour Background, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The dragonfly theme continues inside the card with the image from Awesomely Artistic


I hope you've enjoyed this card and I welcome your comments. 

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Stephanie



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34 comments:

  1. WOW. I love the watercolour background and what you have done to really make it pop. The colours in this card are amazing. xo

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  2. This is gorgeous Stephanie! So rich and opulent! xo

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    1. Thank you Gail! I got there in the end!

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  3. Oh WOW the cherry cobbler DID make all the difference Stephanie...This is STUNNING!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! - yes it sure did make a difference!

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  4. Oh yummy! Your card is so pretty!! And I love the story of how your card chose itself. ;) Thanks for participating in the hop Stephanie!!

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! It was such a pleasure to hop with you and CASE your work - you are so talented!

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  5. What a stunning card! I am so envious of your shading skills.

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    1. Thank you, Fiona, you're very kind. I'm sure you could do it as well, if not better! Maybe practice on scraps until you feel comfortable.

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  6. Love your colours Stephanie....it all works so beautifully together

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous Stephanie xx

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  8. What an exotic, rich looking card! Glad you persevered!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I'm glad I persevered too - sometimes there's such a small difference between flop and success.

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  9. Wow Stephanie, what a gorgeous card! You are right the Cherry Cobbler shading makes a huge difference.

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  10. WOW Stephanie such a gorgeous card the colour is so rich :) Thanks for sharing x

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  11. OMG I LOVE THIS! sorry for the caps but this is amazing! the stamping and shading is exquisite!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah, for your enthusiastic (& much appreciated) endorsement!

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  12. What an effective and vibrant card.

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  13. WOW! What a beauty, Stephanie! I love the flowers in the upper right hand corner...the way you colored in between the flowers and the centers is stunning. The rest of the card is gorgeous as well...but those flowers really tug at my heart. TFS

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    1. Thank you, RaeDeen! It evolved well in the end!

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  14. Nicely saved by creating depth using Cherry Cobbler! Great job Stephanie :)

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    1. Thank you, Jay! I was disappointed that a rescue was necessary - but it was a good lesson for me!

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  15. The luxury this card conjures in ones mind is incredible. It reminds me of the rich decor in china town of old. Smply beautiful

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    1. Thank you, Nadi! I can see what you mean!

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  16. Stunning, love your sponging, colour selection.... love it all!

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  17. This was a fabulous CASE blog hop! I enjoyed seeing everyone's creations even though I did not leave comments on each one. Looking forward to the next one!

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    1. That's so fantastic to hear, Carol! The next one will be on Sunday 2 April.

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