Friday 22 January 2016

Textured Friends & Flowers

There were a couple of stamp sets in the Occasions Catalogue that I loved at first sight and thought "I MUST get that" but then, for some reason, I haven't used!  I think, once they were in my hand, I was having trouble visualising how I would use them.

So, I decided that today was the day that I had to overcome this mental block, no matter what!
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Timeless Textures combined with a flower from Friends and Flowers.  The leaf is from the Botanical Blooms bundle.
While making this card, I had an interesting experience with colours.  The finished card is Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride, however .....  
.... it didn't start out that way!
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The inside of the card
I stamped the floral images from Friends and Flowers onto Blushing Bride cardstock with Rich Razzleberry ink! I punched out the petals with the Festive Flower Builder punch and then blended over the stamping with some Blushing Bride ink to soften the look a little.
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How it looks propped up on display. Greeting from Wetlands stamp set

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A bit too much dimension for the postal system!
Having curled the petals slightly and assembled the flower, I then decided to give it some strength (and I didn't mind about the shine) by painting the flower with some Crystal Effects and then went away to have some coffee while it dried.

When I returned - my Rich Razzleberry flower had transformed into Cherry Cobbler!

From now on I should be able to use Friends and Flowers and Timeless Textures as much as they deserve - because they're both beautiful and versatile sets!

However, I have created another little challenge for myself!

I was so concentrated on the creation that I didn't think about the practicalities!

I think this will have to be a hand-delivered card rather than one that goes through the mail system!

I can't go without acknowledging a very talented lady whose beautiful card gave me inspiration.  Her card is here.  Thank you Marika Rahtu.

'Til next time

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  1. Your card is absolutely beautiful. Such a beautiful bloom and the window effect is so clever as well. Thank you so much for letting me know, it is always such a pleasure to see a card that was inspired by my work. Thanks for making my day! Hopefully your day is beautiful and please, send us some sunshine and warmth!! :)

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment here - I'm very grateful! Sadly the sun isn't showing itself today (looks like we're to have some rain), so I can't send any your way! You may have to stick to heaters and fire-places but have a great day yourself.