I don’t know about you, but I struggle to create those adorable scene cards that are so popular these days. Obviously, I don’t have all of the stamps/dies that card makers use to create these complex scenes, but I certainly have enough to work with to make a simple scene. I decided to give it another try.
I started by making a very simple ink blended background using Broken China, Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides. For the clouds and sun, I pulled out my never used Gina Marie Designs nature set. I didn’t want the clouds to disappear in the sky, so I inked the edges with the Broken China Distress Oxide ink pad. To give the clouds a bit of dimension, I adhered one of the small clouds with foam tape.
My Favorite Things Doodle Blossoms stamp/die set has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I finally bought them and knew that they’d be perfect for this card. I stamped the flowers and one set of stem/leaves and colored them with Copic markers. To give the flowers a bit more detail, I used a white gel pen. For the other two stems/leaves, I used Paper Smooches Best Buds and Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever stamp sets. I attached the flower blossoms with foam tape to give the scene more dimension.
All that was left was the sentiment. Inspired by Stamping’s Magnolias stamp set had the perfect greeting. I heat embossed “Live Life in Full Bloom” with black embossing powder and called it done.
I hope you like it!
I’ve had this stamp set for quite a while now, and I thought that it was time to actually use it. It has such a lovely cluster of magnolia blossoms and some wonderful sentiments, too!
I started by gold heat embossing the flower image onto a 4×5.25″ piece of Distress Watercolor Card Stock (using my Tim Holtz Stamp Positioner made it very easy to get a good impression). Using Distress Oxides and a waterbrush, I painted the flowers and buds (Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap), leaves (Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint) and the background (Broken China). As you can see, all of the coloring is very, very soft. I really wanted the outlined images to be the highlight.
The greeting, from the same stamp set, was gold heat embossed on velum and folded under the watercolor piece so I could attach it. I chose a pearlized, textured green cardstock (I think it’s from Die Cuts With a View) as the card mat because I wanted the light blue watercolored background to stand out a bit. My last step is usually to add a few little sequins or Nuvo drops, but I really wanted the card to have a very, very soft, pastel feel, so I chose not to add anything else. All that was left was to adhere it to a Bazzill Alpaca top folding card base.
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Okay…My Version of Cherry Blossoms 🙂
Inspired by Stamping is a new-to-me stamp company, and I’m so glad I found them. I purchased the Cherry Blossoms stamp set recently, and I’ve been dying to use it on a card. I saw an Instagram post by Kathy Racoosin where she drew black horizontal stripes on her card base using a Copic marker. I knew that I wanted to give that a try, and since I love yellow and black together, I decided to make my cherry blossoms yellow. Crazy right?
Like I said, I drew the dark gray lines (Copic N10) on my card front first and put that aside. Using Bristol paper, I stamped several floral groupings and used Copics Y15, Y17 and YG63 to do very simple coloring. I cut out the stamped base for the floral piece and added individual petals with foam glue dots to give it dimension. I wanted the flowers to appear as if they were coming off of the card. All that was left was to add a greeting. I chose one from the same stamp set.
I was going to frame the card front with black card stock but decided against it. I truly wanted the flowers to be the focal point.
I hope you like it.
- Neenah Solar White 110# card stock
- Bristol paper
- Copic markers
- Memento Tuxedo Black ink