Everyone is yelling it at their top of their voices here in Germany, and everywhere else where they might be lucky enough not to have anymore snow. There’s a great Spring coloured post by my friend Dalit over at her blog My Piece of Craft where she showcases some ways to decorate a Spring table with paper, cork, yarn… and highlight some delicious vegetarian recipes! Its in Hebrew but with google translate…and its really worth the visit.
Anyway back to me, I personally don’t mind Winter as I do prefer the cold to the heat! You might think thats strange coming from a tropical country like Singapore, but I realise that most people I meet who come from colder countries love the heat and those that come from warmer climates prefer the cold! And when its cold and rainy, I have an excuse to stay in and craft, instead of feeling guilty I should be outside enjoying the beautiful day instead.
I do love all the Spring flowers that are popping up in my garden though, especially when I don’t have to do anything for them! I don’t trim them, replant or even water them, yet those tulips and narcissus and other flowers I don’t know the names of, seem to actually double their production each Spring. And so influenced by them that I have been doubling my production of flower cards! If you’ve noticed, my last few cards all have flowers…and gold panels on them. I’m crazy about using gold strips at the moment but I think this will be my last one for awhile, as I just finished cannibalising the gold card I was using as panels for my sentiments!
I made this very quick and simple to do card for a friend who just received some bad news. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you Alexandra that everything will turn out fine in the end.
I stamped 3 of the flowers from Tim Holtz’s Flower Garden set in Versamark, a clear ink that acts like a glue, and sprinkled some clear Wow embossing powder on it before using my heat gun to melt the powders and leave just a transparent outline that will act as a resist when I paint. I used only three of my Zig clean color real brushes today, 041 Light green, 052 Bright yellow and 025 Light pink, to colour the flowers.
I took each brush and smeared some colour in the middle of the flower, then with my Spectrum noir clear sparkle pen, I spread the colour onto the rest of the flower. And thats it! No thinking about shading or perspective or anything, just had fun. And I love the sparkle on my flowers, don’t you? For the stems, I mixed the green and yellow together to create some detail. To stamp the sentiment from The Ton, I used my Versamark again and heat embossed it with black Wow embossing powder. I cut the gold sentiment panel with my fancy scissors and adhered it across the card.
I should have just left it at that, but I wanted to create a shadow around the flowers to accentuate the light colours on the flowers…but I just ended up with a grey smear. Sorry, I now know I should have first put the grey on an acrylic block and picked it up with my water brush, instead of drawing a line around the flowers and trying to blend it around…well no pain no gain I always say! I added a few rhinestones to distract you from it and the card was finished.
I’m really crazy about how the Spectrum Noir blends with the Zigs though and gives it such shine at the same time. I learnt this blending technique from Jennifer McGuire’s post here where she shows you all the different ways to use the Zigs. I also followed her advice and labelled them and created a colour swatch. This has helped me a lot to know what the colours actually look like once dry and mixed with other colours…and what colours I am missing in order to get more! 😉
Thanks for stopping by and I always love to know what you think of my card!
I’m playing along with:
CropStop challenge – A new to me challenge blog where you just have to use any of the products from their store, even if you didn’t buy it from them!
Less is More – Use 3 pastel colours
AAA Cards challenge – My 2nd entry for their Shiny spring theme
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Blend
Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes