Sunday International has just released the funkiest flower set ever by Dee! This card was inspired by a card Michelle Z shared on her site and the techniques I learned in her most excellent class! I've been having so much fun experimenting with my brayer since the class! I think I have taken it out more in the last two weeks than the whole time I have had it. :o)
- Inked the vase image with Caribbean blending blox and stamped off on scrap paper. I then inked up with VersaMark directly and stamped on the smooth white base base card stock. Note: I have two VersaMark ink pads - a clean one, and a "dirty" one for projects like this where I use a "dirty" stamp.
- I filled in the vase openings with a VesaMark marker and sprinkled embossing powder over vase and heat set.
- I created a mask of the vase and placed the mask over the embossed image.
- I then inked up the bold flower image with VersaMark then directly with the purple blending blox. I placed my stamp face up on the table and brought the ink pad to the stamp so I could control the ink colors on the flower. I then colored the stem with a green marker. I stamped it over the mask on the base card.
- I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the flowers and heat set. I repeated steps 3 & 4 for the pink smaller flowers. I colored the centers of the purple flowers with a yellow marker, then a VersaMark pen, sprinkled embossing powder and heat set.
- I used the green marker to extend the stems down into the opening of the vase.
- Next, I brayered turquoise ink on the card, starting at the upper left corner of the card moving slowly towards the center to create the blending effect (learned this in Michelle's class!). I started off the card stock onto my scrap paper each time I applied ink, and ran off the sides of the card onto the scrap paper. I repeated this three times, then went to the opposite corner and did the same thing. I removed my vase mask before I brayered that corner. After brayering, I used a soft paper towel to remove ink form the embossed images.
- I then sponged a darker blue around the edges and around the vase. I used a sticky note to mask off a sharp edge and sponged to create a even darker shadow right under the vase.
- I punched the four corners 1st with the southwest punch, and then with the rounded punch. It gives a little extra design on the corners. Well, I had a little boo boo with one of the corners, so I just cut the whole corner off at an angle. After adhering the now dark card to the white base, I added a dew drop to the missing corner.
Stamps: Funny Flowers by Dee Gruenig
Ink: Blending Blox Shades of Pink, Shades of Purple, Shades of Caribbean; Stampin' Up! tempting turquoise, night of navy; VersaMark
Paper: SU! Whisper White
Accessories: brayer, Stampin’ Up! clear embossing powder, VersaMark marker, Marvy LaPlume II markers 4, 82, Inkssentials white opaque pen, Marvy Uchida southwest corner punch, Creative Memories corner round punch, Dew Drop, sponge
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!