I've been having a wonderful time creating with stencils. They are perfect for designing cool backgrounds. For this design, I started with the background. I sprayed greens and blues onto the cardstock, then laid a clean piece of cardstock over the color , pressed it down and pulled away to have 2 lovely colored pieces of cardstock. After it dried, I laid the stencil down and spray water over it. I let the water sit on it for about a minute, then dabbed with a paper towel roll. To see more information of this technique, visit Dyan Reaveley's blog and her videos.
Next, I stamped the large poppy onto the background and colored with silky acrylic paint (2 coats). I colored the center with a black Spectrum Noir marker. After it dried, I stamped the poppy over the paint with LUXE ink - a lovely rich ink pad created for mixed media.
After it dried, I re-colored the center and added a little bling with china black Twinkling H20.
I added touches of highlights with a gold metallic Sharpie. To help brighten the center, I added just a little broken china Distress Ink around the edges.
This card is special for a special woman that my husband and I know.
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!