Today’s card is a labour of love. Love of ink blending and die cutting that is! I’ve used some of my favourite stamp sets and Lawn cuts from Lawn Fawn for this card as well as lots of different Distress Oxide Inks. I wanted to create something that was an explosion of colours and with no white left exposed. I think I managed to complete the challenge set, if I may say so myself.
It’s also Day 4 of The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge! If you don’t know what that is, head on over to The Daily Marker, hostess with the mostest, Kathy Racoosin the creator of the challenge, will explain it all on her blog. The short version is to set aside a few minutes each day for the next 30 days (or 26 as we are already on day 4) for yourself to colour. Fun, huh?
Right, so back to my card and all the jibber-jabbering that comes with my blog posts: The sets I have used for this cards are Happy Happy Happy from Lawn Fawn with the coordinating Happy Happy Happy Lawn cuts, Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts and the Fairy Friends stamp set and its coordinating Fairy Friends Lawn Cuts. When it came to the Distress Oxide Inks I’ve used Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick.
I used Strathmore Bristol vellum water colour card stock for the ink blending, I find it takes the colour really well and it’s easy to blend. Plus it doesn’t warp the card stock if you splatter water on top of the Distress Inks. That’s always a plus! I blended my green Distress Oxide inks on a piece big enough to cut out the Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait Lawn Cuts as well as two of the hills and loads of leaves. I wanted a really colourful tree so I made sure to not blend the colours together too much, I liked the idea of a sort of speckled colour look.
When it came to colouring the fairy images, I wanted them to look quite cohesive and kept the colours on the pastel side of the spectrum. Their little house was given a flowery look as I quite fancy that fairies live in flowers. That seems reasonable, right? I also added lots of details using Nuvo Jewel drops, kind of like dew drops on the petals, using Grey Mist and Pale Periwinkle. Their wings got a good dollop of Glossy Accents to make them look transparent and shiny.
The background for the whole card is a rich, lovely blue colour done with Distress Oxide ink in Mermaid Lagoon and a dab of Peacock Feathers. I inked the background piece heavily as I wanted a bold look but it’s also splattered with water drops for that lovely effect.
Puzzling the card together took quite some time as each individual leaf had to be glued down separately. I also ended up having to cut out more leaves as I ran out, despite cutting out what felt like hundreds of them. Ironically, after I was finished I now had leftover leaves… Oh well.
For my sentiment I stamped the big ‘Happy’ from Happy Happy Happy on Copic friendly card stock with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I also matched my Copics to the Distress Inks I had used for the leaves to keep the colours the same for the whole card.
To make it pop even more when it was added to the card, I also cut out backing foam tape using the coordinating Lawn cut when I cut out the finished image. To make the sentiment more than just ‘Happy’ I stamped ‘you make me’ from the stamp set in Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink directly onto the card and placed the ‘Happy’ underneath it. It’s brilliant to have all the different options available with these types of stamp sets as it’s easy to change it up so it fits the occasion or person the card is for.
Now, I could have stopped here. It probably comes as no surprise whatsoever that I decided to add some…. *squirms*…. little?…. details here and there… Which quickly escalated to all over the place! I started out by adding white gel pen to the tree and some of the leaves. Then all of the leaves. And the fairies got some too while I was at it. I tell you, to stop the going-over-the-top machine that is Erica when things get rolling is next to impossible! Eventually, I ran out of things to embellish and put the gel pen down. Then actually SAT on my hands whilst surveying my work to stop me from picking up the gel pen or another bottle of Nuvo drops!
With all that faffing, glueing and embellishing done I was really pleased with how it turned out! Granted, I could have stopped several steps ago and it still would have been a lovely card but you know how these things go sometimes… or practically every time in my case. At least I’m consistent, eh?
Well, with that, I’m all done for today. As in completely done. It’s just gone 20.00/8pm here and I can barely keep my eyes open, I think it’s time for bed to be honest. In fairness, I was up at 6.30 this morning… but yeah, I’m a lightweight.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting (or sleeping as is the case for me *yawns widely and noisily*)
See you soon, lots of love from Erica