This is another one of the cards that I did for GinaK's new release earlier this month.
With every release, Gina creates a set that is used that month as the "One Free with 3" set. That means that you get this set for free during this release when you purchase 3 other sets, at any price. When the next release comes out in May, there will be a new "One Free with 3" set and you'll be able to purchase this one, along with any of the other former "One Free with 3" sets. But why buy when you can get it for free, eh? *wink*
This particular set is called, Comfort & Peace. It's a set of 9 stamps - 2 images and 7 greeting stamps that can be combined in a number of different ways. This is such a unique set in that the greetings are very personal and appropriate for cards that you can't always find a greeting for. You can read the whole story of how this set was inspired by going ------> HERE
A color combination that I fell in love with shortly after becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator was More Mustard and Ruby Red. I especially like sponging Ruby Red ink around More Mustard cardstock. I did that with this card. It has such a warm look to it.
I used my paper piercing tool, mat and template to create the pierced holes in the upper right and lower left corners of my card. I've seen this done on other cards before, but to be honest, this is the first time I've ever done it myself. Now I'm hooked on it.
To create the look of the flower, I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I go through phases with things in my "stash." My Watercolor Wonder Crayons have been sitting aside for a little while now and this was just the stamp set to get me using them again.
I colored directly onto the rubber image with the crayons. I used Garden Green for the stems and leaves. For the flowers, I used More Mustard to do the first base of color. Then I went over bits of the flowers with some Pumpkin Pie crayon just to give some dimension.
I sprizted the stamp with some water from a left over Stampin' Mist bottle (I like using this bottle because it gives a very controlled amount of water mist and doesn't over-wet when I spritz things) and then stamped on a piece of watercolor paper. This gave my image the look of being watercolor because I had blended the colors directly on my stamp.
I turned my Giga Oval Scalloped punch upside down so that I could see my stamped image and then punched out my image. I sponged around it with More Mustard ink. I then mounted it on a piece of Old Olive cardstock that I cut using my Coluzzle cutting system and then sponged around the edge with Garden Green ink. I added some dots with my white gel pen in the middle of each scallop.
I cut a Ruby Red oval with my Coluzzle cutting system and then trimmed around it with my scallop edged scissors (see? I told you I've been enjoying using my decorative edged scissors!). I sponged around it with Ruby Red ink. I mounted this on top of my More Mustard card base and then tied a piece of vanilla sheer organdy ribbon around my card, tying it around a ribbon charm with a double knot.
I applied some pop-dots to the back of the Old Olive cardstock and then mounted this on top of the Ruby Red oval so that it went over the ribbon.
Have a lovely night and an evening nicer rest of your week!