I know it's super late in the evening for me to be posting, but I am so proud of these cards that I had to share them right away!
I was in a little funk this morning, trying to put ideas to paper and failing with every attempt. It had me super frustrated and angry...but I kept trying...and I'm glad I did. With a little inspiration from some challenges, I was able to create 2 cards that I am absolutely in love with. Probably my favorite holiday cards so far this year.
Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Elsa's Flora stamp set as soon as it came out. Every single one of those images spoke to me..I knew I had to have it. I've mulled ideas over in my head with it a lot since getting it, and the poinsettia just kept popping back up. I decided to try a few different ways to color it in: watercolor like the red one above, and using distress inks with a shimmer mist like you'll see in my second card.
My first few attempts were major failures...but that was okay because I was just playing. When I broke out the watercolors though, this whole card just came to life in my mind. I colored in the poinsettia and the pinecones and did some washes over the white embossing of the pine branches.
I used a wood grain background stamp from Hero Arts and did a second generation stamping of it onto some kraft cardstock. Then cut a few diagonal slits in it so I could put some silver glitter paper behind it all. I had tried the layout with the glitter paper on top and it was too much, so I thought recessing it down behind the wood grain would look better...and it did!!
I popped the wood grain paper up with some fun foam and then started to assemble my flower arrangement. Everything really came together easily, so I finished it off with a cute sentiment from the Winnie & Walter Eat Drink Gingerbread Man stamp. I only inked up the bottom line for this card :) A few white enamel dots and that was it! I didn't add any shimmer to this card because I thought the glitter paper was enough.
Now for the second card, I did almost the exact same thing but I changed up the colors a little:
I'm just proud of myself for getting 2 cards done at once! That never happens!! Go me :) Maybe I can make it a habit? Probably not...
Anyhow, thanks for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!! <3
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Retro Sketches #189
The Challenge #50-Red, White, Silver, Kraft
The Corrosive Challenge #237-Add a Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday #209-Anything Goes