Should be an easy theme, unless you're ending up with some difficulties like I did, but in the end it all worked out and I am sharing two cards today, even though my second one is where I had the trouble and ended up not really working for our theme. Thought I'd share it anyway.
The inky background was done with Distress Oxides and Inks, Cracked Pistachio and a little bit of Tumbled Glass with Spun Sugar Distress ink.
I stamped the orchid from the Penny Black set Happy Together using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and colored it with my Zig Clean Color markers. Using the Penny Black stencil Oscillations (which includes 3 different stencil designs) and Spun Sugar distress ink I added a little more pink to the background and wiped the ink pad across the distressed edges. No, I didn't get out my sewing machine (sad to say since I re-organized my stamp room I don't have a designated spot for it and haven't used it in a long time). Instead I used one of the stamps from Whimsy Stamps In Stitches stamp set, I was lucky enough to purchase this at a great price when Whimsy Stamps was clearancing it out a few month ago. Unfortunately the set is no longer available, but there are similar sets available here. I used a clear Wink of Stella brush on the blossoms for some sparkle. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Sprinkles and Smiles.
Penny Black Happy Together // Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles // Whimsy Stamps In Stitches - retired - Similar Options // Penny Black Oscillations Stencil // Spun Sugar Distress Ink // Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide // Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink // Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool // Zig Clean Color Markers // Zig Detailer Waterbrush // Tonic Stamp Platform // Wink of Stella Glitter
Below is the card I initially had in mind for the challenge - I wanted to heat emboss everything in white and use Loll's Splash Watercolor technique for the background with some pretty shades of pink and lilac and a little bit of a muted green.
Penny Black Happy Together // Stampin Up Sentiment - Retired // Versamark Ink // White Embossing Powder // Picked Raspberry Distress Ink // Spun Sugar Distress Ink // Shaded Lilac Distress Ink // Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Ink // Zig Detailer Waterbrush // Bristol Vellum Paper // Post-It Notes // Cutterbee Scissors // Craft Mat - Similar
The green and lilac turned out fine, but the Picked Raspberry ink (although not quite as purple as it appears in the photo) was more of a fuchsia color, not a pretty pink as I had hoped for. And the Spun Sugar ink I also used is pretty much invisible. I also wasn't happy with the white embossing. Another mistake that happend here was the post it note I used for masking stained my image pink (I really need to get some white post it notes!) I didn't want to completely waste the card so I finished it by coloring the blossoms with Shaded Lilac ink and the leaves with Bundled Sage ink. Of course I could not remove the pink stains caused by the post it note. I framed with some lilac card stock and then mounted onto white card base. The white embossed sentiment is one of my old favorites from a retired Stampin Up set (I think it's called Beautiful Beach).
Sharing with these challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges - Pink Birthdays // Retro Rubber Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamps older than one year (this set was released a couple of years ago) Simon Says Wednesday - Happy Birthday // Moving along with the Times - Floral // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes // International Art & Soul - Birthdays // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Creative Fingers - Anything Goes // Pattie's Creations - Flowers
Mark your calendars: On May 18th Allsorts challenge is celebrating 10 wonderful years of challenges and we're having a special prize that week (which will actually run as a 2-week challenge). Brenda created this wonderful logo, you can post it to your side bars if you like a little reminder :)
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