Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July Already!

Can you believe it's July already? At over 80 degrees, I think this is about the warmest it's been (or the muggiest) this summer here, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The card above is from the SCS color Challenge today, to use Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, and Purely Pomegranite on the card. For the background, I used Wild Wasabi on retired "Linotype" on Certainly Celery. I love how it puts such a bold pattern on my paper. Then I selected the Artfully Asian Branch and stamped on White with the Wild Wasabi. I drew ink off the pad with my Aqua Painter to fill in the leaves. Then I stamped the floral dot posie images from the Three for You Punch Box Kit (Purely Pomegranite on Purely Pomegranite), and high-lighted the blossoms with a White Signo-Gel Pen.
Meanwhile, I used the Colluzle to cut 3 ovals, White and Wasabi were the same size and Pomegranite was a notch bigger. Then after I had stamped the branch, I used my Fiskars Cloud Scissors to go around the White paper with the floral image. When I use scallop scissors to go around a circle or an oval, I always start at the bottom of the image, because if it doesn't come out even, I can always camoflauge it with something, but in this case, I didn't mind the little bump at the bottom too much.
Then I took my flowers and the rounded end of a paintbrush (not the bristle end) and pushed the flowers into the palm of my hand to make those blossoms "cup." I glued them with Crystal Effects to the stem.
Next, I added my "much hoarded" Pomegranite Ribbon that was in the Mini Catalog last fall. I made a slit in the fold of the card and tied the ribbon around front of the card and knotted it. I am frugal with my supplies and often tape or glue ribbon on and trim the edges even, but this ribbon was just too yummy to not share some with the inside of the card. Once the knot is tied, I just trimmed the ends and moved the knot to where I wanted it and attached the oval next to the knot. Finally, I used my Poly-Mark Crystal Glitter (WalMart, with Craft Paints) under a buck) to add a dab of glitz to the flowers....voila...it was done!

4 comments:

Mother Hen said...

Wonderful directions Cheryl. Keep up the great work!

Blessings,
Mother Hen
(Cyndi)

Lesly said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous. Great job with the ribbon.

Lorraine said...

very pretty. love the ribbon and all the flowers. great job on the color combo challenge

Rhonda L said...

This is very pretty! I love the 3-d flowers. Thanks for sharing!