Happy Friday! I’m peering at you thru the miasma of yellow-green-pine-pollen-plogged eyeballs! The world has become a yellow fog here in the South. Just about the time the temps rose back into the I-want-the-windows-open range, too. But you just can’t do it – or that crud will be all over everything. So…we hunker in our “air tight pollen resistant” houses and glare resentfully outside. Waiting. Waiting. Hoping there’ll be a few days – weeks would be better – between the end of Pollen Season and the start of Hot Humid Season.
And keeping the rescue inhaler in the pants pocket! 🙂
So, today’s card is a spring-y card, again (no, I didn’t use any yellow embossing powder….), that uses the Rose Wonder Suite – which includes the bundled Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden Thinlits! And I did a little watercoloring today with my Aqua Painter. Take a look-see:
The layout for the card is from the Mojo Monday challenge #440:
Now, the background on this card went thru a few….trials. And what I thought of as errors. I began by stamping a piece of Whisper White card stock in Smoky Slate with the Hardwood Stamp. And that was too….bold. So, I sponged some Crumb Cake ink around the edges.
Nope. That wasn’t good either. So….I took my Brayer and covered the whole thing with Crumb Cake ink. And it was….not so bueno. So I tossed it aside. Decided I’d build the rest of the elements, since I had them in my head, and figure out at the end what to do about the card front.
I made the two smaller rectangular elements by watercoloring a piece of Canson 90lb Cold-Press Watercolor Paper. I used Garden Green, Old Olive and Wild Wasabi – no science to it, just wet the whole piece of paper real good, then picked up my ink with the Aqua Painter out of the lid of the stamp pad.
Then I dipped the tip of the Aqua Painter into the pool of water on my paper, and that added the ink to the mix. I kept adding until I was happy with the color – you can see that I did sort of pull horizontal lines in the water. Then I let it dry (well, I helped it with my Heat Tool cuz I was too impatient to wait!), cut the size I wanted and matted them on Garden Green card stock.
The center element was also watercolored – I used Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and a little Pink Pirouette. I was aiming for the peachy color of some of the white/peach roses that used to live in my Grandmother’s rose garden. We grew up in SoCal, where roses grow like crazy. And she had a good touch with them – we always had them cut in the house. 🙂 So – I make a sheet of peachy watercolor and then cut out the rose in the Rose Garden Thinlits.
I cut a second rose in Whisper White and then used little dots of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere it to another piece of Whisper White card stock. I carefully stuck the watercolored pieces back into the Whisper White rose, adhering each “puzzle” piece with more Liquid Glue. Then I fussy cut the whole thing out – really easy with the built-in guide from the die cut.
The sentiment is from the And Many More stamp set, stamped in Garden Green on Whisper White, and cut with a Bitty Banners Framelit. I also cut a second Bitty Banner from a little leftover green watercolored paper. They’re lightly adhered together on the end with a little Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
So. Time for the card front. What to do? Well, I looked (I was a bit pissy about it, I admit) at the practically discarded brayered card front. And guess what? It had dried. And – it looked pretty good! It was a nice rich brown, with an undertone of woodgrain. I decided “what the heck”! So, I inked up the leaves image from Rose Wonder with Versamark Ink and stamped them around the corners of the card stock. And deemed it good.
I SNAILd the panel to a mat of Garden Green. Then I used some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere a length of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon across it – fraying the ends just a little (by pulling out a few of the cross-strands). I popped the two green panels on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
About this time, I decided I needed a little more – so I cut a few of the leaves with the Rose Garden Thinlits from some leftover green-colored paper, and layered them on the card. Over that, I popped up my completed rose with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I popped my little sentiment banner on with a few more Dimensionals.
I completed the card front by adding a few Pearl Basic Jewels here and there. See why you need to stock up on those while they’re on the Weekly Deals?? Just sayin’! 😉
For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Rose Wonder in Garden Green onto a Whisper White panel. Since I had the peachy-colored Rose Garden thinlit die cut leftover, I decided to add that as well. I adhered it up in the corner with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, and trimmed the few little extra pieces off.
I matted it on Garden Green with SNAIL and then SNAILd it into my Whisper White card base. I also SNAILd the card front on (versus using more Dimesionals) and the card was done!
For the envelope, I stamped a couple of Old Olive Rose Wonder leaves on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope…
…and added a liner from a piece of English Garden DSP, cut with my Envelope Liner Framelits.
Et Voila! I like how the card front has color and some very subtle texture and sort of fades into the background, letting the beautiful Rose Garden rose take front and center and really pop! This is an awesome bundle – hope you’ve got it! 🙂
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STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S CARD
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Whisper White Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (brayered card front and inner liner)
Canson 90lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper: 1 3/8″ x 2 7/8″ (green watercolored front panels); Rose Garden Thinlit die cuts
Garden Green Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front and inner liner mats); 2″ x 3″ (mats for green watercolored front panels)
English Garden DSP: Envelope Liner
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