I’m back in the Crafting Room again! After a busy week without any crafting time, I’ve spent a large part of today completely absorbed in my little creative corner of the world. My brain was on creative overdrive (this is the opposite of blank paper syndrome, creative overdrive is when you have so many ideas you just can’t get them done quick enough). And I completely blame all the crafting challenge blogs out there. You are conspiring against me! Too many great themes, sketches and colour combos at once. There’s only so much a girl can take!
The theme for the Card Concept 9 is monochromatic purple. Not that I’m excited, but it’s my favourite colour. Ever! In addition to pink… So obviously, I had to go there. Coincidentally (or not, is this a conspiracy?) the theme over on Make My Monday is Seasonal Flower colours with the below picture for inspiration. Hello, purple AND flowers. The only question was: which purples and which flowers? I have so many flower stamps. I’m pretty much obsessed with them! In the end I picked the Hero Arts Layered flowers stamps, as they are great for dimensional flowers, and I thought a monochrome colour scheme deserves a lot of texture. I also happened to receive a batch of Tim Holtz distress paints today that I had ordered from Ebay, and one of the colours was Dusty Concord. Hello there Distress Paint background!
Picture inspiration from Make My Monday
I also completely love this week’s Freshly Made Sketch, and immediately saw the oval in the sketch transform into a flower. I wasn’t going to do a CAS card as I’m not very good at them, but somehow that’s how this card ended up. The Card Concept asks you to define your card style according to some categories they have, and out of those, my card would be Clean and Layered. I am also submitting the card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week’s theme is Spring Flowers, and to Stampin’ Royalty Challenge #227 themed May Flowers. I usually don’t enter this many challenges with one card, but what can you do, when it works it works. And I love browsing the challenge blogs absorbing inspiration from amazing DT cards and crafts.
I used Tim Holtz distress paints along with plenty of water from a spritzer onto watercolour paper to create the background. I just dabbed Picket Fence, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves onto a crafting mat (actually I use a non-stick baking sheet, but it works perfectly well!) and swirled the paper around in the paint. I stamped the flower in black Staz-on ink three times onto watercolour paper and fussycut using scissors. I coloured the flowers with Stampin’ Up Rich Razzleberry, Tim Holtz Seedless preserves markers and an AquaFlo brush and added Tim Holtz Distress stickles in Dusty Concord before attaching the layers using dimensionals. I matted onto Tim Holtz Dusty Concord cardstock, added some ribbon from my stash, some adhesive gems and stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up Bloomin Marvellous set in Rich Razzleberry with the help of a stamp-a-ma-jic.
Card: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, Tim Holtz Disterss Core’dinations card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Layered Flowers, Stampin’ Up Bloomin Marvellous
Inks: Stampin’ Up Rich Razzleberry, StazOn Jet Black, Stampin’ Up Rich Razzleberry marker, Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves marker
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Paints Dusty Concord, Picket Fence, Seedless Preserves, Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dusty Concord, Papermania Adhesive gems Capsule Heather, AquaFlo brush, ribbon from my stash
Why would you think purple is my favourite colour?