It's been a busy few weeks with tags for the Love TAGplorations, the STAMPlorations CUTplorations release and the CAS challenge reminder. Today however I decided to make a card just for the sake of it. I love starting my weekend mornings with a bit of time in the craft room. Although the next time in the craft room I have to spend not crafting but cleaning - I tend to let everything pile up on my desk until I simply can't push stuff aside anymore to make room for crafting, and that's the dire situation I have reached once again. My desk is full of pieces of cardstock, stamps, ink pads and whatnot. What drives me crazy is that although I always try to be really careful with my embossing powder, there is embossing powder all over the place, and it clings to everything. I bet I can't be the only crafter with this issue?
Anyhow, today's card was inspired by the lovely image over at Inspired By All The Little Things. I was inspired by the colours and the lovely bokeh which I decided to represent by adding some sequins. I was inspired to use watercolour as that's the new challenge over at AAA Cards. The layout of the card was inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is to use your favourite tool, which in my case is my beloved Big Shot which I used to die cut the sentiment. Last, but not least I'm linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Fantastic Florals.
When I saw the sketch challenge I knew the blob in the middle had to be the lovely Peony Number Two stencil which I absolutely love. I used Gansai Tambi watercolours to colour through the stencil, blending some yellow and various reds to create the bloom. I also added some of the pearlescent Gansai Tambi watercolour to the outer leaves of the bloom for some added sparkle, I love the subtle effect of it. I love how the colours will run all over the place creating a very artsy version of the stencilled image. I took a piece of card from my UFO box which didn't work at all for whatever I initially created it for, but I thought it would be perfect for the die cut and used the CUTplorations Celebrate word die. Last, I added some blue Ranger Ice Stickles to the sentiment and added some blue sequins to represent the bokeh from the inspiration image.
Card: 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of card I created with blue Distress Paints
Colouring: Gansai Tambi watercolours
Stencil: ARTplorations Peony Number Two
Die: CUTplorations Celebrate word die
Other: Ranger blue Ice Stickles and sequins from my stash
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