Friday 18 December 2015

Ombre background poppies

This whole Christmas thing isn't exactly going to plan. By now I was supposed to be off on my long, and even if I say so myself, well-earned Christmas break. However, turns out I have to work both Monday and Wednesday. Sigh. So I have decided to boycott Christmas, and publish non-Christmas cards to make me feel less bad. A bit hard to not think of the C word though, as I have the constituent parts for four gingerbread houses right next to me, spreading a wonderful Christmas-y scent. Putting them together has to go on the to-do list for the weekend, along with scrubbing the house from top to bottom to make it presentable to the un-laws, preparing Christmas food, doing the big Christmas shopping, getting a few more presents, wrapping the current ones and best of all, finally picking up the snake baby!! That's a to-do list and a half. I cannot wait for those hazy lazy crafty days between Christmas and New Year when I can get back into creative mode again.

Anyhow, today's card is using a stamp that has somehow sneakily become my favourite in the STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches set. And of course watercolour, my most favouritest technique ever ever ever. Not to mention one of my favourite colour combos, turquoise and purple.

Quite a simple card, started by stamping the gorgeous poppies in Staz-on, masked them to create the ombre background using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Bundled sage. I coloured the poppies in Mowed Lawn and Wilted Violet. Last, I stamped a few sentiments from the same stamp set and adhered the front panel onto linen textured card.

It's not easy to find a non-Christmas related challenge this time of year, but I would like to link up with the following challenges:
Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog - Use a Sentiment
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes 
2 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Card: 300 gsm linen textured card, 300 gsm watercolour paper
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches
Ink: Tsukineko Staz-On Jet Black, Tim Holtz distress inks Bundled Sage, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die


Polka Dot Orchard said...

That is absolutely beautiful and stunning. You did a great job on the flowers and background.

Sherrie K. said...

Wow, this is so pretty! Fantastic background and gorgeous flowers! Thanks so much for joining us in the PDE Linky Party!
Sherrie K
PDE DT Member

Billie A said...

Awesome flowers and water color. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination.

Claudia's kaartjes said...


Gorgous card. Thanks for joining us at BSC.

DT Brown Sugar Challenge

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful. Love the background. Thanks for linking up over at PDE Linky Party.
I hope you’ll come link up again soon!
Janis, Owner & DT Member
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PDE Linky Party, Owner & DT Member

Unknown said...

This is simply beautiful! Thank you for joining us at 2 Crafty Girls challenge. We hope you will join us again soon. Mary (DT)x

Unknown said...

Totally beautiful! Love this! Thanks for linking up with us at the PDE Linky Challenge Blog! DT Twila

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful CAS card love the watercolour technique and beautiful floral image Love the beautiful shaker bauble --Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercrafts
Carol DT x

Aileen said...

Beautiful, stunning wonderful card. love your colouring and your style.