A Flowerful Thanks
I knew I wanted to make a thank you card with a floral motif. And, fortunately, I had the perfect paper and images for the task. There was some pretty Jillibean Soup paper and cute Paper Smooches flowers that were perfect for this sketch-inspired card. So, this card came together much more quickly than other recent cards have. :)
- For starters, I rotated the sketch to make a horizontal card, with a sentiment strip running along the bottom.
- My ink stash is rather limited. I used Prismacolor pencils to tone down the mowed lawn and spiced marmalade colors so that the orange and green blended in better with the dp colors.
- The vase was heat embossed on dp and fussy cut.
- The Stampin' Up! "give thanks" sentiment was masked for my card's sentiment.
- Two shades of brown cardstock were used, placing a dark shade as the base layer and sentiment to pop the blue paper and the sentiment strip. The edges of the brown papers were inked with DI walnut stain using a Ranger blending tool since the papers were core cardstock.
- I decided to go with a tone-on-tone embellishment in the top right, punching a butterfly from a sheet of butterflies in the paper collection.
- Finally, I opted to leave out the embellishments (indicated on the sketch by the two smaller stars) because whatever I tried felt like it was getting lost against the floral patterned paper.
There are a couple more days left to play along with the Flowers and Fantasy Challenge at Cards in Envy. And, there are just a few more hours left to play along with the Mom/Special Lady Challenge at SAS4Kids. However, the challenge at Words 2 Craft By just started yesterday, and there are Paper Smooches gift certificates up for grabs this month!
Looks like a mini-monsoon is headed our way tomorrow. Of course, hubby and I predicted this two weeks ago. There is a golf tournament this weekend that hubby was interested in attending. By the time we got around to buying his ticket, the four-day passes were gone. So, he decided to buy a one-day pass for... that's right.... tomorrow. (We even told the clerk that there was sure to be a monsoon on April 15!) The weather sounds like it's not going to be at all pleasant for watching golf -- wet, chilly, and windy. Poor hubby. :(
As for me, I'm planning on being warm, dry, and grateful for:
- card-making supplies,
- WiFi, and
- lots of sites with lots of inspiration!