I have used one of the new stamps, Friendship Blessings as the focal floral image in my card and embellished the card with a new sequin mix called Beach Side Bliss.
To make this card, I started with a standard A2 side folding card base of 110# NSW card stock. I measured my stamped image for the inside panel, then cut away the excess from the top panel, reserving a narrow side strip (it will create the sandwich for the acetate and cover-up the tape on the back side of the top colored panel). I then cut a piece of clear acetate a bit larger than the stamped image and wide enough to line up with the outside edge of the card. Next I went about creating my top panel. On NSW cardstock, I blended 4 colors of Distress Oxide Inks (see colors below). I then created some shimmer mist with water and Perfect Pearls. I misted a Penny Black background stamp (Blips) fairly generously with the shimmer mist then lay the colored panel onto the stamp and pressed firmly down. I maintained pressure longer than usual to make sure the water was getting absorbed. The more water you use, the more vibrant the reaction (up to a point of course). The water in the mist reacts with the Distress Oxide Inks to give you the lighter color that you see stamped on the panel. It shimmers beautifully, which regrettably I was unable to capture for you, but it is quite lovely. I dried the panel with my heat tool to minimize warping. I put a heavy block onto it to ensure it stayed flat. I next used my MISTI stamping tool and stamped both floral images with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink (Copic friendly). Then on to the fun part, the coloring!! I actually colored a practice image first because I wasn't sure what color flowers I wanted, blue or yellow, or one of each! I placed the colored images next to my colored panel to see what I liked. Though I love yellow flowers, I thought the blue looked best. I then colored the stems a similar hue of green that is on the top panel (see Copic list below). Once the Copic coloring was done, I felt it needed more detail, so I got my colored pencils out and worked on the veining and dark dots on the flowers. Lastly I used my white gel pen for additional white dots on both the petals and the stems (hard to see). Now I was ready to assemble the card. I cut my colored panel to the exact same size as the card base and strip. I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts stamp and the small heart from a Kennedy Grace Creations stamp You Inspire Me in Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink (the best for deep, crisp impressions I think). I first lined up the clear acetate with the card base edges, then adhered it to that card base using some high tack double sided adhesive tape (Crafty Power Tape) from Scrapbook Adhesives. Then using the same tape, I adhered the colored panels to the card base and the acetate. I adhered the retained card base strip to the back side of the narrow colored panel on the outside edge of the card. Lastly, I used 3 sequins from the Kennedy Grace Creations new sequin mix Beach Side Bliss (I chose a blue, a green and a silver sequin) to coordinate with the colors of the colored panel. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere the sequins securely. I considered die cutting a butterfly and adhering it where the colored panel and acetate meet, but felt in the end that it made the card too busy. Another option with this type of card is stamping and/or embossing on the acetate panel, since I used a heat resistant/emboss-able acetate. Another time, another card!
That completes my card, I hope you enjoyed a somewhat non-traditional card style and some additional ideas when using acetate.
|Card with Beach Side Bliss Sequin Mix
Stamps: Kennedy Grace Creations Friendship Blessings and
You Inspire Me,
Penny Black background stamp Blips, Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp Uplifting Thoughts
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#
Hot Off The Press Heat Resistant Acetate
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron)
Copic Sketch Markers (B21, B24, B28, YG41, YG45, Y13)
Kennedy Grace Creations Sequin Mix Beach Side Bliss
Caran D'ache Pablo colour pencils (12 ct.)
Sakura Gelly Roll (white gel pen)
Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink
DIY shimmer mist made with Ranger Perfect Pearls
Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Power Tape