Now I have to admit I've done some double dipping here and used the same background that I was playing with for some of my Christmas cards (stay tuned for the video clip coming very soon!), I couldn't resist I LOVE the background and honestly I adore this card with the Sweet Pea image, it's even better than my Christmas cards!!!!!
What I used:
- Sweet Pea Stamp: 'Lilly' from Ching-chou Kuik's Fantasy Art Collection sheet 14
- Paper Inspirations: Art Brush Holly stamp
- Pam Carriker: Script stamp
- Lindy's Stamp Gang Products:
Glitz Spritz: Gekko Green,
Moonshadow Mist: Ethereal Emerald, Bucket o Blood Red and Mystic Malachite
Magical Mica: Poinsettia Red
- HQ Watercolor Card from The Paper Temptress
- Copic markers -
Skin: BV0000, E000, E00 & E11, Cheeks - Roo & R21
Hair: E11, E27 & E29
Lips: R20, R21, R32 + Spica - Blossom
Eyes: BV0000, YG11, YG23, YG67 & FYG2 + Spica - Melon & Black
Background: G09, G19, G28 + Gold Spica (sprayed with Gekko Green Glitz Spritz)
- XPressIt Blending Card
- Versafine stamp pad: Vintage Sepia
- Memento stamp pad: Tuxedo Black
- Archival stamp pad: Jet Black
- Delicata stamp pad: Golden Glitz
- Prima: Holiday Vines
- Glossy Accents
- Stickles: Ruby Slippers, Black Soot, Antique Linen & Star Dust
- Smooch Ink: Moonlight
- Gold brads
What I did:
- Using several colours of Moonshadow Mist, spray smooth white card until covered completely and leave to dry.
- Trim card to size - I cut mine into a square shape measuring 11 x 11cm or 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 inch (I think the inch measurement is written correctly!)
- Stamp Sweet Pea stamp in centre of Moonshadow Mist covered card and create a mask from scrap paper, cut to shape of stamp and lay over image to protect it. Ink holly stamp with Versafine ink and stamp over card to create a very subtle pattern - leave mask in place. Ink text stamp with gold Delicata ink and stamp across surface of card - remove mask at this point.
- Stamp Sweet Pea stamp onto XPressIt blending card using Memento black ink and colour using Copic markers in colours listed above, embellish with Spica pens for sparkle. Trim image close to the edges of outer line and using glossy accents glue directly over stamped image on Moonshadow Mist card. I put mine under a book until dry to make sure it dried flat. Outline edge of image using Glossy Accents - I also traced over the swirly patterns to make them stand out.
- Stamp small flower (on the lower left of Sweet Pea Image) 2 more times onto HQ Watercolour card. Colour using mix or copic markers, Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Micas and when dry, layer with 3D dots and coat with Glossy Accents for shine. Glue over original image, with each layer rotated a little, so it looks more like a poinsettia. Layer leaves, small flowers and vines from Prima around flower to accent and place one Prima poinsettia flower in hair to compliment. Embellish petal edges and stamens with Stickles for sparkle.
- Add a gold brad in each corner of card and layer onto HQ Watercolour card as base (this is wonderful and creamy, plus quite stiff so will keep the top layers from warping.
- As the final step add a small amount of white (Moonlight) Smooch ink to flower centre, sparkle in eye and as random dots to card.
To see the other fabulous creations in the Sweet Pea Blog Hop make sure you check out the following sites. You can start from the top (Alexandra Lundgren) and work down, or go direct to Karina Lange's Blog and hop around from there - but seriously don't miss any of these talented artists projects. There may also be some non-fattening rubber type candy being given away to a random person who leaves a comment on every blog in the hop - just sayin someone will win a 3 Stamp Grab Bag, hint hint....... :O)
And now for some close-ups so you can 'see' the sparkle......
- Paper Creations Ink - Something Old and something New - the old is the Moonshadow Mists I've had (and loved) these for ages and the new is my sweet pea stamp!
May your day Sparkle and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Solstice!