Wednesday, April 9, 2014

prologue to danke (STAMPlorations, SSS)

Yesterday I told you about how I was inspired by Joni A. and her way with cards.  And with this card in mind, I was going to heat emboss the damask pattern on the cardbase, then stencil it halfway up onto the focal panel too before adding the peony.  Or so I thought.

First mistake... I stencilled the Wild Honey onto the cardbase but forgot to apply embossing powder while it was damp.  And I was too scared to dab my Versamark ink pad over the inked areas for fear of contaminating it. Um.

So I figured I'd just leave it as is and attach the peony right to the cardbase.  Maybe not such a bad idea since the bloom is so huge.  Off to watercoloring it was.

Next mistake... I started with Festive Berries, then Picked Raspberry.  And then an hour later that bloom was just way too "in your face" and I wasn't happy with the stamens I had traced with a black marker OR with my shading.  TIP: When watercoloring, start with your lightest color and work up to the darker shade(s)!

So this was roughly what I had.


But didn't like. That's when these pieces got set off to the side and yesterday's card was born.  And since I forgot to wipe the Wild Honey off my stencil before starting with the blue on that card, I got yellow + blue = green.  Now you know what happened in that upper right corner of yesterday's card!  So back to this one... After wondering "what would Joni do?" (and I would love to know what Joni would have done at this stage)  I continued with this adventure.

Had two ideas.  First I thought about adding some blue to the base and adhering the bloom kinda vertically along the right edge, chopping off part of it. (Maybe I should have...) Then I decided to banish it to the inside, also chopped off.  Then I envisioned a window for some of it to peek through. And it became a Mother's Day card with a sentiment from Jane's Doodles Mother's Flowers.


Looking at that photo of the inside now, it could have been a typical Maria card front ;)  But I was pretending to be Joni, remember? So, out came some heat embossing and more distress inking, this time with Peacock Feathers.


I cut apart my STAMPlorations Mom Subway Art Builders #1 stamp and created the embossed BG before inking. Oh, and the window was born thanks to a Spellbinders Label One die.

Not earth shattering.  But not in the wastebasket either ;)

I'm playing at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is "Journey".  Cuz it certainly was a journey to arrive at this card.

Have a wonderful day, friends.  Thanks for coming by.


Supplies for mom:
Paper: Bringmann, watercolor (Target for kids)
Stamps: bloom Stampendous, Mom STAMPlorations, sentiment Jane's Doodles
Ink : Distress Ink, Versamark
Tools: stencil Prima, scissors, die Spellbinders
Other: white embossing powder, paintbrush, Sharpie







8 comments:

  1. Wowie! It was a journey! But I truly love all the phases and think you are too hard on yourself! I really like the damask background. A stencil you say, hmmmmm. Not like any stencils I've tried! Guess I need to play with them more and experiment with different inks. Love your work! Hugs!

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  2. Plain flat out outstanding. Mistakes are good when they turnout this nice.

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  3. Aww..Maria!!! This is GORGEOUS...my love the pink and the intensity is Fabulous :) Love this so much! Hugs <3

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  4. Love the evolution of this card - I thought options 1 and 2 would have made great cards anyway, but I like how you created a window, and the white embossing looks fab on the blue.

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  5. This is one stunning card Maria...so sweet.

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  6. It may not have been what you had in mind, but you made some wonderful choices and your finished card came out lovely. I really like those colors together. I'm so glad you didn't toss it in the wastebasket. Thank you for sharing your work with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

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  7. It's a nice card. The style is beautiful.

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