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


Sharli Schaitberger said...

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!

Irish Cherokee said...

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

Joni Andaya said...

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

Petti said...

This is so eye catching!

shirley-bee said...

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.

Kim Heggins said...

This is one stunning card sweet.

Michelle said...

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

Alrik said...

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

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