How are you doing, crafty friends! Today I have the honor to be a guest designer over at the Waffle Flower blog. A while ago I won the guest designer spot with this card and I also won a stamp set of my choice. I picked the “Love” set that I want to use today; I’ve had my eyes on it forever since it has so many so pretty floral stamps. This is the challenge image for this month – aren’t the flowers and the colors just gorgeous?
I usually shy away from using colored card stock but for this card I really did need it. I picked a few very vibrant pigment inks to stamp out the flowers with the help of some selective masking and created this focal point:
Since pigment inks take a bit longer to dry than your dye inks, you might need to hit them with your heat gun before you apply a mask. You can usually tell when it’s dry as it’s no longer shiny when you look at it from the side.
To add some additional interest to the card itself, I grabbed my white gel pen and started to add some highlights to the flowers and leaves. And yes, before you think that pattern “just” came to me, I did practice that before on a trial run. I usually find it difficult to make white highlights look random and pleasing.
Turns out, if you vary the dots slightly in size and work in the traditional triangle pattern, it looks quite nice. As you can see, each leaf of the center flower has about three large dots (uneven numbers are pleasing to the eye) and then a few smaller ones. This pattern is my favorite yet.
I could have just left it at that with the sentiment and the card would be completely fine and done. But I felt that the occasion of me being a guest designer for an awesome company like Waffle Flower warranted sparkle, so I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and some natural twine.
You can of course just wrap the twine around the card itself, but I like to cut slits or poke holes in the card front and thread my twine through. It just looks extra special this way.
And now, don’t forget to hop along to the Waffle Flower blog and enter the challenge. Who knows, you could be a winner next!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the video and card and that I’ll see you again soon.