Wednesday 11 May 2016

Spring into Summer

Hi there.  Well I suppose we must say that now we are nearly half way through May that Spring has probably moved on into early Summer.  I am one of those card makers that prefers to use the flowers of that season on cards but I hadn't used these tulips this Spring, in fact I don' t think I have used this particular stamp before, so I decided that while there is still a chance that tulips could still be blooming I had better use them.  These stamps are from Chocolate Baroque and called Spring Bird Tulip and as the name suggests there are birds on this set too which could more readily be used throughout the year.

I found a snippet of blue card and after cutting it slightly smaller than the white base card used a freebie border embossing folder on each of the edges, embossed using my Grand Calibur.

I found another snippet of white card and stamped the tulips twice using Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  I then coloured with Distress Inks and a waterbrush using Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry for the flower heads and Sage Green and Mustard Seed for the leaves and stems, and in the background Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass.  I wanted the higher set of flowers to fade into the background a bit more so I used the background colours, using the Distress Inks again with a waterbrush, over the top of them and then the rest of the background was blended mainly around the lower set of flowers.  I also used a Crackle Background stamp from Crafty Individuals and the Tumbled Glass DI which only really shows in the photo at the bottom right hand corner although I did use it randomly to fill the gaps, but after adding some more of the background ink it seems to have all but disappeared.  I added a bit more of the Shaded Lilac round the edge using blending foam before mounting it on to a snippet of dark blue card.

I finished with a sentiment which I stamped on to another snippet of the blue card using the Smokey Gray ink and as it stays wet a little longer than some other inks I managed to add some WOW Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it to give it some gloss, and then shaped it into a small fishtail banner.  I blended some a little of the Shaded Lilac DI around the edge here too.

Thank you for taking  a look today.

Pat  x

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 228 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Emboss It.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Flowers.
Cuttlebug Mania - May Flowers.  



Jean said...

I love the colours you have used here Pat, and your ink blending is brilliant. I love tulips as well, we were in Torquay a couple of weeks ago and they must of planted thousands of them. Literally, they were everywhere and looked wonderful.
Jean x

Crafting with Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, I saw your card on the challenge page and just wanted to pop over and see how you made it. It's very pretty. The background doesn't look like the regular sponging of distress inks?? But I read you used a stamp - Crackle Background, so maybe that's why. At any rate, it's super pretty.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wonderful card Pat isn't it satisfying to use up scraps and snippets? I do love the soft tones and embossed combinations on this!
Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Sarn said...

Beautiful looking floral card with the pretty embossing at the sides.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Barb said...

What a beautiful card Pat. I love the way you've coloured those lovely tulips and what pretty borders to your card. Barbxx

Pat said...

Sorry Jeanne this wasn't very clear in my description but I used a waterbrush with the inks for the background and then just a little extra of one of the colours round the edges with blending foam. I have amended my post so this makes better sense. x

Petra Swart said...

Oh, those tulips are so pretty and I love the dry embossing, Pat!!!! The colours you have worked with are so beautiful!!!!! Such a fabulous card with a lovely feminine look!!!
Have a great day!!!

Di said...

Really lovely card Pat - I love the embossed borders and the tulip image panel is stunning! So glad you also entered it into Cuttlebug Mania - as well as the Playground of course :)


Di xx

MaryH said...

Just love this wonderfully soft background, & your tulips did indeed, seem to fade into this. It's a lovely effect. Smart idea to use the gray to stamp. Your watercoloring is so exceptional. And I always love to see the 'freebie' magazine stuff you UK folks get. This EF made a perfect border with these tulips. TFS Hugs

Kath Stewart said...

beautiful card your embossed borders and great colour work with your Distress Inks ...thanks for sharing over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

Flo Langley said...

Gorgeous card Pat. The colours and the embossing...Yummy.
Have a lovely weekend.
Flo x

Peanut said...

Honestly.... this really is a pretty card, Pat. The soft colours add to the elegance of the project. LOVE it!
x Asha

scrappymo! said...

Love the inky, arty feel of this beautiful card!

Darnell said...

Your springtime tulip card is stunning, Pat, and well done using NBUS! That image is so gorgeous, I think you should use your artistic license and play with it all year long! I love it and all the snippets you used!! Hugs, Darnell

Gayatri said...

Pretty Pretty tulips. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Flowers Challenge.
Gayatri xx