I finished by adding some white gel pen on some of the cacti and flower centres, and then added one of the sentiments, and matted on to kraft card before adhering to the white card.
This next card was made using Captivating Cacti
I started by making a sky background using a piece of white velvet card smooshed with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink using it spritzed with water on my glass mat and the card pressed into it several times to cover the card. This particular blue is quite a strong one so I did use quite a bit of water as I didn't want it to be too dark. I then used a Crealies Pierced Rectangle die to cut it.
I used another piece of the velvet card and stamped the image using Versamark Ink and heat set it using WOW Opaque White Embossing Powder. I coloured it with the DI and a waterbrush using Carved Pumpkin and Mowed Lawn, together with small amounts of Cracked Pistacio, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover and Ground Espresso to help give light and shade. I then fussy cut the image.
As an afterthought I decided to give the sky a couple of grey clouds and also grounded the cactus with some underneath the base using Hickory Smoke DI. I then gave the image some shape before adhering it with Pinflair Glue Gel, and also added the sentiment using another piece of velvet card which I stamped with Smokey Gray Versafine Ink on a fishtail banner secured beneath the cactus.
This last one uses the Blossom and Grow set.
I decided to have a go at an alcohol ink background using Flamingo and Limeade and some of the alcohol blending solution on to some glossy paper I already had. It worked quite well but I had to be quick mixing it with the blending solution as it was inclined to sink in to the paper and where there are two or three purple blobs is where it sunk in and wouldn't move. I'm not sure why it went purple but as it happens it complements the red and green so looks OK. I saw Heather Telford using some gold leaf with an alcohol piece she had done, as the alcohol does leave a bit of residual stickiness which the gold leaf will stick too, so I gave it a try and although you can't see it in the photo small amounts stuck to the surface. I finished by giving the whole piece a buff up with a soft tissue which made it shine beautifully.
I stamped the flower and two of the leafy stems and coloured them with a waterbrush using Distress Inks including Picked Raspberry for the flowers and Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistacio for the foliage. I then fussy cut them and added them to the background using Pinflair Glue Gel to give them some dimension. The foliage wasn't so bad but the flowers were extremely fiddly with lots of little nooks and crannies. If I had used a lighter weight card it would have made life a lot easier...lol, but I did like the look of the finished result.
I finished by adding the sentiment stamped using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink just cut in to a simple rectangular shape and cut this to fit my rectangular card using a Crealies Pierced rectangle die.
Thank you for joining me today and I hope to see you again soon.
What stunning cards Pat, love every one of them. Loving the colours you've chosen and designs. I love these stamps and they lend themselves to fabulous colouring,Kate x x
Lovely selection of beautiful cards Pat and I loved ve the gorges background you’ve created on your blossom and grow set
These are just amazing, Pat. The stamps are gorgeous and your backgrounds are really lovely. xx
All three cards are STUNNING, Pat. Congrats on having them highlighted on the TV Launch for Chocolate Baroque! xx
A delightful selection of cards in this post Pat. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for helping us to celebrate the 5th anniversary over at Challenges For Days - good luck in the draw
Stunning cards, all three of them. Love the use of the alcohol inks and the gold and wow to the fussy cutting on card number three x.
Hi Pat! Thanks so much for leaving me a comment... Your cards are fabulous!! You sure work miracles with those distress inks! Love the AI bg too! Have a lovely day!
So g ...especially the 2nd embossed card...so pretty ...love the vibrancy and your background on the 3rd one is stunning
Fabulous examples Pat!
Gorgeous cards Pat and I bet you had a great time colouring the first one. I’ve been making a few cards recently to add to my birthday stash and I’ve really enjoyed spending the colouring part. I think your style really suits CB stamps as you always do a marvellous job with them. Crafty hugs, Sandra x
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