Saturday, 26 March 2016

Best Day Ever

Hi!  It's Easter Weekend which means a 4-day weekend here in NZ - woohoo!  To add to that, I've taken an extra 2 days off work, which gives me lots of time to stamp :)

After spending most of today making DT cards in between doing loads of laundry, I finally got some time this evening to make a card for a couple of challenges. This card is for the current Share Joy Challenge, where I've sort of stuck to the sketch as well as produced a CAS card.  I was also inspired by Marjan's card at Time Out and used similar colors as well as keeping the floral theme (although my purple ink is a bit darker).  For my twist, I added a black card base to make everything pop and some emboss resist.


I started my card by stamping the flowers in SSS dye inks then clear-embossing.  To keep the ink wet long enough for the embossing powder to stick, I first inked up in Versamark then in the colored ink.  I kept my images to the bottom right of the panel, matching the sketch at Share Joy.  Once that was complete, I inked up part of the Tiny Alphabet background stamp with Versamark ink and stamped it, also in the bottom right hand portion of the panel.  I then clear-embossed it before very lightly sponging on some Hickory Smoke ink.

I die-cut the panel with the largest of the Pierced Rectangle Stax and then white embossed the sentiment.  Before adhering the panel to the card base, I clear embossed the same images onto the bottom right corner of the black card base to give a bit of added interest.  You can see it a bit better in the close-up photo below:


And that's it!  Thanks for visiting.



Products used:

Stamps:  Many Thanks, Tiny Alphabet Background (SSS), Hashtags (Stampers Anonymous)
Ink:  Versamark, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, Willow, High Dive, Blue Violet, Hyrdrangea (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, black
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Clear EP

Cheers
Karren

13 comments:

Eliz Stewart said...

Love the shadow background...great idea!

Jennifer Shults said...

Wonderful! I love how you created the background gradient, that is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us for this week's Share Joy Challenge.

Teresa said...

your card is beautiful. That black really does make the colors pop

Susanne Vargas said...

Very striking card! Love how you did the background!

Jen Mitchell said...

Pretty card Karren. I love the alphabet images with the flowers! Lucky you having some time off work. Enjoy!

Nancy said...

Fabulous card Karren....enjoy those days off!

Rosemary said...

beautiful card... fabulous take on the sketch!! hope you enjoyed your days off!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

WOW - I love your card! especially the soft lettered background!

Heidi Stamps said...

I love the colors you used! Very pretty!

Nonni said...

Cool techniques here and I love the color combo, quite unusual and pretty! Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

Narelle Farrugia said...

oooohhhh this really is lovely!

Marika said...

Beautiful! The background really makes those flowers to pop!

Petra Swart said...

Love how you've done the bg, Karren and the flowers are beautiful!!!! Such a stunning card!!!!