Perfect Simplicity

For today’s card, I returned to the Rose Garden thinlit dies.

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The rose image stamped out from the largest die in this set is so beautiful, you hardly have to do anything to it to make a card. This card features two roses, two leaves, and a plain white background; simple!

To make a card like this, I cut a rose in Bermuda Bay and one in Daffodil Delight. I carefully trimmed off the leaves, rounding the edges so it looked like they were never there in the first place. I also cut out two leaves in Wild Wasabi; I didn’t cut a whole rose out for these. I just cut a piece big enough for a leaf, ran the leaf part of the die through the machine, and backed it out again.

Optional: You can save the petal pieces that are cut out from the rose to create neat stained glass effects! For example, I used the Daffodil Delight petals to make this card.

Once my pieces were ready to go, I laid them out on my card. The two roses overlap, so I trimmed the Daffodil Delight rose so it would look like it was behind the Bermuda Bay one. I adhered the roses and leaves to the white card panel and trimmed all the edges where they overlapped.

The trickiest part is that the ends like to stick up if they aren’t glued down really well. If you use liquid glue, make sure to use very tiny dots so the glue doesn’t squeeze out and make a mess. If you use glue dots (like I did) glue down every single loose end around the edges of the card. These loose ends love to catch on things, then get bent at awkward angles, and don’t look nearly as pretty. It is a hassle to put a glue dot (or dot of liquid glue) on every little piece, but it is totally worth it!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Glue Dots

Complementary Flowers

This card features one of my favorite color schemes! The official art term for this type of color scheme is “complimentary” color scheme, meaning the colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel.

Here’s what this color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

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This image comes from color.adobe.com, a great tool for all artists who use color!

See how far apart those colors are? Okay, not exact opposites, but pretty darn close. When colors from far apart on the color wheel are juxtaposed, they create a lot of contrast which can make the elements on a card really pop!

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If you, too, like a lot of contrast, try this color combination!

Lessons learned: I attached my ribbon using snail adhesive, but I didn’t think I needed to cover the entire back of the ribbon with it. It looked fine at first, but the ribbon loosened up just a little bit and it sags just a tiny bit where there wasn’t adhesive. Learn from my mistake and make sure your ribbon is firmly attached!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: watermelon colored ribbon, pear colored ribbon

 

Know What I Love? Mom

My mom occasionally reads my blog (Hi Mom! Love you like crazy!) so I couldn’t post this until after Mother’s Day. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.

Now that this card has been safely delivered, I can post about it here!

New Technique! I tried a glue resist for the first time. First, I stamped the flower from the stamp set What I Love from Stampin’ Up! Then, with a paintbrush I added a thin layer of Elmer’s glue on top of the flowers. After this was dry I sponged on Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, and So Saffron ink using circular rubbing motions.

Where I added glue the ink wasn’t able to stick to the cardstock as well as it did in other areas, so the color is much lighter. I had thought that the flowers would be pure white, but they weren’t. Later I will experiment with different types of glue or more layers to see what happens. I do like how this turned out even though it wasn’t expected, so those experiments will have to wait!

I added a black circle and additional pure Whisper White flowers using dimensionals to add depth.

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For those that were wondering, my mom loved the card and we had a lovely Mother’s Day!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, So Saffron (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: And Many More, What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals