Hello everyone and hello July! Yikes, who else is in total disbelief that we are over halfway through 2017 already?? Come on now, show of hands, I can't be the only one surely?
This month I'm going to focus on Thank You notes as we will be moving next month and I want to make sure I say a proper thank you to everyone that already has and those who will be giving us a hand with various tasks as well as have made our time in Denmark lovely.
One of my favourite flowers are dark pink peonies and I used these as a colour reference when I did the colouring for this card, even though the stamp itself if technically a rose. Just bear with me on this.
As I planned on using my Zig markers again I got my Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock out and cut a smallish rectangle using a die from Avery Elle which has a cute stitched pattern around the edges. I dusted it generously with my anti-static tool and then stamped the Just a Rose on the left side in VersaMark ink before getting my white embossing powder out. After it was set with my heat tool I got my Zigs out and sat down to colour.
For the petals I used Dark Pink and Sugared Almond Pink which I blended together to create a dark outer petal and with a watercolour brush I gently smoothed the colour towards the base of the petal. This process isn't exactly fast but the results are definitely worth it if I may say so myself. My husband declared this my 'best colouring ever' with a slightly surprising tone of voice. It's not much of a compliment if he's that surprised though, is it?? ;-)
Armed with my Yellow Green and Light Green markers I coloured in the leaves too and the stamens in the middle are done with a mixture of Bright Yellow and Yellow. The yellow middle I blended out into the central petals a little bit to give it a very natural look.
As this is going to be a Thank You card I used the label sentiments that come with the stamp set and stamped it with Altenew Coral Berry ink, which unfortunately smudged a bit as I stamped it twice to make it really opaque. I should have stopped at one stamp but got greedy and wanted a more solid image. My bad.
This card is quite small, it's only 3"x4", but I'm hoping it will be big enough to say what I need to say to my friends. Maybe my next post will be a bigger card!
That's it from me for today,
Happy crafting from Erica
Love and Laughter,