Hey, hey, heeeey! It's Tuesday and it's Lisa...so that means it's #TexturalTuesday. :D I'm pretty excited about today's card as it's a birthday card for my mom. Shhhh...I don't want her to see it, but I LOVE THIS CARD!! (Am I allowed to say that? I mean...is it cool?)
Lots going on with today's card, but I'm trying to keep it simple. You don't need to see me coloring, but I'll show you my basic approach. And there are squillions of videos out there to watch (including many of our own awesome designers here at Ellen Hutson) other than me. So check them out instead. ;)
This card has lots of visual interest and color. LOTS of color. It makes me smile.
I started by stamping the Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Mondo Hydrangea image and two extra sets of the flowers using Archival Ink in Black onto Strathmore Paper. All of the the individual flowers were colored the same way using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers starting with the darkest color towards the center and the lightest colored last, as you can see below. I blended the colors together using a waterbrush. (The darkest color was added AFTER this photo, but it IS my process. I promise!)
Once everything was colored to my liking, the images were die-cut using the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Mondo Hydrangea by Julie Ebersole. The white edges were colored with a light blue Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker and blended with a water brush. (The leaf was colored and die-cut the same way.) Dimension is added to the center of each flower after coloring by using Liquid Pearls in Daffodil.
To create a bit of background other than the patterned paper, a circle was die-cut and three Distress Inks in blue hues (Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, and Salty Ocean) were blended together. Since EVERYONE likes shimmer (am I right?) I put a few drops of the Izink ink in Topaz onto my work surface and added some water to it. Then smooshed my circle into it. This made it all nice and shiny! Yay!! I then used a heat tool to dry it since I was using a thinner paper. I also used the Essential by Ellen Clear Stamps, Bokeh Dots by Julie Ebersole and Delicata Gold Ink to stamp a few random gold dots on top of that. It's just the right touch.
The Avery Elle patterned paper was adhered down first, then the blue circle. The edge of the blue circle was trimmed off to make it a bit more interesting. A leftover piece of the patterned paper was reversed and I used that for contrast and it was adhered towards the bottom of the card.
For the flower I used THREE types of adhesive foam squares. Yeppers! The regular ½" square ones, the ¼" square ones AND the same sized ones but thin. So...lots of foam happening. The thin ones were used for the backs of the individual flowers. I wanted them to have dimension but not be in your face - POW! Y'know? But the back of the flower itself has the original ½" thick foam squares, as does the stem. Just cut in half.
For the sentiment I used the Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps Wish Big, by Julie Ebersole and stamped the "Happy Birthday" onto a piece of Licorice Twist cardstock by Bazzill using Versamark Ink. It was then heatset using Wow! Embossing Powder in Opaque Bright White. (The paper was already pre-cut into a banner shape.) 3D Foam adhesive was added to the back and it was secured to the card.
The last step was to embellish. I thought more contrast was needed so a strip of Little B washi in black and white were added down each side of the card. I also added some beautiful clear sequins in 4mm and 6mm by Pretty Pink Posh.
I think my mom is going to love this bright and cheerful card. The card makes me smile...as does she. ♥
Here's another few looks at the card: