I made this Card for a very Special Friend this weekend. I have not seen her for so long and I miss her a lot. It was her Birthday so I wanted to let her know that even though life is sometimes ridiculously busy and I don’t get to see her as often as I used to (which was everyday at work!), that it doesn’t mean I don’t think of her often (soppy or what!) so I made this. It’s my absolutely favourite floral stamp in the world (ahem Ms Douglass, I think I am turning into a one woman fan club!) and as I am sure I have mentioned before Rose’s are my absolute favorite flower in the whole wide world 🙂
So, because Emma absolutely loves this shade of green I started with the base card and decorated with some of my very special, expensive, highly prized and rarely used handmade japanese washi paper! (am i getting across how special this paper is to me LOL!) I even decorated the back of the card! and the inside, extravagant I know, but worth it …..
I stamped the huge and gorgeous Rose floral corner on our fabulous Watercolour card which is absolutely the best thing since sliced bread for stamping and believe it or not watercolouring :). Coloured with Derwent watercolour pencils. I love the effect watercolouring gives, and it makes a nice change from copics, so I really enjoyed doing this.
Once finished there was just far too much white space around the rose and it stood out on the card like a sore thumb, it just was not working for me. So when in doubt, get the distress inks out 🙂 I wanted to achieve a similar green to the card base and beautiful washi paper, but I didn’t have a distress ink for the job, but after some experimentation I found layering, Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss, gave me the perfect colour green that I needed….. happy days. so layered up on the front of the card (with a tiny sliver of gold mirror card) and stamped finally with the perfect sentiment – Voila, all finished, and I have to admit I was very very happy with the finished result.
I Dont’ think you can see very well in the photo’s but I traced the swirl with my new FAVE pens spica Glitter from Copic, if you have not tried them, please don’t wait, insist that there put in your xmas stocking because its a seriously glittery pen, but not at all like the ones we crafters have had now for a long time and a bit childish….. These are glitter pens for GROWN UPS 😉 you need them. I traced the swirls with the black and then added some highlight with a gold leafing pen…..
So, even thought I am sure she does not read my blog, or even know what a blog is….. Emma Shipley, this is for you, Happy Birthday from me to you, hope it got through the xmas post un-scathed 🙂