Hello, again! I’m back with another card today. I know! I’m just as surprised as you are… two days in a row. If I’ve got ‘em I might as well share ‘em. I had this pretty Sweet Nature set sitting out on my stamp table with a mask for the flowers already cut, so I thought I might as well color it up and cut into a fresh paper pad at the same time.
The papers are Alla-Prima by, of course, Prima. Stampin’ Up! folks would recognize these colors as Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, and Bermuda Bay. They’re an exact match. I used Sahara Sand textured cardstock for the card base, and Crushed Curry ribbon. I stamped the flower image on Flourishes’ Classic White cardstock, masked it and stamped the script in Sahara Sand. After that I was really stumped as to what color to use for the flowers.
Bermuda Blue is an improbable flower color, and too much Curry is… well… too much Curry. I’m not sure why the flower color had to be such a tough decision, but this is one reason stamping is a slow process for me. Finally, I decided to go bold with a deep red. There’s a bit of that Curry color in the flower centers, and I sponged some Sahara Sand onto the image panel which, I hope, brings the whole thing together.
The coloring was done with Prismacolor Markers – alcohol markers just like Copics (but less expensive). They do a great job if you’ve got the right combo of colors for blending. I’m torn between rounding out my Prisma collection or collecting all the Various Inks for my Copic markers. I do love all those beautiful Copic colors… A decision for another day. These are the Prisma colors I used:
- Flowers: Carmine Red, Mahogany Red, Dark Umber, Spanish Orange
- Leaves: Avacado, Dark Olive Green
I used the Copic Colorless Blender to add highlights to the flower petals.
I know some of you are wondering about LuLu, so I’m happy to tell you her surgery went just fine. As I write this she’s not home yet and it’s mighty quiet around here. Poor baby didn’t want to leave her Mama so I had to walk her back to the kennel area. She was frightened and trembling, knowing something funny was going on. After lots of hugs and smooches and sweet talk I left her with one of her favorite soft toys and hurried away without looking back. It just about broke my heart, but I know everything will be good in the end. I’ll be there bright and early in the morning to pick her up!
Take good care of yourselves and I’ll be back when stamping happens. I’ll be home having quiet time with LuLu this week so when we’re not cozied up on the couch I’ll be in my stamp room as much as possible. See you soon!
Stamps: Sweet Nature (Flourishes) Paper: Sahara Sand textured, Flourishes Classic White, Alla-Prima designer paper Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler (sentiment), Prismacolor alcohol markers as listed above Accessories: Ribbon, pearls, Martha Stewart branch punch, 1 1/4” circle punch, Spellbinders Labels Eleven and Labels Four, Scotch brand foam mounting tape