Apr 30, 2017

All My Love

This is one of those very rare cards (at least for me!) that comes together just as I envisioned it.  Although it isn't a true birthday card, this is what I am giving my mom for her 84th birthday this June.  Grab a cup and have a seat - this post is a bit photo heavy.

What I Used to Make my Card:
Lilac Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Memory Box Fairytale Border, #98473
Die-Versions Whispers Fence Background #DVW-314
Sentiment from SemSee's Designs for Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine (Jan 2017)
Hero Arts Bubble Gum Ink
Craft Mat
Zig Clean Color Markers in Light Green, May Green, Carmine Red, Light Carmine, Cobalt Blue, Light Violet & Yellow
Detail Tip Watercolor Brush
White Cardstock

I knew I wanted to watercolor the flowers on the Fairytale Border so I used watercolor paper for the die cut.  I have found that for vibrant watercolor nothing beats Zig Clean Color Markers, and if you like to watercolor, I strongly suggest you grab a set.  Since there is more green than any other color, that is what I used first.  I just sort of scribbled the light green and may green markers around where I wanted the green to go.   

Then, as I blended the greens together, I added more where I felt there may be a bit of color lacking.  The process is very forgiving, as long as you dry your cardstock in between adding colors.   

Then it was time to play with the flowers.  Most of them are colored with just one color, but I wanted the largest blooms to stand out a bit more so I used two reds to color them; carmine red and light carmine.  The picture on the left shows how I colored the flowers with the light carmine, pulling the color from the tip of the flower to the inside.  The picture on the right shows where I colored the inside of the blooms with the darker carmine red.  All I did was just keep blending with the detail water brush, drying 
the flowers and stems in between the blending, and adding more color as needed to achieve the look I wanted.  Once I finished with the border, I die cut the fence background and wove the flowers throughout.

I chose the sentiment from a set of free stamps I had gotten and stamped it onto white card using bubble gum pink ink.  Lastly, I attached the fence and flowers to the card base, then I attached the sentiment, gently placing it under the flowers and lining it up with the fence.
Another Look
All of the dies I used here are brand new and I can see many more uses for both of them.  In fact, I am putting more "background" dies on my wish list!

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Have a GREAT week! Christi

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  1. Very pretty! Love the watercolored die cuts.

  2. WOW! What a simply beautiful creation Christi! Fabulous idea to watercolor your vine/flowers ... wonderful design! Thanks for inspiration! (Love your garden photo setting too ... beautiful tulips!)

  3. What a nice watercolor card for your Mom. Really looks like a spring card with all of the beautiful colored flowers. Love your picture in the center of the tulips too.

  4. I love our flower garden and lattice background. The vibrant colors are stunning

  5. What a darling card Christi! The fairy tale border is so sweet and colored just perfectly. Such a cheerful card for a young at heart lovely lady. <3

  6. Beautiful card, Christi! Love the sweet flowers on the fence background. Your mom is going to love and cherish this card!

  7. it can be so tedious to cut all those flowers in different papers, but the result is so worth it! what a beautiful card!



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