I had been thinking about colouring this sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) called Peony Garden, for quite some time but never managed to get round to it! Until yesterday! I was inspired by a card made by fellow demo Deborah Noe who did just that and it made a brilliant card!
If you enjoy colouring, you’d love doing this because it did take quite a time to do and it was very relaxing. I started using Stampin’ Blends but found I couldn’t control where the colour was going very well. I changed over Stampin’ Write Markers and found they were very much better. I practised with a few different greens and chose Pear Pizzazz. I found that by using my marker to gently “stroke” the image rather than going in as I would normally to get proper coverage, I was able to get the colour to go where I wanted it to. It was relatively easy not to go over the edges. Frequently my “stroke” was too light and didn’t reach the image! This was better than being too heavy and spoiling my DSP!
After I had finished all the leaves and the stems, I started testing different colours for the flower heads on my test piece of DSP. Deborah had used Real Red for hers and that is the colour I eventually finished up with after trying Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, and Cherry Cobbler. After I had finished colouring the whole sheet, I adhered it onto a middle layer of Real Red Cardstock (CS) and then onto a Whisper White CS card base. I added a top layer of Whisper White CS inside my card onto a middle layer of Real Red CS. As I hadn’t used a stamp set to decorate the front of my card, the only choice I had for the inside of the card was to fussy cut a portion of the DSP. After I had finished colouring the image I adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner.
All the time I had been working on my card, I was on a team training Zoom call which was organised by my team leader’s team leader! By the time the training was finished, it was later than I would have liked it to be. To save some time, I had a look in my Real Red and Whisper White “left-overs” Ziplock bags to see what I had to decorate the front of my card! I found a Real Red and Whisper White MERRY CHRISTMAS sentiment (probably from a retired stamp set). In the Whisper White bag, I found a die-cut circle which had been embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. In the Real Red bag, I found some die-cut open circles that always made me think of the crown of thorns Christ wore when he was crucified.
We currently have something similar but with a solid circle in the middle in the Painted Labels Dies that match the Painted Poppies Stamp Set. I die-cut the Whisper White CS embossed die-cut circle using a smaller Stitched Shape Circle die so it would fit inside the Real Red CS circle. Before I started adding the sentiment to my card, I added a narrow strip of Real Red CS and then I added a Whisper White CS strip I found in my left-over bag (from a retired punch)! After I adhered the strips across the centre of the card, I adhered the Real Red CS circle and put the Whisper White CS circle popped up on Dimensionals in the centre. I adhered the Whisper White CS circle with the embossed lines at an angle – this was a mistake – so I added the sentiment so it was straight with the embossed lines! Finally, I painted the flowers using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I’m very happy how my card turned out although I’m not sure about the sentiment being at an angle!! I may end up removing it and putting it on straight! What do you think?
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”