Happy New Year everyone ! We had a wonderful time celebrating last night with good friends until the wee hours of the morning. I can never sleep in, so here I am enjoying the morning in my craft room with a cup of tea.
I have a good view of the snow & trees in our backyard from my craft room. It's very pretty but I'm dreaming about tropical places & flowers !
I created this card using the Cathie Allan "Stamp Smoosh" technique, which is easy. I enjoyed taking a class with Cathie at the Scrapfest show last Fall. This stamp is a Poinsettia but I used tropical colours which is a vibrant change from all the Christmas cards and snow themes etc.
This stamp, F5434 Poinsettia Bloom by Hero Art, is a solid image which works well with the 'stamp smoosh' technique. (start with your lightest colour, stamp down hard and give your wrist a little twist to 'smoosh' the ink) Fluid Chalk Inks work well as they dry quickly to allow you to 'lay down' your next colour. I used heavy white card stock and ColourBox Fluid Chalk Ink set Ocean Breeze - starting with Lime Pastel, then Ice Jade and finally Aquamarine. I stamped the flower out again with ColourBox Pigment Harbour, in a 'normal' manner. I embossed these with clear powder. I stamped out one extra flower to cut and pop up on the card. I have a hard time making a card without some kind of dimension added.
Because the background has a lot going on, I really didn't want to cover it up with much else. I added some ribbon, a charm and a few lime green stickles on the darkest flowers and matted onto co-ordinating card stock. I used a nestability label - S4347 with a sentiment from Inkadinkado (96614 set) which was also stamped with Colourbox Harbour Pigment Ink, embossed with clear and then inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink using the die for a mask.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the best for a Happy, Healthy & Creative 2012 !