I hope that life's been treating you kind. I've been lucky enough to have a few spare hours today and so I spent them in my craft room doing what makes me happy :)
The card that I want to share with you today is one that I've made for this month's Penny Black and More challenge which is 'Summer Flowers.' I've pondered over this one for the last week or so as I have so many flower stamps and wasn't really sure where to start. When I think of Summer, I think of Summer colours which are the sunshine colours......yellows, oranges, and reds; and so this is where I started..............
I started my card by using Ink Dusters to colour the whole of the white matt card with Impress Lemon Yellow. I then masked off the sun and dusted yellow and orange ink around it. I pinched the Ink Duster to make shadows across the sun and in the rest of the sky. I knew that I wanted to make a statement with the red poppy and so this was the first flower that I stamped. I then replicated the stamp using fine detailed black embossing powder and coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers. Once I was happy with the colour, I then glued it on top of the original Poppy stamp. I then went on to stamp various wild meadow flowers in Memento Rich Cocoa along the bottom of the card. I thought that stamping in brown, rather than black would give a more subtle effect and blend in better with the yellow and oranges. Once this was done, I dusted orange and red ink along the base of the card to give it some depth. I finished the card by adding a Tortoiseshell Butterfly which I printed off and then cut it out to give a more realistic effect. I also stamped on orange card and cut out a stamped image to make the words 'Live, Laugh and Love' which I think are perfect Summer sentiments. The base card was cream and so I mounted the image onto a vibrant orange card to match the butterfly. I'm really happy with how the card turned out and for me, it does conjour up images of Summer; and of Summer flowers.
Stamps used are by Inkylicious and Lavinia; and inks are by Memento, Adirondack and Impress.