Tuesday, September 1, 2015

You're the Best

The Essentials by Ellen August Pin-Sights challenge uses a bright, summery mood board for the inspiration:

For this card, I was inspired by the diagonal stripes and flowing lines of the dress. The one "deviation" I made was using more of a red than hot pink. On my computer screen, the pink in the dress looked more red. Oh well!

I began by cutting a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper to 4.25x5.5". I marked diagonal lines lightly in pencil on the panel, and used those to line up my "Classic Triple Scallop" die by Spellbinders. I ran that through my Grand Calibur die cutting machine to cut out all the strips. Like I did with this card, I made sure to number the strips on the back as I cut, so I could reassemble them in order without any trouble.

After I finished cutting my strips, I decided what order I wanted my colors in. I used Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Abandoned Coral on 5 of the strips, leaving the remaining sections plain. I applied the inks directly to the paper, and then spritzed the strips with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist. I also misted the white sections. Then I set those aside to dry.

For the floral elements, I used some of the dies from the "Wild Garden" set, part of the Essentials by Ellen line, as well as one of the leaves from "Bold Blossom." I die cut the "leafier" elements from a light green cardstock. For the large flower, I created my own gold embossed cardstock, by smooshing Versamark ink onto a piece of white cardstock, and heat embossing it with Ranger Gold embossing powder. Then I die cut my flower from that, keeping only the outline portion. I inked a piece of 90 lb. watercolor paper with a light application of Abandoned Coral, then die cut the flower from that for the center portions of the petals.

By this time my background strips were dry. I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25x5.5", and applied adhesive to one side with my Xyron Creative Station. Then I stuck my strips to that, going from the bottom right corner up. Then it was time to adhere the floral elements.

I ran the green pieces through my Xyron Sticker Maker, to coat the back side with adhesive. I just placed the flower where I wanted it, then used that as a guide to adhere my leaf & stem pieces. Finally, I glued the gold floral outline piece to my panel with my 2-way glue pen. I glued in the pink pieces, and used Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls in the center. Finally, I cut off the parts that were hanging over the edges.

For the greeting, I used one from the "Word Labels" stamp & die set by Sizzix. I stamped it on a piece of 90 lb. watercolor paper in Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with gold. I die cut that with one of the dies in the set, and inked the piece with Abandoned Coral. I cut the very top edge off, and traced around the scalloped edges with a black gel pen. After that dried, I adhered it to my card front. To finish, I mounted the finished panel to a white A2 card base. I will be sending this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids. Hopefully it can brighten the day of a teen girl who is in the hospital!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges;

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"
Send a Smile 4 Kids "Anything Goes 4 Kids"
Live Love Cards September "Sparkle & Shine"


  1. I really, really LOVE the colors for this challenge AND on your card. Making the colors diagonal for the background made it very interesting and fun. Great!

  2. hello Andrea! this is sooooo pretty, you have captured the inspiration nicely....so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*


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