Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Watercolor Rose Card

Can you tell I've been busy? This is just a small portion of what I've been up to.

I've also been making boxes, stamping boxes, and messing up boxes among other things. I did get some cute boxes out of the mix though. I can't wait for you to see them!

I've also got to get busy and do some sewing projects and make Valentine's Day cards too! I don't know if I can woo-hoo right now. Sounds like a lot to pull off for an old gal like me. I thinks me needs a nap! Do I hear a 'woo-hoo' for that?

STAMPS: Dee Gruenig’s Watercolor Valentine POSH#-82
PAPER: White CS (Georgia Pacific), Black (Provo Craft stack pack), Very Vanilla (SU!)
INK: Ruby Red re-inker and marker (SU!), Clear Resist (Ranger Ind.), gold chalk ink (Anna Griffin), Baby Pink #116, Posh Pink #118, Ruby Red #114, Lime Green #127, Posh Green #129, (Dee’s Signature Series Brush Markers-Marvy), gold leafing pen (Krylon)
ACCESSORIES: Brass heart-shaped brads (CraftsEtc.), sheer gold ribbon (JoAnns Fabrics), Pop-dots, glue runner, hole punch, ruler, clear embossing powder (SU!), heat tool, Tim Holtz alcohol ink applicator, small piece of felt, rubbing alcohol, facial tissue, spray bottle of water, watercolor brush (Dick Blick)

7x10 white card stock side-folded to 7x5 / rub gold chalk ink around all four sides
Cut black stock to 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 / cut very vanilla stock to 4x6
On the very vanilla card stock use clear resist ink / stamp the Rose image randomly all over the background / emboss with clear powder
Use the ink applicator with felt attached / put several drops of the Ruby Red ink from re-inker bottle onto the felt / spritz a little alcohol onto the inked up felt to get it wet / rub the applicator all over the embossed card stock covering all the background with ink / rub off excess ink with facial tissue, being sure to clean the embossed images / use heat gun by moving it around a lot to dry the stock
Using ruler as a guide, run the gold leafing pen around all four sides of the embossed piece of card stock
Take a long piece (approximately 18 inches) of the gold ribbon and put a little strip of the glue runner on lower back of the embossed stock to hold ribbon in place / wrap the ribbon around to the front of embossed stock / bring toward the lower left edge of front and tie into a knot two times / trim the ends of ribbon as desired / take another piece, about 8 inches, of gold ribbon, and tie this around the knotted ribbon at center, (it’s a knot on a knot) / trim the ribbon ends a little shorter than the first ones / attach the embossed layer to the black layer
Using the markers directly onto the Rose image, color using the lightest color first, going to darker for detail / spray water into the air and hold stamp underneath to catch the mist stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock / using an acrylic stamp block as a paint pallet, color the markers in little circles onto the block / use the watercolor brush to pick up the color / add detail to the stamped image where desired ( I outlined the rose petals and leaves with darkest colors) / wet the paper around the outer edges of stamped image / then color with lime green in the wet area for a faded background effect / dry with the heat gun / tear around the stamped image / rub the inked up applicator used earlier around the torn edges
Attach the colored Rose image onto the black card stock / tear around the edges of the black to fit the shape of the torn Rose image / attach a brass heart-shaped brad to upper left and lower right of this layered image / use pop-dots to attach this to the front of card
Now you have an elegant card using just one stamp, some paper, a little ribbon and two brads.

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