Welcome to the NC Demo August Blog Hop! I missed last month so it seems like forever since I’ve posted something. I’m glad to be back in the swing of things though because I’ll be sharing lots of new stuff in the coming weeks! Our Holiday catalog will go live 9/4 and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing new items. If you’d like a copy for yourself, please let me know and I’ll get one to you.
Getting back to our blog theme, you may have just jumped over from Patricia Todd’s blog and I know she had a great project! This month we were to make a card using a flower or flowers as inspiration. I love all sorts of flowers and I really love bright colors. So when I saw this picture, it was perfect as my inspiration for this month’s card. These are African orange and yellow daisies and I think they are gorgeous!
I’ve been waiting to play with the new Pigment Sprinkles that were introduced in the Annual Catalog. We had something similar last year but the colors were not specific to SU!’s colors. But the Pigment Sprinkles are! The colors are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo.
Since I wanted to try to get as close to the colors in the inspiration picture, I decided to use both Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody. And of course, used Granny Apple Green for the leaves.
I started with a piece of our watercolor paper, sprinkled the various colors on the paper and then lightly spritzed with water. You’ll notice that my colors look a LOT darker than the samples shown in the picture above. That’s because I sprinkled a LOT of the pigment. This is a medium where a little goes a long way. You’ll need to practice to see how much you can vary the color based on how much pigment and water you use. You can also spritz the paper first and then sprinkle the pigment. It’s all a matter of preference. Since I wanted to use this paper pretty quickly, I used our heat gun to accelerate the drying process.
While still wet
My next step was to stamp various images, using different ink colors to see what I liked best. It’s a little hard to see the difference, but I used Black Memento Ink , Cajun Craze and Garden Green for the inks to stamp my images. My preference was the Daisy stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set because it showed more of the overall background color, and I liked it stamped with Black Memento Ink.
Once I decided which images to use, I punched out the daisies using our Daisy Punch and fussy cut the stem. Then I had to decide what colors of cardstock I wanted to use to create my card. After several different layouts, I decided on a Granny Apple Green base, a layer of Whisper White and a smaller layer of Basic Black. I spritzed the black card stock with water and used our Brick and Mortar Embossing folder. Next, I used a sponge dauber and Craft White ink and lightly added some color to the black layer to give the bricks a little more definition. I put my daisy together and used a Clear Faceted Gem colored with Dark Basic Black Blends for the center. The daisy and stem were mounted with dimensionals so that it would stand out a little more. All that was left was to use a piece of the leftover watercolor paper to stamp my sentiment, and I used the Here’s A Card stamp set and the 1 1/8″ Scallop punch for that. I also punched the same sized circle using Granny Apple Green cardstock to use as an offset for the sentiment.
I’m really pleased with how this turned out! It actually looks just the way I imagined it, and that doesn’t always happen 🙂 And I’m anxious to do more with the Pigment Sprinkles, they are so cool to work with. Just be sure to keep some hand wipes close by because you WILL need them. Or at least I did, lol! Thanks for visiting me and please continue on with our Blog Hop. Jo Anne Hewins is up next and I know you will love her project!
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