Monday, January 31, 2011

Carnations for Mother

I've been doing a lot of experimenting with different techniques lately, trying to 'expand my horizons', so to speak. Trying to prevent my mojo from getting stale, I guess. One of the things I've had in my crafting supplies for ages were Glimmer Mists. I've made my own spray inks ages ago, but didn't really use them all too much until I got sucked into buying some luscious colors from Tattered Angels. I started making my own patterned papers with washes of color and some simple embossing. Here's a card made with one of my more 'successful' attempts.

The problem with creating a gorgeous piece of DP is that I don't want to cover anything up. The subtle changes of colors merging together, a pretty spatter of ink here, a lovely blend of colors there, etc. etc. I usually don't end up using them at all. Which defeats the purpose, so I forced myself to use this one, and leave as much of it visible as possible. 

The flowers are from Papertrey Ink's last set in the Year of Flowers series, the carnation. I gold embossed them and water colored with a combination of Tombow markers and the Glimmer Mists I used for the background paper.

I stamped some flourishes in gold as well, and cut them out too. The sentiment is from a Verve set. I may save this for Mother's Day, although I don't know for sure. I'm pretty fond of this card, LOL! I'm so happy with the result I may actually start using my pile of pretty papers after all! I'll just have to make sure and use a layout that doesn't cover up too much of it.

Hope you like it, and thanks for all the lovely comments, they really make my days so much happier!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Verve, Inkadinkado
Ink: Versamark, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Paper: Arches water color, PTI
Tools & Accessories: Filigree embossing powder, Tombow markers, water brush, seam binding, sheer ribbon, pearl headpins, Sizzix texture plate, Spellbinders Labels die


  1. That is just beautiful. I can see why you'd want to hoard that beautiful paper. Love the carnations and how you colored them.

  2. Really beautiful, so elegant, and your colours are gorgeous.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Those are carnations? Your coloring has made them so much more elegant than everyday carnations! LOVE your background paper!! Use your creations. If you don't want to cover them up too much, use them to decorate the inside of your cards, but use them and share the beauty.

  4. This is absolutly stunning. Thanks for sharing, you have inspired me to play with my glimmer mists again. Hugs, Carissa


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