Monday 4 June 2018

Beautiful Day- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
I have little to no time to stamp but did manage to get a card ready for our super theme at 

This month we are having an 'Use a Previous Challenge' right?!

You can find a list of our previous challenges at the blog on the top tab.
We are welcoming our guest this month, Stef Perry from 'Perry Papercrafts'.
Please come check out the wonderful inspiration by the DT's.

I just got this wonderful flower set from Altenew called Charmed so when I looked through the list of previous challenges, #11 (Focus on Background Stamping) seemed the perfect one to use with this beautiful stamp set.

I began with a watercoloured background that I had made using the Splash Watercolour Technique.  
Basically what I did for this technique was to rub some Oxide inks onto a non-stick craft mat, sprayed with a bit of water and slapped my paper into the wet ink.  Love how the colours blend.
Next, I placed the piece into my Misti and stamped the flowers with black ink trying to cover in as much as the background as I could.  I left a bit of space to stamp the sentiment in the center then clear embossed it all with clear powder.
I took the same Distress Oxide inks that I had used on my background and watercoloured in the flowers leaving some of them open for the background to still be visible.
When it was dry, I added a few drops of Nuvo Drops to some of the open areas.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
Please check out our challenge and come and play with us.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
Crafting from the Heart- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Charmed (Altenew)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Oxide (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; clear eb powder; heat tool; Mister (TH);
non-stick mat (Ranger); paintbrush; Nuvo Drops


cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely beautiful Karen, Kate x x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! Yes Beautiful is the name of this card.

nancy littrell said...

Using your splash technique was perfect for your stamped background flowers. Your sentiment fit beautifully in the more open area. Love the #11 challenge you chose, Karen. TFS Hugs..

Verna Angerhofer said...

It is a beautiful card too with that lovely background for those flowers.

I Card Everyone said...

Karen, my day just got more beautiful!

Bonnie said...

Love the wonderful shading of the blues and the lovely large flowers, Karen! A beautiful card for a beautiful day!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love the blues. I've been playing with this stamp too ... such wonderful delicate lines.

Pat said...

The focus is definitely on that gorgeous Altenew stamp Karin and love the pretty blue tones, and love the way you have filled in some of the flowers with the same blue ink, and also added the Nuvo drops in blue. The simple large sentiment looks great too. x

Susan said...

All those beautiful blues make my heart sing! Such a lovely card!

Christine Alexander said...

beautiful Karen, love the infill on the flowers with the blue. I hope you get some down time soon :) Life just gets too busy.

Aileen said...

So wish I had bought this set, hovered over the button about three times but didnt. Your colouring of it is just perfect, I love how you have used it mf. xx

kiwimeskreations said...

What a gorgeous card Karen, and I love how you have added colour to the flowers while still having it look like part of the background.

Craftychris said...

Absolutely gorgeous card. Fabulous background for your beautiful flowers - love the technique you used for them - wonderful! xxx

CherylQuilts said...

Karen, this is GORGEOUS! Chuckling as I have this stamp -- because you enabled me! Haha! No surprise there, right? Beautifully done with the lovely variations of blue, and I love how you finished it and added a perfect sentiment! You are such a delight and so talented, my friend! Love you and sending hugs! xoxo

Jeanne H said...

A really beautiful card, Karen. I do so love blue and your blue flowers are so striking. Lovely card!

Loll said...

Gorgeous card Karen. LOVE this beautiful design with the flowers all around the outside and the center left for the sentiment. Beautiful design! xx

Lisa Lara said...

WOW Karen this is gorgeous!

froebelsternchen said...

Just so beautiful!

Esther Asbury said...

Such a pretty card, Karen! I love the pretty background and the blues you used to showcase those flowers!
I'd love for you to link up to the brand new challenge over on Cropstop. (It's always anything goes as long as you use a product or two from one of the companies carried in the store. You did!)

Esther Asbury said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Cropstop -- I hope you'll join us again sometime!

Stef Perry said...

Karen, I love the monochromatic blue palette with loads of variation in the intensity of color in the background and the beautiful watercolored flowers. Such a lovely card!

Viv said...

Sorry so late commenting this time Karen! gorgeous card,loving the blue and those fabulous flowers,love it,love it,love it mf 😀 hugs Viv xx

Ericka Strange said...

Great background and I love the blue and these flowers. So pretty.

TaeEun said...

Beautiful tone on tone background!!! Subtle coloring in the flowers makes a huge difference! Gorgeous card, Karen!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Love the different and beautiful shades of blue on these lovely flowers, the bold sentiment fits perfectly among them.
Awesome card.

Bobby said...

Even though the entire card is blue, you have managed to make the flowers stand on their own, Karen. Beautiful design.

Daria said...

Another beauty! I could look through your blog all day. Thank you for sharing this lovely card and explaining how you made it.