Friday 1 April 2022

Wildflower Garden

Here is today's card I created after watching a Friday Night Live with Vicki Boutin.
For any of you that don't know Vicki, she is a Canadian Mixed Media artist that has a line of products with American Crafts.
Every Friday night, she does a live on FB and YouTube, all free!
One of my favourite products she has is her Art Crayons.  That's what I used on this card.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a piece of white cardstock for my card front.  I got out my Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and rubbed some purple and blue onto a piece of acetate.  I picked up the crayon with a stencil brush and rubbed it onto my cardstock, blending the colours together, fading out towards the edges of the panel.
  • These crayons are water soluble so when I was happy with the inking, I took the Messy Grid stencil from ACLD and using a wet stencil brush, I rubbed over it, lifting some of the ink and revealing the white cardstock underneath.
  • Using some Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink, I stamped some script randomly over the bkg to add more interest, then splattered with my white and black Posca pen.  **I get a lot of questions about the splatters using my Posca pen.  When I want to add splatters, I press the tip of the pen onto my work surface to get the ink flowing a little bit, then I hold the pen over my project and tap it using a metal ruler.**
  • As that dried, I looked through my stash of die cuts to find some flowers that would work on my card front.  I like to die cut in advance using leftover scraps and keep them in a folder for future use.  I found these and thought they worked great.
  • When the panel was dry, I placed it into my Misti and rubbed it with my anti-static bag.  I stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession using some black Versafine Clair, then clear heat embossed it.
  • I glued the flowers along the bottom of the card front panel, then onto a heavy white card base.

Here is the stencil I used in the background

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 Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANTHING GOES
Try it on Tues.- SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

Stamps- To Everything There is a Season (IO); Script (Penny Black)
Inks- Vicki Boutin Art Crayons; Distress Oxides; Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Messy Grid stencil (ACLD); Posca pens; Anti-static bag;
Lawn Fawn clear eb powder; stencil brush; Wildflower Stems dies- (TH-Sizzix); 
Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Spellbinders Platinum die cutting machine


Lori m said...

Gorgeous, I wish my backgrounds would come out as pretty as you make. I will keep trying, gorgeous card, hugs, Lori m

Lin said...

Beautiful, Karen, so much loveliness!

cuilliesocks said...

Beautifully designed card Karen and such lovely colours, Kate x

Susan said...

Fabulous card, Karen! Love the technique with the crayons that you used for the background - I must try that as I never think to use my watercolour crayons. Beautiful combination of colours!

Robyn Oliver said...

Love this card Karen, gorgeous colours, Robyn

Christine Alexander said...

beautiful effect with the crayons on your background Karen♥

kiwimeskreations said...

What a gorgeous card Karen - love the colours you have used and all the texture you have crested

Pat said...

A wonderful combination in pink, blue and purple Karen and the background using the Art Crayons and a brush to cover the background works beautifully, and the water bleached dots are great, also the complementary die cut flowers are perfect over the top..a brilliant card. x

Susan said...

This is beautiful - possibly my favourites of your recent cards. Love the colour, the water stencilling, the subtle text stamping, and the beautiful die cut wildflowers.

Bonnie said...

I never had much luck with watercolor crayons but you got fantastic results! Wonderful colors and blending, my friend!

Loll said...

LOVE the gorgeous colours of your multi-level inked, stenciled and stamped background Karen. Makes a great backdrops for your beautiful wildflowers. xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a stunning card! The colours and wildflowers look so beautiful 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! Hugs Jo x

Mac Mable said...

Striking colours and the most wonderful vibrant card....great splats too Karen x.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! How very beautiful, great inspiration too.
Faith x

Steffiehexe said...

Thank you for joining CUYL!
The background is lovely and with the flower in the front - perfect.
Greetings from Germany,