I have been loving the weather we’ve been having the past few days. I’m not a lover of a lot of heat and humidity, so temps below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 50’s are greatly appreciated! I also love dedicating time during the day to making things for people who are special to me (and sometimes for charities that work to make people I don’t know feel special), but today I’m sharing a card I made for someone who I used to work with. She was the kind of person who made me feel special and appreciated and respected so I wanted to make her a card to let her know I was thinking about her.
I am a slow cardmaker, so this card was created over the last week. It all started with this sketch from My Favorite Things:
It sparked an idea because I knew I had some border dies from My Favorite Things that I could use the create the curved lines at the bottom of the card and I wanted to do some ink blending so I got to work.
Here’s the finished card so you can see what I am talking about it while I describe its creation:
(All products are from My Favorite Things unless I specify another brand name.)
I used Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB Smooth Solar White for the background ink blending. I started with cutting the curves from Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired) and then ink blending them using Gumdrop Green and Elf Green (retired) inks with my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. I was OK with some variation in color because I thought it would add some texture and interest.
The sky was done with the Sun Ray Mix-ables Stencil from My Favorite Things (retired – but similar to Sunrise Radiating Rays Stencil) I blended Pineapple ink onto the background and used the stencil to add the Orange Zest layer which I let fade out as I worked away from the sun at the center. With so much going on in the background, I could keep the card fairly flat, which makes for easy mailing.
Next up came the flowers. I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink with stamps and Die-namics from the Beautiful Day set (retired) on Arches 140lb hot pressed watercolor paper. The flowers were painted using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set and my Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 4 Round which was great in the tight spots. I tried to keep it a bit loose and I wanted to have the colors stay generally bright.
I created enough flowers and mushrooms to add some to the envelope.
The sentiment is also from Beautiful Day, stamped with Onyx Black Ink on vellum and die cut with the Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-namics (retired).
I hope at the very least that this card makes my friend feel appreciated and hopefully it’ll also bring a smile to her face!
I’ll be entering this into Simon Says June Instagram Challenge which is Ink Blending, as well as My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #493.
Thanks so much for sticking with me. I like to share what I’ve used just in case someone reads this and wants to make something, too. I hope you have many beautiful days ahead!