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March 22, 2022

SPRING WREATH

Hello!

For a really long time I have been using an old ink swatch book I made years ago.  It had turned into a hot mess - nothing added recently, too crowded, hastily organized.  So I dedicated a day a few weeks ago to dig every ink pad from every corner and restamp them all into a cleaner format. It led me to use these nice soft pastel chalk inks which I have re-fallen in love with! 

 


TECHNIQUES

direct stamping  (wreath, banner, other words)
gradient stamping  (flowers) *

* this set came with a half-circle of flowers. I used a stationary stamp positioner to stamp it repeatedly, applying different colors with some overlap

die cutting (main panel)
alcohol marker shadowing  (banner)
glitter glue  (flower centers)
low profile foam mounting  (main panel)


SUPPLIES

wreath, flowers and banner stamps - Close to My Heart My Acrylix Spring set (retired)
i and you word stamps - unmarked clear set
torn edge die - Penny Black Antique Frame #51-397
inks - Stampin' Up! Creamy Caramel, VersaMagic chalk dewdrop Pretty Pastels and Fruit Cocktail sets
gray alcohol marker - Copic
glitter glue - Stickles Frosted Lace 
low profile foam mounting tape



Sharing this card with the following Challenges:



#178 Anything Goes, using stamp older than a year (ends 3/25)
[This set is retired and I bought it pre-owned over a year ago :o) ]



And a brighter version that I put together first but it wasn't as soft as what I was going for:



TECHNIQUES

direct stamping  (wreath, banner, words)
gradient stamping  (flowers) *

* this set came with a half-circle of flowers. I used a stationary stamp positioner to stamp it repeatedly, applying different colors with some overlap

die cutting (main panel)
alcohol marker shadowing  (words) *

* I tried shadowing one side of each letter but it didn't work well due to the small space and cursive nature, so I just outlined everything to salvage it  LOL

ink swiping  (pink panel)
textured cardstock  (pink panel)


SUPPLIES

wreath, flowers and word stamps - Close to My Heart My Acrylix Spring set
stitched die - My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles set 
inks - Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa, Catherine Pooler Life of the Party mini set
gray alcohol marker - Copic 
textured cardstock - Spellbinders 




Sharing this card with the following Challenges:

Say it with Flowers  (ends 4/2)



Thanks for stopping in today!







 

6 comments:

Sharon Madson said...

I love the brighter version, Nancy. Lovely!

Heather said...

Wow, Nancy, I love the Spring colors you did for us - what a beautiful composition! This delicate wreath is just so charming! And perfectly CAS - I salute you, lol. Thanks so much for playing at Retro Rubber!

Claire Grantham said...

These are stunning, I love the delicate feel of them, perfect for Spring. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

laurie said...

Beautiful cards! Love those wreathes. Thanks for playing along this week at The Paper Players!

Let's Art Journal said...

What beautiful cards! The wreath of rainbow flowers looks stunning with the wording - perfect 😁. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! Hugs Jo x

Jaydee said...

I love this wreath and how you showcased it on different cards. I do love both of them, but my favorite is the first. So delicate. so glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players
Jaydee