Sunday, May 27, 2012

IHP Spring Botanical


Thanks for popping in to visit me today! I sincerely love it when you do, especially since I've been MIA so much for the last several months.

Today, I made this elegant wasp card. I don't normally thing of wasps as elegant, but this gorgeous image from my Spring Botanical set defies common waspish nastiness!


I coloured this image using the following distress markers; wild honey, rusty hinge, walnut stain, pumice stone, and white picket fence across the eyes for a little highlight. First, I stamped  the lovely shaped background on walnut creme cardstock using Pumice Stone distress ink. I cut the image by hand and sponged the edges with Pumice Stone. Then, I stamped the wasp slightly off center using rich cocoa memento ink on top of the pumice stone background.


I then stamped the wasp twice more on watercolour paper using rich cocoa memento ink. I coloured these images using distress markers and blended the colours using my handy dandy aquapainter, but it's almost as easy to use a little water colour brush and a bit of water. I cut the images and mounted them on the walnut creme base and added a little sparkle to the wings with stardust stickles. I wish all wasps looked this lovely!! I'm sure they do and I'm just too busy swatting at them to notice!


After I assembled all the parts, I stamped the sentiment from the Spring Botanical set in the corner using black soot distress ink. I sponged the edges of all the Carefree pattern paper - the darker papers were sponged using gathered twigs and the lighter using pumice stone.


I layered my watermelon crochet trim with ivory satin ribbon because I love the depth, and this coral colour is one of my all time favourite colours.


I lined up these lovely blooms just because I like them...

Thanks to all the people who make up challenges every week! I love them, and I appreciate the inspiration so much! If you have time, do stop by the challenge blogs I have listed for a little inspiration for yourself - I know it really helps me!

stamps; spring botanical (gourmet rubber stamps from ihp)
paper; carefree (authentique from ihp), walnut creme, flintstone (bazzill), watercolour paper - 140lb cold press (strathmore)
ink; black soot, gathered twigs, pumice stone distress inks, distress ink markers (ranger from ihp), rich cocoa memento ink (tsukineko from ihp)
accessories; watermelon crochet trim (may arts from ihp), ivory satin ribbon (offray), stardust stickles (ranger from ihp), doily die (marianne desgins), flowers (recollections)

splitcoast inspiration challenge IC338 - charming charlie 
deconstructing jen - sketch challenge ds53 
craft a scene - spring flowers
crafts & me - fabulous flowers 
creative card crew - dimension
crafty calendar - things with wings
ladybug crafts - things with wings
scrap creations - bingo (glitter, flower, ribbon)
party time tuesday - shabby chic 
our creative corner - shabby chic 

12 comments:

Chris D. said...

Wow! Your card is amazing! Love it!

Joanna said...

Love the glitter of those waspy wings! Thanks so much for joining in the dimensional challenge this fortnight with Creative Card Crew!
~Jo

Sophie said...

Eine fantastische Karte und ein wunderschöner Blog
Du inspirierst mich.

Liebe Grüße

Sharon said...

I agree, your card has a waspish elegance to it! I love the pattern paper you chose to work with. very beautiful and fitting for this card. and the layered wings on your wasp really makes it pop.
thank you for playing along with us @ OCC. Join us again, I'd love to see more of your work.

Unknown said...

That is an elegant looking wasp. Your card is so beautiful. The pink crocheted lace layered over the white satin ribbon is beautiful.

NancyD said...

Loretta, this is a really great card! The layering and distressing are wonderful. It really isn't a scene and doesn't qualify for the prize, but I love it anyway. Thanks for joining us at Craft a Scene. NancyD

Sue said...

Hello Loretta.
I agree we do not usually see wasps as elegant, but you have succeeded in making this one very much so. It looks like it should be set up in one of those museum drawers for specimens!!!! So life like you have made an excellent job of colouring., your Bg layers and elements soften up the whole card beautifully.
Thank you so very much for joining us this week at OCC, we are so pleased to see your work.
Smiles:)
Sue

Tui Nathan said...

What a fabulous card Loretta ... love all the layers and super detailing ...
Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Deanna said...

Great Card. Love all the layers and details to it!

Jennifer Shults said...

Oooh! I love how vintage and fabulous this is. So much texture and depth! LOVE it!

Seafield Jo said...

This is a beautifully crafted card, fabulous layout.

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge and good luck.

Jo :)

Diane's Card Designs said...

Beautiful card! A fabulous layout and love the lace and ribbon.
Thanks for joining us at LCI Challenge this fortnight.
Diane xx

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