Friday, 29 February 2008

(Another) Happy Day?

I made this card using the flower trio stamp from the Happy Day stamp set which forms part of the Happy Day "Simply Sent" set. Although the Simply Sent sets are completely self-sufficient in their own right, I think SU have created some really lovely stamp sets for the Simply Sent sets... and this one is so cute and versatile that it can be used for a number of other cards and projects once you've used up the contents of the Simply Sent set.

I stamped the flower trio stamp with clear Versamark and embossed the image with SU black embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock. I thereafter watercoloured the image using three ink refills (Real Red, Old Olive and Brocade Blue i.e. the same inks used for the card in the previous post... well, I told you I was playing!) and lots of water! If you haven't tried it before, my tip for this type of colouring would be to water down the ink and build up colour very gradually. If you use too much ink/not enough water it is very almost impossible to blend. (In this regard, inks are not at all like watercolour paint nor the SU Watercolour Wonder Crayons). If you build up the colour gradually, it makes a very good colouring medium... you can use some ink from your existing ink pads (either by pressing the lid onto the pad before opening the pad - and using the colour from the lid - or by tapping some ink onto a piece of plastic or laminate etc and using that to work with; I recently picked up a little plastic plate for 99p).

I've painted watered down Brocade Blue ink in a circular shape around the top three quarters of the stamped image, with a small amount of watery Old Olive ink at the foot of the image (to give an appearance of sky and grass, maybe?). The patterned paper was a scrap from my desk. The "happy day" sentiment was stamped with Brocade Blue ink and I've adhered Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue using a glue pen around the flower stamped image and in a line below the patterned paper. The ribbon is SU blue gingham ribbon.

Quick and easy, but I think it looks really effective. I've made a number of similar cards in different colour-schemes and I'll post those separately.

This card looks really modern, minimalist and fresh when you see it in your hands; it definitely loses something in the photo!

I've just noticed that it has just changed from Thursday to Friday. Friday is certainly a happy day, as far as I'm concerned - my favourite day of the week! Reason enough to celebrate...

1 comment:

Anne said...

Hi Elaine, this is lovely - it IS very nice and fresh, I love that colour combo!