Sometimes you want to send someone a card “just because.” It’s not their birthday, anniversary, a holiday, etc. You just want to brighten any ordinary day. Today’s CAS (clean & simple) card is perfect for just such an occasion.
(Note: I’m not sure why my card base and focal panel look like different shades of white in my photos. I promise they match! LOL)
I started with a piece of white cardstock cut at 2 x 3″. I stamped it with the vase/stem image from the Pictogram stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® Since I was working with pretty small images for this focal point, I just inked everything using Stampin’ Write markers instead of ink pads. This allowed me to do some multi-color stamping, too. I used Pool Party for the vase and Cucumber Crush for the stems.
On a separate scrap piece of white cardstock, I stamped three of the flower images from the same stamp set in Watermelon Wonder then cut them out with the coordinating punch. I placed the flowers on a piece of fun foam then used a stylus to press down in the center of each flower to curl the petals up a bit for added dimension. Once that was done, I added a small pearl in the center of each flower.
Since I used Pool Party ink, I decided to try and recreate the look of antique milk glass for the vase. (This bowl was my inspiration.) I started by going over the upper rim of the stamped vase image with the fine tip of my marker to give it a bit more definition. I then went over the entire vase image using my clear Wink of Stella pen to move the ink around a bit to soften it out add a little sparkle. Finally, I added a layer of Crystal Effects to give it the glassy look. Once the Crystal Effects was dry, I was actually pretty pleased with how it turned out. I think I accomplished my goal of recreating the look of milk glass.
I matted my vase panel on a piece of Pool Party cardstock then adhered it to an A2 top-folding card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the “just because” sentiment from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set using Pool Party ink centered just below my focal panel. Once I had the basic card assembled, I adhered the flowers using glue dots.
To finish off the card, I added a couple of rhinestones around the sentiment for a little extra bling. I also rounded the two lower corners with the 1/2″ side of my Corner Chomper to help soften the card a bit more.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Pals Paper Arts – the current theme is a color challenge (Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party).
- CAS Colours & Sketches – the current theme is Sketch #164.
Until next time …