Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

You Are Capable of Amazing Things


Hi there!  I hope you’re having a lovely day!

Today’s card uses the Focus On You stamp set from Altenew which has a number of beautiful flowering branches.

I started by stamping three branches of flowers in Versafine Black Onyx ink onto Canson XL watercolor paper.  This ink is waterproof and plays nicely with watercolors.  Once the ink was dry, I added color using a few Arteza Real Brush Pens (Honey and Punch Pink for the flowers, Pea Green for the leaves, and Chocolate for the woody stems).  In hindsight, I could have used any type of marker since the details in this image are so small and there’s not much opportunity for adding water or blending.  I used a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add some very small dots to the centers of the flowers. When I finished coloring, I cut out the images using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

The background is a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth which I cut down using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die set.  Then I used a foam blending tool to softly blend Dried Marigold Distress Ink in the area that would be behind the bouquet of flowers.  To add a bit of movement, I added splatter by smooshing the ink onto an acrylic block, adding a bit of water, and using a 2 round brush to flick ink onto the card front. I let the card front dry for a bit and then stamped the sentiment in the same black ink.

Then I assembled the bouquet, starting with the sprig in the middle which I adhered flat onto the card front.  For the spring on the right, I added a few Zots Bling adhesive dots to the back, layering two dots on top of each other for a bit of dimension.  To the spring on the left I added foam tape so that all three sprigs sit at different heights.  Once all three sprigs were adhered to the paper, with their stems overlapping, I tied a bow using a piece of hemp twine. Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for stopping by!


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