It's an explosion of blue on the Stampin' Pretty blog. I felt my header and colors needed a little freshening up to welcome spring and summer (and oooohhh do we need it in Madison, WI). So last night (until 2:00 a.m.) my Cameo Coral transcended to Blue Bayou (or at least close).
However, things were coming up quite plummy in today's post. I began with a Perfect Plum card base with a layer of Papertrey's Spring Moss on Top (Stampin' Up!'s River Rock would work, too). I then zipped a piece of Pale Plum through my Cuttlebug for some swirly texture and lightly rubbed the raised areas with my Versamark pad. TIP: The Versamark defines the embossed design without adding another color.
The vertical banner began with a piece of Spring Moss, stamped with Print Pattern Background (Perfect Plum Ink). TIP: I distressed the edges in a snap with Stampin' Up!'s Cutter Kit (smart, portable, multi-functional) and layered over another swatch of Perfect Plum. Using Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper (to match the white of the main image), I colored my sentiment with both Perfect Plum and Pale Plum markers. The Key Tag Punch snapped it out and a stick-on rhinestone gives "you" some bling.
The main image is the Merci Flower, inked in Close to Cocoa Craft Ink on watercolor paper and heat embossed. TIP: One of the neat advantages of Craft Ink (vs. Classic) is that you can emboss with it. Classic dries too quickly for this option. Using both the Perfect Plum and Pale Plum markers and an Aqua Painter, I watercolored the image (click for watercolor tutorial). A stick-on rhinestone lends some sparkle to the flower center.
TIP: Using a hobby blade and cutting mat, I created curvy edges to mirror the feel of the flower and the raised embossing of the Pale Plum layer. The edges are distressed again using the Cutter Kit. The flower was adhered to a piece of Perfect Plum card stock and I carefully followed the same cut. TIP: The only real trick to using a hobby knife is being certain to apply enough pressure. It required a little extra oomph with the watercolor paper. In the event you have an edge that is a little rough after cutting, just using a sanding block (or distress) to give it an even finish.
Stamp Sets: Merci (Sale-A-Bration), Print Pattern Background, Spring Solitude (sentiment, Hostess Level II)
Paper: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper, Spring Moss (Papertrey)
Ink: Perfect Plum Marker, Pale Plum Marker, Versamark, Close to Cocoa Craft
Cool Tools: Hobby Blade and Cutting Mat, Heat Tool, Key Tag Punch, Cutter Kit, Aqua Painter, Cuttlebug
The Perfect Touch: Clear Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug Swirl Embossing Folder, Non SU Rhinestones