Monday, February 22, 2010

Bloomin Beautiful - Sympathy

My friend, Pam, called me this morning. She asked if she could come over and make a sympathy card. As fate would have it, I was working on this card for Stacey's challenge at Stacey's Stamping Stage. Instead of using the sentiment I had planned, I decided to go with a sympathy card. When Pam comes over later she can either duplicate this card....or we'll make another. I could stand to have a few on hand myself.I do love this image from Bloomin' Beautiful. I love to color it, too. It is really easy, I promise. I used my Ballet Blue marker and added ink where the shading was already stamped. Then, it was a simple matter of using my Aqua Painter to spread the color out. I used Sahara Sand for the vase, since Stampin' Up! doesn't have a Kraft marker. I used the Sahara Sand again for the shading around the outside of the vase, just a little more concentrated. Of course I stamped my image with Black Stazon onto Watercolor Paper. That's a must!

Remember last week I used my Perfect Details Texturz Plate? Well, this week I used the other side....two for the price of one! A tip for you Big Shot users, if you spritz your paper with water before sending it through on a Texturz Plate, you will get a deeper emboss.

I also have a little tip for the sentiment tag. I used my 1/4" circle punch on each end of my tag so that my Ribbon Slide from the Silver Hodgepodge Kit nestled in nice and tight. A different kind of use for the Ribbon Slides.I like the layering of the White Organza Ribbon under the Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. It needed that extra width, but I didn't want it totally saturated with color.

I hadn't done much paper piercing lately, so I couldn't resist a few pokes at the top!

Pam is on her I'd better run!


  1. This card is gorgeous! I love the way that you used the ribbon slides!

  2. So pretty, Shelley! Your shadow under the bouquet is super fab:) Thanks so much for sharing this beauty at the Curtain Call!

  3. Oh ,I love the way you used this stamp and the way you dealed with watercolors.
    Your card is gorgeous.

  4. Such gorgeous card!

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    -Megs :)

  5. Just beautiful! Fabulous watercolouring and gorgeous finishing touches!