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Friday, 5 June 2020

The Flower Challenge #45 Navy Blue plus One Other


Sounds so simple, doesn't it! Well then you have me who had to overthink the whole idea. Wait till you see all the marvellous cards on The Flower Challenge Blog  where the Design Team have added their ideas.

First I would like to point out that were it looks like I have yellowish strips each side of the vellum it is actually the silver glitter tape. Looks amazing IRL but really ruins the shot here. I have white embossed on vellum then added colour with Zig watercolour brushes moving and thinning the colour with my Nuvo clear glitter brush.

I tried to take a photo to show the amazing sparkle on the petals but when I went to Photoshop what was glitter had become white so looked like embossed powder not cleaned off properly. White card base shows off the colouring perfectly.

It is such a pretty stamp from Simon Says and I can see so many ways to use it. I have succeeded in using it for four cards but really only liked two out of that batch.  It will be used more as I have also embossed in white, gold, pewter and stamped for Copic colouring, then onto multimedia cardstock and vellum.

This is one of my fails, but my husband reckons it looks wonderful so I made a card from it anyway.
In this instance I added Tim Holtz Distress oxide and then added Distress Ink over it as I didnt have a dark enough blue in the Oxides. I found they work beautifully together and the sheet looked amazing before I went any further, the blending like silk. I added this piece to a white card base but realised you can barely see the white of the card.

I then heat embossed with Gold Embossing power, you may notice the outline looks a bit thicker than it should. when I pressed down in my Misty the second time obviously the piece had moved slightly, I was going to toss then but looking at it I decided it looked ok. I then used a wet brush, and extra water to add water in areas I wanted to lift colour using paper towel to blot it.

I felt it wasnt getting light enough in the end so I added pencil in white and grey to define the flowers better. I did some loose flicks of water around the card. 
I still wasn't happy and decided to add dark blue to define the flower outline in copic. No I don't like it and I certainly wont give it to anyone. But I have left it here so you can see that for each success there can also be total stuff ups.

In the mid-month post I'll share two other botched cards. Four before I got the one I liked.

No wonder I don't use my stamps from Mount NBUS, I took over 4 hours just stamping and embossing all the mediums I wanted to use this stamp on and of course I had to clean up after. I could really do with a fan that just wanted to do prep and clean up after me so I don't have worry about the accumulating mess.  Ohh and they could do the same for me in the kitchen too.......obviously I was meant to be born a princess.

Okay enough disaster talk time to go over to the Flower Challenge blog and see what the others have been up to. 
Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope to see you again soon......



16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: Hola, Aleen! Beautiful cards! By the way, I no longer receive your blog posts and I don't know why. Have a great weekend. Mari mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: sorry I misspelled your name! Chubby fingers trying to type on a touch screen.
haha mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous!
Maybe I was born to be a princess too! Next week when my resident cook goes back to school is going to be tough!!!

Bonnie said...

This is beautiful, Aileen! Love these deep blue flowers!

Viv said...

I simply ADORE your vellum card Aileen, looks so classy in the navy and white.
Can't see a lot wrong with the second one either! But then we are always more critical of our own work!
I am treated like a princess all the time - (well in my dreams I am anyway) xx

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card. Love the embossed vellum and pretty blue flowers.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeous use of navy in that first card

Unknown said...

Both cards are beautiful, Aileen! I actually like the second one more! I think color lifting makes the card look dreamy! And the white pencil strokes are great! You did a great job with the challenge theme! For me it was so hard to make floral card mainly in navy :)!

lostinpaper said...

I like them both too Aileen, isn't photography the hardest thing sometimes, I just would rather be making cards to be honest lol. I think that Navy and one other does sound difficult.....

Ericka Strange said...

Ooh I love both of your gorgeous cards. I'm partial to white embossing and the blue is so stunning! I blue vellum card is also beautiful and gold embossing really makes it pop. Awesome job!

HilaryJane said...

It might have taken 4 attempts to get it right but it was worth it. What a stunner and if you don't practice you don't improve so time well spent if you ask me. I know how you felt though I find myself doing the same more often than not. It is a rare card that comes off straight away xx

Monica C. said...

Such beautiful cards, Aileen! Amazing what one can do with one color.
Hugs Monica

Viv said...

Two beautiful cards here Aileen!I know you made so many and I loved each one.Sorry for the lack of commenting recently too, hugs Viv xx

Bobby said...

My botched cards should look so good, Aileen. I'm thinking you should have saved the vellum one for next month's challenge. ;) I don't know how you can top this one.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Grr!!! I'm so darn late with this comment, my friend, so sorry.
Love the intense blue on your first card, these flowers really pop embossed in white.
Your hubby was right, the second card is beautiful, I don't know why you say it's a "fail"?? the white pencil coloring looks so soft on the vellum.
Awesome cards.
XO

Karen Dunbrook said...

both lovely cards....well done mf.
xx Karen