Forget Me Not

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Happy weekend everyone. Some crafting time for me this weekend. I have been getting some inky fingers with some water-colouring again.

I saw this stamp last week at the Doncaster craft show, and fell in love with it straight away. It is from Honey Doo Crafts, called ‘Forget Me Not‘. I can see these flowers are sometimes yellow, after I did a little Google search, but it didn’t really matter to me. I was following the colours inspired by the current Card Concept challenge, which is mainly red and yellow.

I stamped in Versafine black onyx and heat embossed with clear. I took several similar colours from my Zigs and started to colour. I wanted the centre of the envelope to be a little lighter, and the edges darker, so it looks like it is full and dimensional.

Three colours for the flowers, to try to add some dimension also, but these are little flowers…..I kept going anyway. I didn’t colour part of the image which is around the closure of the envelop, partly because I didn’t know what colour to use, and partly because I liked the detail in there.

To add more dimension, I added some light grey around the image, and just let everything dry. Once dry, I took a Catherine Pooler postage die to cut it out, and then thought about the background. I thought it need some red around the image, but not a solid red, so I turned to Altenew and stamped the ‘Wood Pallet background‘ stamp after I had inked it up using the same red colours I had coloured the envelope in. It took a couple of stampings – using my Misti – and I really like the effect this gave.

I didn’t want to cover the image up with a sentiment, so I cut a larger base card, and stamped the greeting using a set of MFT stamps which I always seem to turn to.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Card Conceptphoto inspiration

Watercooler Challengesanything feminine goes

Lil Red Wagonflowers

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

Mason Jars

Here is another card I made this weekend, and it caused a little bit of thinking. I had the background sorted, using an Altenew stamp ‘Wood Pallet background’, and used three different Altenew brown inks, haphazard inking of the background, to get a more washed and faded look.

Then I started thinking things through – a little too much maybe! Which style do I go for? single layers? Die-cutting and layering? Did I add some green to the background like the inspiration photo? You can see my decision there.

I took the mason jars from Stampin Up ‘Jar of Love’, did a couple of then jars – then the thinking again! Do I colour the water? Do I stamp the green stems – slightly faded – into the jar itself? Do I use the lids?

Well – I did colour some of the jars – didn’t like it at all! I also did some faded stems into the jars – liked it even less than colouring the jars!

So – after some internal debating I kept the jars white – no colour – just plain. And……I like the look as it seems to make them stand out more on the card. I added the little dew drops for a little interest, but basically kept them plain.

The flowers and stems were also from that same ‘Jar of Love’ stamp set, which I tried to attach to the card so they looked as though they were actually coming from the stems themselves…

As for a sentiment – I think I’ll wait until I actually want to use the card, as I feel it could be for men or women, and for many occasions……I always like to keep some cards behind ‘un-sentimented’ so I can use them at short notice.

I then finished the card off with a layer of Lawn Fawn ‘ground coffee’ card stock. (I did ‘gut’ the middle of the card for future use……) and attached to a white base card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Card Conceptphoto inspiration

Addicted to Stamps and Moreanything goes