Bloomin’ Big & Sparkly
Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m back today with a sparkly fun Dare 2B Artzy card to share with you today.
This card uses one of my very favorite Dare 2B Artzy stamps called Big Bloom. While I like and have used smaller flowers from time to time on my cards, I always reach for the bigger flowers. The Big Bloom flower is a favorite of mine because I love, love, love how this flower can be colored to give it so much depth and dimension which is what I’ve done today.
I’ve wanted to create a card with a limited color palette for some time and thought this would be a perfect opportunity.
To start this card, I created a background first. I’ll admit, I’m a newbie when it comes to a lot of products and techniques. Like you, I peruse blogs and watch videos for the latest and greatest techniques. When I saw glitter paste for the first time, I wondered how I could get my hands on some. However, when I tried it for the first time I wondered where this product had been all my life – seriously! It’s so sparkly and the colors are so pretty, I knew I needed to make a background with it. The glitter paste I used for today’s project is from Bo Bunny and the color is Caribbean. To create this background I cut a piece of white 110 lb cardstock to 4 x 5. I cut my cardstock a little larger in case I needed to cut the finished background down a bit.
I grabbed a stencil from Brutus Monroe called Paint Spots. It’s a nice stencil with a lot of imperfect circle spots on it that are each about the size of a dime – perfect for a background. You can tape your cardstock to the stencil so it doesn’t move or shift or you can hold it in place as you work.
Next I used my pallet knife and dipped it into my glitter pastes and began smearing on an even coat of the gorgeous Caribbean blue sparkle. Once the entire stencil covering my cardstock was completely filled in with the glitter paste, I carefully removed the stencil from my cardstock. It’s always a good practice to wash off your stencil and pallet knife right away to remove the glitter paste before it dries to your crafty tools.
Depending on how thick you put on the glitter paste, you may need to let it dry for a few minutes to a few hours. I always let it sit while I’m working on other elements on my project and that’s usually plenty of drying time.
Next, it was on to stamping my Big Bloom flower onto some 80 lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock with some Totally Black ink from Dare 2B Artzy. Finally I was ready to color. In keeping with my limited color scheme, I chose some Copic Markers that would match with the Carribean blue of my background. I used BG07, BG05, BG03, BG01, BG000 for my blues and then selected some cool grey colors of C7, C5, C3, C1 and C00. I colored the flower with the grey center leading out to the blue-green tips of the petals with a little highlight in between where the lightest colors blend together. The highlight helps give the look and feel of the petals bending back a bit and adds some dimension. I really love the finished look of the grey and blue-green together on this flower.
For my leaves, I decided to use a slightly different blue-green combination and colored them with BG23, BG11 and BG000 along with the C5, C3, C1 and C0.
When I was finished coloring, I fussy cut the flower out and added some Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the white dots on the flower petals and a little sparkly gemstone in the center.
I really wasn’t sure what type of sentiment I was going to add to my card. It just happened that I’d ordered some stamps from Dare 2B Artzy and my order had come that day and it contained the perfect sentiment from the Fun Titles stamp set. The sentiment read, “You add Sparkle to my Life”. I felt that it was the perfect addition to my card.
I didn’t want my sentiment to detract from the rest of the card and my sparkly background so I stamped it onto some vellum with some Versamark and heat embossed it with some Blue Odyssey embossing powder from Nuvo. I cut the embossed sentiment out with a fishtail flag die.
Before assembling my card, I checked to make sure the glitter paste on my background was dry. I cut the background panel down a bit so that it was 3 ½ x 4 ½ and then I rounded each of the corners.
I cut a piece of black cardstock with my mini-scalloped rectangle die and mounted that to an A2 size white card base made from 110 lb cardstock with some dimensional foam. I layered on my glittery background and placed my flower on top with some dimensional foam as well. I used some strategically placed dimensional foam strips onto my sentiment and tucked it under my flower to finish the card.
I’m thrilled at the way this card turned out with the limited colors used. I think it looks so pretty. The background dots really add a lot of pizazz to the card so it worked well to limit my colors on the rest of the card.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card. Remember you can pick up my favorite stamp, Big Bloom in the Dare 2B Artzy store today along with so many other awesome stamps and products. You can check all of the available stamps, dies, inks and papers over at Dare 2B Artzy.com