I’m celebrating today with one of my lovely blog friends … Happy Birthday, Chriss!! Wishing you a wonderful day full of good things (including cake!) and a year ahead filled with fun and laughter! I made you this (which is winging it’s way to you) …
For those of you who don’t know, Chriss’s blog is called Botantical Café (and it has pages of fabulous inspiration … go see … and wish Chriss a Happy Birthday!) … and given such a name, I chose a flower from Papertrey‘s Friendly Flowers as the main image for her card. In addition, today is 5 November … and there’ll be some of you who know the date as Bonfire Night … an evening celebrated in the UK with fabulous firework displays lighting the night sky across the country. How’s that for a celebration, Chriss!! To my eye, these graphic flower shapes are similar to fireworks exploding (in a very ordered fashion, of course!), and that influenced my choice.
They were stamped with Distress Inks onto a white card panel, and I watercoloured them using a refilled Wink of Stella brush (*see below). Once they were dry, I stamped the centres with Versamark, embossed them in silver, and added a couple of layers of Glossy Accents over the top. A silver fine line pen was used to add a touch of shimmer to the outside circles of dots, and the right side of the panel was trimmed out. On another panel, I Versamark stamped and heat embossed the Papertrey sentiment in silver, dry embossed the stripes and attached the panel flat to the base card. The firework flowers panel was popped up on foam dots over it. Here’s a close up showing just a hint of the shimmer …
As well as being inspired by Chriss‘s blog name and birth date, I was also inspired by …
Muse – Vicki’s fabulous card below – I focussed on the circle shapes, the blues and greens, and using a panel of flowers.
AAA Cards – Play With Watercolours – my WOS watercolouring of the flowers.
Virginia’s View – All Things Metallic – what’s a firework flower without some silver shine?
SSS Monday – Good Ol’ Days – it’s an age since I used dry embossing (second entry).
* Jennifer McGuire had a great tip on her blog the other day for using the unused glittery residue left after a WOS pen has run out. If you unscrew the brush and take out the black valve in the reservoir, the pen can be refilled little by little with water (ask me how I know it should be a little at a time!). Put it all back together again and the WOS brush can be used for shimmery watercolouring! It worked a treat (after I cleaned up!) … I marked the top of the pen to identify it as a refilled one (I have another!)
Planning a little blog wandering later … see you then! Meantime, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy. Anita 🙂