Welcome to my crafty blog. Today’s card is a very quick one, thanks to the challenge over at As You See It. It’s the first time I’ve done one of these – in addition to the theme, you have to make the card in less than 10 minutes! I picked up the colours from this week’s TGIF challenge, and will also share it with The Paper Players as I think cherry blossom definitely counts as a spring flower.
As this was a 10 minute challenge I had to get organised, with everything ready at the start – not my usual way of working, I have to confess! I’ve used two of the stamps from Claritystamp’s ‘garden birds & cherry blossom’ set (an obvious choice, given the theme). I teamed them with the ‘happy birthday’ from the ‘entwined sentiments’ set, and got myself an A6 card blank, with a piece of cardstock cut slightly smaller. I had my inks on the desk and so at that point I was ready to go and started the clock!
I positioned all three stamps on the card, and then used my stamping platform to stamp them all into place at the same time with ‘watering can’ Archival Ink. The next step was to colour the images with ink and a waterbrush. I used Distress Ink in two pinks – ‘spun sugar’ to colour all of flowers and buds in first, and then ‘worn lipstick’ around the outside of the petals and base of the buds.
I then used the waterbrush to add ‘specked egg’ Distress Oxide to the branches and leaves, and finished by shading it around the edge of the card with a blending brush. A quick addition of tape to the the back of the card and it went straight onto the card blank.
Clearly there are no photos of the process today – that would have been a step too far in 10 minutes! I suspect you might also want to know exactly how long it took me to do this? It was a very intense make, as I was really conscious of the clock running – I stopped it after I’d stuck the topper onto the card and it showed…
I’m off for a lie down now!