cherry blossom

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.

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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!

11 thoughts on “cherry blossom

  1. Intense!! But a beautiful result, Deborah! I don’t blame you for needing a lie down! Colouring and sponging both in a speed challenge card is brave indeed! But it paid off! Thanks for getting your adrenaline pumping with us at As You See It Challenges!

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  2. What a fabulous result for your first speed challenge! I love the choice of colours and the soft sponging is a great feature. Very brave of you to tackle colouring in a speed challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at As You See It.

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  3. Your post made me chuckle Deborah – I’m not surprised you needed a lie down after that one! Very pretty cherry blossom and I love the loose watercolour look with delicate sponged edges. Thanks for playing along over at As You See It and The Paper Players this week!

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  4. Wow! What a wonderful ten minute card! Great job coloring! The shaded background is perfect. Thank you for playing with The Paper Players this week!

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  5. I don’t think you could have improved this card at all with more time! It’s gorgeous! You let those beautiful branches shine with a great clean layout and the subtle shading keeps it from being too stark! Well done! Thanks for sharing at The Paper Players!

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  6. I love hearing the crazy experiences people have while doing our speed challenge! Speed challenges are one of my very favourites because they exercise my creativity and force me to trust my creative instincts. Sponging and colouring are a brave choice for the challenge, but you made it under the wire and it turned out beautifully! I’m so glad you played along with us at the As You See It Challenge blog!

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