Welcome to my crafty blog. I’ve been thinking about my mum quite a bit recently as I’ve started making Mother’s Day cards. She sadly died nearly 4 years ago – this card was especially poignant as daffodils were her favourite flower, so this one’s in memory of her. I took the colours from this week’s challenge at The Paper Players, combined with the theme of ‘my favourite technique’ from As You See It. Regular readers of this little blog will know that I’m rather partial to an inky background!
I started with the inky background. Now, I do have a rather large folder with lots of mop-up’s from when I’ve been blending inks on my craft mat but inevitably none of them were in the right colours so I made a new one! I scribbled some ‘mint macaron’ and ‘bermuda bay’ onto my craft mat using Stampin’ Up!’s Write markers, spritzed it with water and then blotted it with a piece of Clarity’s stencil card. Normally I’d leave one of these overnight to dry, popping it under a heavy folder to flatten it, but this time I used my heat gun for speed.
I then stamped Clarity’s ‘daffodil spray’ onto the card using black Archival ink. I used a waterbrush & paper towel to lift some of the ink from the daffodil and then coloured it in using the waterbrush and ‘mustard seed’ Distress Oxide. I watercoloured the leaves with the ‘mint macaron’, using the ‘bermuda bay’ and more of the ‘mustard seed’ for the other flowers.
I wasn’t very happy with it at this point, as the daffodil and other flower heads were looking very dull (I suspect I’d got the paper too wet with the different layers of ink). I restamped the ‘daffodil spray’ onto another piece fo white card, recoloured the flowers, then fussy cut them and glued them onto the image. I trimmed the card square down to fit a 5×7 card blank and mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of white card that I’d edged with the ‘bermuda bay’ Write marker before attaching it to the card blank.
I finished by stamping the sentiment using ‘Barbara’s relations’ set from Clarity and black Archival.
That yellow daffodil looks so much fresher now it’s on a white card base, don’t you think? The daffodils are starting to peep through the grass in my garden – spring seems to be coming early this year.