I haven't been on here since end of last week! I had out of town company, a good cardmaking friend of mine from IL and her husband came to see us for a couple of days. My friend and I could spend the day anyway we wanted and we chose to relax and color, talk, listen to smooth jazz on and drink wine. It was really nice to not feel guilty about coloring for several hours while she was here. We ate lots of good food cooked by my husband, who used to be on BBQ teams and we went shopping. So when I stop crafting for several days, it is hard for me to get back in the groove.
Yesterday, I picked up my Oxide Inks and some stencils, started sponging and the wheels in the brain finally started turning again. :) I don't think I will ever get tired of these oxide inks because I'm still not tired of my distress inks. Yes, I will be getting the second set of 12.
This entire card is basically all sponged ink. A couple months ago, I stamped and embossed lots of the flowers in the Pretty Posies set by Casual Friday Stamps and I sponged them all with pinks, oranges, yellows. I have the matching dies so I cut them all out and put them in a bag for a later date when I needed a card fairly quickly. It's so nice to always have colored images on hand, stamped, embossed, etc, stamps on hand. It's just as easy to do 20 as it is to do 1. LOL!
I have to tell you, sometimes I play with color combos that surprise me. I really love how this background turned out. I love how soft the gray and pink look together. You can obviously sponge harder or do more layers and make it darker but because my flowers and leaves are so vibrant, I wanted a very soft, pretty background. I have never even used this stencil and I really like it now that I have. I got it at a big box store, brand is Heidi Swapp but I'm not sure of the name of the stencil itself. It came in a set of 2 or 3 that layered together. Back when I bought these stencils, I also bought some of her sprays and I've never used those either. What is wrong with me?? So I'm sure I'll be playing with sprays here soon and stencils. :)
For the background I used Tim Holtz Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick and Iced Spruce. I used jumbo sponge daubers and lightly sponged over the stencil that was taped down over the Bristol Smooth paper.
The flowers were embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder, cut out with the matching dies and sponged with distress inks (this was before oxide inks BOI) lol. Pretty Posies stamps and dies from Cas-ual Friday Stamps. I went over the flowers and leaves with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I used pop dots to pop up the flowers and leaves on the card for the focal point part but not the other 2 flowers. The Thanks die is from Hero Arts called Thanks Stamp and Cut and the 'for brightening my day' part of the greeting is from Right At Home called Color in Sentiments.
I thought it would look beautiful to finish it off by placing sequins where the small circles are on the stencil. I used some gorgeous sequins by The Ton Stamps. They are 3mm size called Glass Slipper, the clear ones. They are really small but perfect for this.
I made a couple other stenciled oxide backgrounds so now I have those to use for cards later on.
By the way, did you see my LIVE FACEBOOK VIDEO on the ZIG SCRIBBLING Technique? OMGosh, I'm not afraid to do anything anymore after doing that. If you missed it let me know. I actually made TWO but I deleted the first one because it somehow ended up being 38 minutes!!! How is that possible? The second one is about 15 minutes. I have to warn you that I made an oops and put my phone on the stand backwards after I finished talking with the camera pointed to me. It was my first one so I get a pass right? :)
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!