Saturday, March 21, 2009

Water Color Pink Azalea

Hi all, we are back from our Spring Break trip to Lake Travis. It was ok, but, what were we thinking -Spring Break, Austin/U.T. college students, and a lake. We like to go in our RV and take in nature in all it's beauty and sounds etc. But instead there was the boom boom of party music all night, college kids driving hanging out the windows hootin' and hollarin', slaming car doors, even boats on the water with loud music! There must have been 30 in one camp space! So we came home a day early so we could get some sleep! We will know better next time, not to go on Spring Break!
So, on to the card. I made this card for the parents of a good friend who we celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with today. It was fun to look at their wedding album and hear the stories, the Bride wore a light green knee length ribbon dress. You know the kind that has the swirly ribbon sewn on it and fit her personality to a "T" *. I love to look at blogs and card galleries for ideas and tips on card designs, colors and embellishments. Problem is that I bookmark them but don't remember them all. Also I purchase different supplies to make a card and then forget why I bought it. So, I made a list of card sizes, shapes, folds, embellishments, techniques, stamps, die cuts, designs, embossing etc. and now use it so that I can get a variety of cards and use my ever increasing supplies more efficiently. This card is the first on the list.

I used one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders to emboss the swirl design on the white card base. Then I stamped the azalea in black Stazon several times and water colored them with my Tombow markers. Have I told you how much I love water coloring with them! Next I cut them out, highlighted the stamens with yellow and lime green glitter glue and added a red crystal to the centers of the flowers. I cut out the layers with my scallop and circle nesties in a matching pink , a coppery pink metallic and white card stock.
On the top white I layered the azaleas and popped them up three layers high with dimensionals to give them some depth like an azaelia bush and popped this white layer up. Next I cut out the smaller scallop layers from the coppery metallic and white card stock and used my Cuttlebug alpha die to cut out the "45" which is also popped up with dimensionals. To finish the card I made three pleats out of shaded wire edge ribbon and ran it diagonally under the layers and hanging and scrunching the two tails out the bottom side.
The picture does not do the dimension and shiny card stock justice! I think I will have to make a photo mat with this stamp using the same technique, I love how it looks! I want to thank Lisa Phillippi for her Blog Candy Challenge - I Won, Yea! She will have more challenges so stop by and enter for a chance to win!
Thanks to all who have left all those encouraging comments, I read and appreciate every one! If you leave your link when you comment, I can visit your blog/site also (the reason I don't get much sleep! lol). * To see the meaning of "to a T" click here.
Until tomorrow's post,
Comments are always welcome!


Anne said...

Oh my gosh. This card is stunning! I can't imagine that it looks even better than the photo!! The azaleas are beautiful

You made me laugh about your comment that you stay up too late because you're looking at other blogs...well, I'm up too late looking at other blogs right now!! Come visit me!

JoAnnC. said...

Gorgeous card! I'm sure it is just exquisite in person. I'm sure she LOVED it!!!