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This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink is "Just Add Blue ...". I really LOVE colour challenges, but I have to say this one really was a challenge for me; I don't often use blue in my paper-crafting, and it is definitely not one of my "go to" colours. Having said that, in my determination to add blue to the palette of colours I use in my card-making, I did recently buy Stampin' Up!'s new "Blueberry Crisp" Designer Series Paper. I seriously love these papers!! I like the 'denim-y' look of some of the papers (check out the little butterflies on my card).
Do you like the wide 'flower' that the sentiment is matted on? I was pretty pleased with myself, for making this! It is made from three of the large flower, from the new Birds & Blooms Sizzlits die. I placed the flowers behind the oval, and cut off the excess petals so the flowers sat nicely around the edge of the oval. I used my fingernail to rough up the petals a little, and pinched them to curl upwards. A few drops of Crystal Effects were added, to give the look of dew on the petals.
Here are the 'ingredients' for making this card:
Stamps: Sanded, Sincere Salutations
Card: Sahara Sand, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla
Ink: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point stampin' pads
DSP: Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper
Other" Birds & Blooms sizzlits die, Wide Oval punch, Beautiful Wings embosslits, mat pack and paper piercing tool, Basic Pearls, sponge daubers, Very Vanilla 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Crystal Effects, Tombow multi-purpose liquid glue