Every month on the 17th, Waltzingmouse Stamps has a blog waltz where fans of the company get together to share their love of all things Waltzingmouse. This month, the theme is St. Patrick's Day/Irish. You can read more about the waltz and how you can join in the fun on Claire's blog here. You can find the list of partcipants and join in the chat about the hop in the forum here. My order didn't get here in time for me to use my stamps on my cards, but Claire created two images for us to use if we wanted to. Both images are just amazing and I ended up creating two cards so I could use them both.
Isn't this such an amazing image?! There is so much detail and it's just beautiful! I printed it out on Copic X-Press It cardstock and colored it with copic markers. I used these markers: YR20, YR21, YG63, YG67, BG72, BG75, R29. Then, I cut out the image and adhered it to a red cardstock oval and stitched a couple buttons on either side. I distressed the edges of my ptterned paper (from October Afternoon's Campfire paper pad) before stitching it to my red cardstock mat. I wrapped some crocheted lace around my patterned paper layer and adhered my pieces.
I printed the image on a piece of white Copic X-Press It cardstock. I love this cardstock for coloring with copic markers. I started by coloring my image with copic markers. I used these colors: R27, R89, C2, BG72, BG75, BG78, YG63, YG67, and G28. I wanted to make the image look like an old botanical illustration so I did a lot of distressing. I started by sponging antique linen distress ink (Ranger) all around the edges and lightly over the image. Then, I spritzed some water on the piece to make the distressed ink look even more worn and distressed the edges. (The water did make my computer ink start to run a little so I hit it with my heat gun to dry it more quickly.) Next, I added the canvas texture with an impression plate. Then, added a little walnut distress ink to the edges. I scrunched the image up in a ball and inked some of the creases. Then I flattened it back out and stitched the piece to a red cardstock layer. I wrapped some red twine around the bottom and tied a blue button with a bow to finish off my card.
So, did I accomplish my goal of making the image look like an old, worn botanical illustration? Either way, it was such a fun card to create. :)
Hop on over to the Waltzingmouse Stamps forum to see the rest of the cards in this month's blog waltz. Have a great day!