Happy Thoughts Swing Card

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects
29
Apr

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This is my first time watercoloring a digi stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy, and only my second time making a swing card (see my first one here). I’m just wondering what took me so long to buy Marcella’s stamps, her florals (which I have a weakness for) are done artistically (reminds me of Marjolein Bastin’s style), they are such a pleasure to work with! This card is for three challenges – for SplitcoastStampers’ Healing Words Inspiration Challenge by Audrie, Power Poppy’s Grab That Spark Pick-a-Sketch Challenge and Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

The first thing I did was to print the digi on watercolor paper, but changed the black lines to sepia tones (there are some details that became hard to see later, specially with the butterfly, but, oh well…I was trying for a Marjolein Bastin look, LOL!). Anyway, I used watercolor gel crayons, and for the most part, they worked okay – just had trouble with that butterfly (sigh). Here’s a close-up of the colored piece:

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Next, I decided to use Sketch #3 at Power Poppy’s Challenge, but I kind of wanted to do something different, so I made it into a swing card – the sketch lends itself beautifully to a swing card, right? So, I hauled out the Silhouette and cutting files, and then started thinking what will this card be for? I thought  that the cheerful flowers would brighten someone’s day, specially someone who might not be feeling well. This got me thinking about Audrie’s challenge, to use “healing words”.  I got out an old Get Well card (I bought old cards that were on sale at our local library and found that they were great  for inspiration and the sentiments written inside), copied (and re-worded) the sentiment, printed it in Artists Script font, and glued it to the back of the part that swings. Here is how it looks like inside:2017-Apr-29c

The sentiment on the left goes:  Think of flowers blue and gold, petaled beauty you can hold; Think of sunshine warm and bright, And lovely starshine in the night; Then know that someone does care, and is lifting you up in prayer; 

The last part of the verse “And hoping that you’ll soon be feeling better”, was printed on vellum. The next time I make this card, I’ll print that part directly on the designer paper (working with vellum can be a pain at times, specially gluing it!). I added flourishes all over the inside – these were cut on the Silhouette and watercolored also, because it kind of looked too plain (but now, it’s over the top, LOL!). The designer paper I used came from my scraps – it’s spattered with white, green and dark brown.

The inside is all jazzed up, so to balance the card front, I spattered white paint on the green card base (Bazzill – emerald city), and also added cut flourishes in the corner. “Happy Thoughts” was printed on vellum using Artists Script font, and overlaid onto the central panel:

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Thank you so much for coming over to take a peek!

 

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3 comments so far

1.  Dandi93
April 30th, 2017 at 3:01 am

Very pretty and beautiful sentiment

2.  Cheryl Scrivens
April 30th, 2017 at 9:25 am

What a beautiful card with such soft and lovely coloring, and I love the card fold with the sentiments inside! Stunning! Hugs!

3.  Jo Nevill
May 1st, 2017 at 7:50 am

Gorgeous card, love all your sparkle
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

Jo x

 

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