You know that feeling when you stand up close to a piece of art hanging on a wall to see it in detail and it doesn’t really look all that special? Then you take a few steps back and suddenly you see the magic? That’s a bit like how I feel about the card I am sharing today. lol I’ll get back to that in just a minute. 🙂
When I first saw the Inspiration Photo (see below) for this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge I knew I wanted to use the Crystal Clear stamp set. I had a very clear image in my mind of my design, colour scheme, even the patterned paper I would use. Unfortunately, there was a *tiny* little problem! I didn’t own this stamp set! An emergency order was placed with a local supplier and I crossed my fingers and hoped it would arrive before the weekend. And it did! Yay!
I eagerly ripped into the stamp set and stamped up my design on a scrap piece of paper and I was still pretty chuffed with my design. Then I tried it “for real”. Uh oh! The cardstock I have used is not really suitable for watercolouring and I did intend to shade the mason jar with distress inks. Nevertheless I persisted. And here’s where we return to my opening comment…up close my card isn’t as pretty as I hoped it would be. From a distance it looks pretty cool though. So take a few steps away from your screen before you view my card. lol
Here’s the card I am entering into the challenge…
Oh, and I do have a tip of the day…I loaded up my paintbrush with ink to spatter onto my design as it just needed a little something. I *may* have forgotten to put my card in a box, or at least protect nearby surfaces before I started flicking paint around. Let’s just say I’m still finding things which have lovely little brown spots on them. Oopsy!
I am thinking I might just try this design again – perhaps put glossy accents over the mason jar and just tie the twine around the jar not the whole page. I think it would make a lovely sympathy card too. I’d also like to try it with pastel colours. I love this set!
LOVE this so very much!
Oh my goodness, I totally missed commenting! It’s a gorgeous card, Kylie. And if you hadn’t said that you messed up the paper, I never would have known. It looks totally intentionally textured and absolutely lovely. And I kind of want that stamp-set right now…
I’m behind. It’s become my way of life I fear… I did see this lovely card on Saturday, but haven’t had any time to sit down and comment. This is utterly and beautifully fantastic. I had to look closely and see if you had used some glossy accents or shiny, clear paper for your jar. Nope. It’s just the way you’ve colored it. I can see this in a variety of colors for birthdays and also in these colors it would make an appropriate sympathy card. Above and beyond. This is stunning. Wish I had your talents!! : )
Well I really love the sepia tones and your arrangement in the jar…. gorgeous card :0)
Thanks for playing along at PS Sparks this week :0)
Your translation of the inspiration photo into the flower-filled mason jar…oh my! Your card is gorgeous close up, further away, at all angles and, I suspect, even upside-down. Utterly beautiful. The splatters add impact and yes, I’ve done the random splattering as well, often find flecks still in odd places well after the initial work was done. Yeesh! Cheering the LSS that managed to get you this set in such a quick timeframe; talk about exceptional service!
I’m heading back “home” tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing my husband this evening, but going back….sad face! If you hear ‘odd’ noises in the distance, that will be me, bawling my face off! On the plus side, we’re supposed to return the following weekend. I’ll be counting down the ‘sleeps’ starting Sunday night!
Hugs to you, sweet friend…keep on creating lots, as you’re lifting my spirits immeasurably!
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