May is coming to a close which sadly means it is our last Saturday with our marvelous and magnificent May Leading Lady, Cris G. I feel so fortunate Cris has been our Leading Lady this month gracing us with her ingenuity, awe-inspiring artistic skills and creativity! It has been a magical May indeed.
Make sure to visit her blog for a chance to win a giveaway.
Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.
Hello crafty friends!
Today is my last performance as a Leading Lady (is it just me or this sound a bit melodramatic? :)). It has been a real pleasure sharing this time with you and reading all the wonderful and always encouraging comments, even when I didn’t feel so creative. I confess now that I was suffering from lack of mojo even before my first post... still do. Anyway, thank you so much for having me Shay! You know I truly admire your kindness, strength and perseverance!
For this last post I brought the most unique theme (ha ha): Flora! I can explain, the theme could be Flowers, but there is a tree and leaves... and no flowers, so I thought that Flora would cover everything.
First of all, my Brushos arrived... yabba dabba doo! They are really fun to play with, but I still have a lot to explore and control. For now I think that a mix of free powders on watercolour paper (and all over the desk), along with a little bit of discipline from a brush are the technique(s) that work best for me.
Before this first card I had two really bad attempts, but finally I’m pleased with this one. I started by stamping two hydrangeas from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden with a little masking, and then literally soak them in water, using a brush. After that I carefully dropped the powders, repeating the process a few times until I was happy with the intensity of color. Although powders spread beyond where we want them to be, you can blame all that spatter on me :). Then I cut the In a Word: Kisses Cutaway from the main piece and from craft foam. Stamped and white heat embossed the word sending from The Big, the Bold and Friends, adhere everything and spritz with a mix of Perfect Pearls and water.
Project two. I started with Scenery: the Leaf Effect Creative Screenings and Brushos. I saw a video on YouTube sharing some different techniques with watercolour powders and decided to try this one. I simply LOVE the effect of mixed colors on the leaves. The second step was white heat embossing the tree from Kindness with Evelin T Designs and sentiment from the Wishing You With Evelin T Designs on vellum. Stamped the little “sunshine” from In Bloom: Eva’s Favorite Flowers and fussy cut, then attached with a tiny metal clip to the vellum piece, embellishing with some sequins from Winnie’s Sparkly Shaker Selection. Easy card with a cool effect produced from applying Brushos through a stencil.
For my third and last card I decided to do something more classic with a vintage touch. I used a vintage like stamp for the sentiment, to match the overall design.
I started by stamping flowers and greeneries from In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet with Joni Andaya, In Bloom: Addie’s Garden, and In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock. After this I colored the images using white watercolour, Inktense pencils (dry) and oil pastels. I was inspired by an image of a beautiful vintage wreath.