Friday, 21 April 2017

STAMPlorations, a reminder

Good afternoon peeps.
I'm back to remind you all that there is still time to enter the April theme/sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations.
This time for my interpretation I went with just the sketch.

If you prefer you could go with the theme as your inspiration,

or go mad and use both!

For my card I took inspiration from a couple or so challenges out there at the moment, spring is definitely in the air over blogland and in our own hedgerows. The cherries are in full bloom but the blackthorns are sadly past their best but the May is in tight bud. 
To start I die cut a panel and then in the bottom half  I inked some Tumbled Glass DI through an  ARTplorations Dots all Over Stencil, fading the intensity out towards the top left. From a scarp of gold mirror card I die cut a frame and glued it flat atop the panel. 
My flowers and foliage were die cut using some of the new CUTplorations Trendy Spring Blooms dies from some smooshed panels of DI and Inka Gold spritzed with water. The green and yellowy orange were in my stash but I didn't have enough of the pink so I made a brand new panel. The small flowers were pretty simple flower then center which I trimmed down but the central bloom was a little more involved.
To start I die cut the outline and popped out the inner sections of the petals, then on another piece I cut again. This time I had to do repeat runs through my BS as I didn't want to completely cut through to the center. Think it took me about 4 runs through to get it looking how I wanted it. I glued the first outline over the partially cut one then when dry pushed the petals through the outline. As they were still attached at the center you get  a more 3D effect. Love how the smooshed panel is not a solid colour and gives the die cuts more life. The center was made by die cutting a third outline from the yellowy orange panel and gluing back into the center. The leaves were simply cut and attached along with the rest of the flowers to create a corsage in the bottom right of the frame. 
To finish I stamped a thin strip of white card with Happy Birthday from the Balloons and Banners set and slipped it under the large bloom. 

For more info and all T's and C's please check out the rest of the team here then why not join in?

     I'd like to join in over at -
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  1. Oh so pretty! Fabulous gently coloured stencilled background, a lovely contrast to the vibrant flowers. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards and Uniko.

  2. Wow, elegant CAS perfection! I LOVE the polka dots in the background fading away and the stylish frame and florals. So gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

  3. I love the softness of the colors you used and the daintiness of your card!

  4. Simply scrumptious Julie, oozing spring with those adorable fresh colours and love the off set frame. Simply stunning as ever and thanks for playing along with AAA Cards, Less is More and Uniko too! Sarah x

  5. This is so gorgeous, Julie. Love the subtle stencilling and the pretty florals. And the metallic frame adds some fabulous interest without being overpowering, it fits there perfectly.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

  6. Such a great card. Terrific way to combine challenges! Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

  7. Gorgeous card Julie, the choice of die cuts are perfect. Thanks for joining us at Uniko.


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