Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cactus Flowers

I was so itching to make a card that I just finally took the time to do it. I can't believe I was missing it so much after not doing a card for over a week.  The grandsons have kept me busy but today I got a wee break so I took advantage of it.

I am in need of birthday cards soon so thought I would work on one today using the Out West 2 set by Theresa Momber and also the smallest circle flower image from the Simple Flowers set by Tami Mayberry. Those little flowers were stamped in black and then I fussy cut around them so that so just a hint of the black showed.


I made it into a shaped card using the Spellbinder Grand Ovals set by using the two smallest oval dies. The brayer painted background was cut out with the largest of the Classic Ovals Large set. I love how those match up right in sequence with the Grand Ovals. And, although I cannot use the largest oval die from the Grand Ovals set I still can use all the others with my Big Kick.

I mentioned the brayer painted background in the above paragraph. I did that by taking a rubber brayer and instead of rolling it on the glossy white paper I used it much like a paint brush picking up colors randomly from different colors of dye ink to paint a colorful look. This one I did quite some time ago and had always planned to use it in a card. I thought it resembled a hot sizzling desert scene when I added the cactus images to it.

My sentiment was placed on the acrylic block so that it went the shape of the oval. I love that about the clear stamps. One can bend them differently than just the straight way they were manufactured. Gives one more versatility with them that way.

I popped the bigger cacti which was stamped on white paper. Then I stamped the smallest circle flower images from the Simple Flowers set in black ink and fussy cut around them so that just a smidgen of the black showed around the white petals. In the center of each flower I took a Viva Sunny Yellow Pearl Pen to add color to the center of each flower which I then popped up onto the cacti. I even did some research online to see what colors the flowers on the cacti should be, so I hope this is a fair resemblance.

I am entering this into the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge for this week in which we are to use a popped flower.I am also entering this into the Repeat Impressions DCC618-Shaped or Fun Fold cards challenge hosted by Karen Hasheck.

16 comments:

Barbara said...

I was over at STV and had to come over to see your description of this card. It is Amazing! The sky looks just like a painted desert sky. Beautiful job. The cactus are a perfect fit for it.

Karen Hasheck said...

This is really beautiful! I had never heard of that way of using a brayer. I can't picture how to paint with it instead of rolling? But I love the look! Thanks for the name plug too:)

Kathy Krug said...

Fabulous background and scene.

Rosy Newlun said...

Incredible!!!! So so glad you explained it more (the background how to) because I just could not get what you did. Love your eeensy weeensy flowers - this is adorable!!!!!!!

Sharyn Polesel said...

Beautiful card, Verna! Your background is fabulous.....love the gorgeous array of color.

Olga Moore said...

Verna, love your card!! And your background is simply FABULOUS!

Olga said...

Very pretty, love those flowers, they just pop!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Verna! What an amazing card with those fabulous colors and dimension - love what you did with the brayer, picking up just a smidgeon of color like that. Question - did you use a narrow brayer? or was it wide, and you had small ink pads? LOOKS GREAT!

Your grandson is so sweet! Love those curls and the look of intense concentration - how much fun to have him around and help cultivate the creative side in him. Teachers say that when children are exposed to artistic endeavors at a young age, their IQ and learning abilities are actually augmented. So great job, Grandma!

Will try your jelly recipe, and certainly enjoyed the colorful cards below, too. Thanks for sharing, Verna! hugs, de

Anna Jernigan said...

Verna, what a beautiful Arizona scene, and, very well done!
Love all the elements, you did such a perfect job of showing the beauty that can be found in the desert. TFS!

Darnell J Knauss said...

What an awesome card featuring cacti, Verna!! And how clever to use your brayer to color the background that way! I'll have to give that a go!! Enjoy the weekend!! Hugs, Darnell

Sharon Underwood said...

Love this card, Verna! Your background is beautiful!

Judy Woodland said...

This is so unique! You have totally rocked that desert scene. I bet if I tried to create that look it sure wouldn't come out like that. I love all your cards, but this one is really, really STUNNING!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

This card SCREAMS Arizona! I know lots of people who would appreciate getting this card! Your brayered bg is stunning! Awesome card mf!

Joyce Evans Erb said...

Gorgeous, would never have guessed you used a rubber band!

redwasher1 said...

Awesome! So attractive!! Thanks for joining us at The House That Stamps Built.

Shari M said...

Wow Verna. Awesome card. The background is stunning. Perfect for the cacti