This is Caly and I'm happy you're here today! I've got two cards to share with you today and I'm following this month's Monthly Challenge theme and colors. I wanted to use the colors because I think it's a gorgeous combination. Here it is the image if it helps you decide to play along:
For my first card, I used the Hello with a Bouquet die. Let me just say - I LOVE Pinkfresh Studio dies because they're so intricate and detailed. Not saying that because I design for this amazing company - I genuinely love the product. Ok...back to my card.
After die-cutting, I removed all the negative space and began coloring the parts of the die using Copic markers I felt best matched the colors from the Monthly Challenge photo: RV00, V12, BV04, YG61. I used the pinks/purples for the roses, green for the leaves and the blue to frame the word Hello and give the die cut some contrast.
Once I was done coloring, I added Wink of Stella Clear to the roses - I apologize the photos don't share that detail too well. To bring in gold foil, I die cut the word "hello" using gold foil cardstock for later.
For the background, I ink-blended some Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink. Then I adhered the delicate die-cut onto the cardbase and added the gold foil letters into the space, propping them up using 3M foam tape for added interest. To complete my first card, I added the word "friend" by embossing it in white over black cardstock from the stamp set Word Series: Brilliant.
My second card uses the new Dainty Blossoms and Noteworthy Frames dies. These two die sets are made to be used together but are versatile and can be used separately as well. I started by doing the same thing I did in the first card. I die cut the images and colored the parts using Copic markers (RV00, V12, BV04, YG61).
The Noteworthy Frames cuts a line on top and bottom but does not cut the sides so that you can slide things through it - I think it's brilliant! After die cutting that on a card panel towards the bottom where I want my Dainty Blossoms held together, I slid a piece of printer paper through the slit to mask off the frame so that I could again use Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink to blend the background for more interest. Then I embossed the sentiment from the My Favorite Things to Say stamp set over the frame in gold embossing powder.
I slid my die-cut flowers through and taped them on the back to hold them in position. I even cut the two blue stems to give them the impression that they are longer than they are. Finally, I used gold foil cardstock to add a scallop stitched frame over the card and propped it up using 3M foam tape.
That's a wrap! I hope you enjoyed these cards and will consider creating something for the Monthly Challenge! There are prizes! <3 . Have a wonderful day, friends!