Wednesday, September 05, 2012

SNP A Peony for Your Thoughts

Greetings stamp fans :) I like to keep Thinking of You cards on hand because they suit so many occasions or needs. I decided to use the Japanese Peony stamp from Stamp N Plus Scrap N to make the focal of this card. I used my Prismacolor pencils and a little OMS to colour this image which I had stamped in black Archival ink three times. I pounced a little white acrylic paint over the centers of the flowers and then cut them into twinchies (2X2"). The edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Tiny brads were fitted into the corners and foam tape was adhered to the back of each.

The background started with Recollections Habitat paper covering the card front. Then a piece of K & Co. Wild Raspberry paper was cut using a template to trace the shape. Faux stitching was added to the edges before gluing it to the green. Another piece of green was cut to fit across the yellow and contain the three images. Once all that was glued down, it looked a little plain so I lined the top and bottom of the green strip with hot pink satin ribbon. Yummy! It's amazing how such a small detail can perk up an entire card design.

The sentiment was computer generated, printed on green scraps, and half circles were cut with a punch. Faux stitching around the tops of the semi-circles tied them in with the  rest of the card and also made them show up better next to the patterned paper.

This is a very simple but effective design which could serve as a starting sketch for many other types of cards. The ink distressing and doodling make all of the parts work together. Hope this gives you a little Wednesday inspiration.

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ParkNSlide said...

That pink ribbon adds just the perfect pizzaz. Great design.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Cool play of words here! Love those peonies!