I bought some Imagination Craft Silkies cheap at the QVC Outlet recently & this is my first real attempt to paint with them. I didn’t use the supplied brush because it wouldn’t allow me to create the fine detail I needed. For the main image, which is from an Imagination Crafts decoupage stamp set, I painted the background in diluted Apple Lace, then coloured the leaves with it undiluted. The flowers were painted in Sunset Satin and Firecracker Satin, and I did two layers of the smaller flower & three of the larger one, layering them up with Collall dimensional glue. American Crafts Pop! Microbeads were used for the flower centres, stuck on with Cosmic Shimmer glue.
For the background strip I masked off a section of the card & used diluted Apple Lace again, then stamped smaller individual stamps from this decoupage set & another Imagination Crafts set to create the background pattern. This was where I got really creative! Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on an Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry Pen Nib, I drew along the edge of the strip a few times to match the edge of the stamped main image. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, despite the fact that both decoupage & shiny finishes really aren’t normally my sort of crafting! It’s good to go out of your comfort zone sometimes. My late father was a very talented watercolour artist. I thought about him a lot while I was making this card & I think he’d have liked the finished result.
Cardstock: Base – Colotech Plus 300gsm, Flowers – Southfield Stationers 160gsm
Stamps: Imagination Crafts decoupage range
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paints: Imagination Craft Silkies
Microbeads: American Crafts Pop!
This is my card for my lovely Mum and, as often happens, the end result doesn’t remotely resemble what I’d planned! I fell for the Sketchy Flowers set at Digistamp Boutique and loved the card Kerry Cox (aka Pickle) had made, so intended to do something similar.
Once I’d got going, though, I decided to colour one of the flower images using a Lavender Promarker; I imported the image into Craft Artist 2 Professional and recoloured it. When I’d finished colouring the flower I decided it was too “flat”, despite shading & blending. As an experiment I went over the flower with short strokes of a Copic Blending Pen as I know that, unlike the Promarker Blender, it tends to bleach the colour out and I quite liked the resulting effect. Still in Craft Artist 2 Professional, I recoloured some backing paper to match & made the word art. I cut a couple of slits in the card either side of the flower stems & threaded some matching ribbon through before tying it in a bow.
Once the card was assembled it looked ok but just not quite special enough. Then a discussion about micro beads on the Docrafts forum made me realise what was missing – a bit of bling! I took the card apart & used some Glossy Accents to attach some Sweet Poppy Clear Micro Beads as flower centres. Then I covered a new piece of backing paper in double sided adhesive sheet & attached the micro beads to that. Although I think the beaded flower centres work well, the subtle pattern on the backing paper doesn’t show through the beads so I’d use a stronger-patterned paper next time as it was an easy technique to do.
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Digistamp: Digistamp Boutique Sketchy Flowers
Coloured with Lavender Promarker.
Sweet Poppy Micro Beads.