Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Artistic Thanks

 Happy Wednesday! Are you surprised to see me twice in one week? Today is the 15th of the month, which means it is time for our monthly Stamping Symphony Blog Hop. This month we are all about saying "Thanks"...after all, it's only polite to send thank you cards after receiving Christmas gifts, right?

Since I am featuring the Expressions in Ink Suite this week, I thought it would be fun to make a pretty almost-Christmasy thank you card. Check this out...

expressions in ink thank you

I absolutely LOVE the splotchy background stamp in the Artistically Inked stamp is so much fun to layer colour and get amazing depth and shading. That is how I created my background on this card. I started with just a plain piece of Basic White card stock and then layered Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, and Calypso Coral. The effect is uh-MA-zing and so stinkin' easy!
To create my focal image, I stamped the flower once in Pale Papaya and then in Poppy Parade. I didn't spend any time trying to line up the two stamped images, as I wanted a bit of a blurred effect. Then I blended the two shades with my Wink of Stella. Not only is it a pretty watercolour effect, but it is sooooo sparkly! The leaves are stamped in Just Jade. I cut one of the detailed branch and a part of the detailed flower from the Artistic Die set from Brushed Gold Specialty Paper, cut them down and then arranged them behind my flower. I also added some gold foil leaves from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack for a bit of contrast in texture. A little gold cord and some gold metallic pearls, as well as a gold-embossed sentiment make this card rich and luxurious. A perfect way to express your thanks to someone special.

expressions in ink thank you

On the inside of my Poppy Parade card base I added a Basic White panel on which I stamped the splotch image again in the same shades I used on the front. I left out a sentiment to allow space to write a heartfelt message. 

expressions in ink thank you

I demonstrated this card in this week's Facebook Live @ Five over on my Facebook business page. You can catch the replay on my YouTube channel here:

Before you go, be sure to check out the next blogs in our hop...there are some super-talented stampers in our group!

Leena - A La Cards (You are here!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week!

expressions in ink thank you

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