Paper Crafts Crew 263 – Altenew Poppy Fields United We Flourish with Ellen Hutson LLC
Welcome back to the Paper Crafts Crew Challenge! This week we have a sketch challenge:
I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this sketch! I had bought the Altenew/Ellen Hutson United We Flourish set called Poppy Fields, and I though it would be perfect for this square card. I actually really struggled with this because I started with a 5-1/4-inch square card and it was just too big. I ended up cutting the card apart and cutting the card front down to 4-7/8″ which made all the difference. Lookie:
GOJUS! One of the reasons I really struggled with this was it wanted to be simpler than I usually do. All that white space freaked me out. FREAKED ME OUT MAN!!!
The poppies are a 3-step process, starting with Ladybug ink, moving on to Rhubarb Stalk, and finally Sweet Plum, all Memento inks. The centers were stamped with Tuxedo Black, but I went back in with Copic markers to color the centers a light gray. I stamped the stems with Pear Tart Memento ink.
I stamped the greeting with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow black EP. After that, I carefully used a ruler and a Penblade to cut just up to the “d” in admire above and below and also up to the “r”, allowing me to cut around those with a scissors. The greeting has a little bit of Scotch vellum tape behind it just so that it sticks down at the ends and over the poppy. This stuff really does disappear when you use it.
Along the sides, I added the embossing with a stylus and my scoring board. I originally was just going to put sequins on the card, but a) it looked way too much like the sample card for this set on the Ellen Hutson website, and b) it was just not want I wanted. I decided to add some stamped circles for a kind of bokeh effect and looked through a few sets to find something I could use. I finally settled on Modern Christmas from Ellen Hutson and stamped using second and first generation with Pear Tart ink. I ended up adding some clear Wink of Stella over the circles and the centers of the poppies for a gentle shimmer. Then I went ahead and added just 3 sequins, because WHY NOT?!?!?
The paper at the sides is from Doodlebug Design and really helps the red poppies POP!
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