Monday, February 16, 2015

2/16 Stampin Up Blended Blooms, featuring Blendabilities, Project Life Love Story with Accessory Pack, and Crystal effects and Freshly Made Sketches

Good Morning!

I have a beautiful work of love to share with you today.  I really do love the clean and simple style of card, but there are some days, (after the second blizzard and countless snowstorm in less than a few weeks) that you just need to let loose and take all day to make a work of art.

Mr. Kempton: What did you do today?
Me: I made two cards.
Mr. Kempton: Oh, that's nice..
Me: Snickers, no that's all I did.. .and it was fun!

{love that man}

Oh I guess I filmed a video for a friend, and did some other stuff, but all I really did was this awesome card that was worth sitting down and blogging about.  I love that feeling when you create something so beautiful, and you know it came from you.  From your heart.  I love that feeling!

I guess we all need a day like that now and again, and I'm so glad I did it.  A day to listen to our creative side and make something pretty, with sparkles or in this case SHINE, lots and lots of shine.

This card is for my sweetheart after all, and he's worth a day, yes?  Here's a peek at the front card for starters.  You dont really catch the whole effect without the side angle shots, but it's so pretty!

I started with the most lovely sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Then my fun really started.

I guess I didnt snap a photo at the blendabilities portion of my project, but I cut a piece of whisper white cardstock to 3x4" and stamped it with Blended Blooms Stamp by Stampin Up, in momento tuxedo black ink.   I grabbed my brand new Bermuda Bay Blendabilities Markers (I call them blendies) and my color lifter and began coloring my flowers.  That took me a while!  It was a wonderful process.  Everyone deserves a day to just stay home and color. 

Next, I knew this was going to be a valentine for my love, so I grabbed the accessory pack from the project life love story pack, and found this cute sheet of die cut stickers.  They are cardstock on the top so you can make them into anything you want with a swipe of a pen! 

I used my blendies to create a gradation, and did the dark marker on the top and bottom of my word, and then ran the lightest marker through the middle (blending the color throughout, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the effect!  :)  I placed this down on one of the premade project life cards "smitten" and stuck the forever right on top and trimmed the panel down to fit my card.

Next, I grabbed my crystal effects and made a thin coat layer over the top of my flowers, and let that dry for about 10 minutes.  Coat two, took about two hour to dry.  Here's the second layer.
You can still see some of my brush strokes in the crystal effects but it's really starting to pop and look pretty here.  You an also note, that I grabbed my soft sky blendabilities and outlined the flowers with the lightest color before the second coat.  I did that for a subtle shadow.  I think it looks super pretty now that it's all together.

When that layer was just about dry, I got goopy!  LOVE IT!!  It dried perfectly clear, and dreamy.  Note: a water based marker would have brought the color up into the crystal effects solution, so i love that with blendies, it sits right on top and I dont have to worry about my images getting muddy.  :)  {happy dance}

And I presented my studmuffin with this lovely work of art the next morning.  Oh my gosh, i just LOVE how thick and beautiful the crystal effects turned out.  Dreamy, yes?

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I'm so grateful to be able to share with you.  If you are looking for any of the items I used, there is a complete shopping list below.

Selene Kempton
Stampin' Up! Creative Coach

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Linda Callahan said...

This is glorious! You are a pro with those Blendabilities! I love the bold flowers and the bold sentiment! And the crystal effects looks fabulous! So glad you joined us at FMS!

Jen Brum said...

This is such an amazing card! I love how those flowers are coloured and how fabulous the crystal effects looks! It's so think and yet looks so perfect! Great sentiment! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!