Monday, August 29, 2016

Special Friend

New sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, new paper, new stamp set, and a new technique! And it's NBUS time at Darnell's!  You know you have some 'never before used stuff', so go here and link up!

 I watched Kristina Werner's latest video, and was inspired to try using my glitter watercolors on black paper.  I must confess my freehand efforts to paint with them have not been as successful....but they aren't awful either and I will keep practicing!  It's a really fun technique.  Check it out.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #175 and NBUS Challenge #7

First, I clear embossed one of the images from my new CTMH set, A Bunch of Love, and used the coordinating thin cut and my Cuttlebug to cut out the shape. I painted the flowers and leaves with Yasutomo shimmer water colors. Then gold embossed the sentiment (also from that set). 
I cut a piece of the fabulous new Close To My Heart acetate Fundamentals 'All about the Gold' for the front panel of the top fold card base. Cut black and shiny gold (not sure where that came from...Impress as Christmas I think) banners. The adhesive for the acetate is behind the pennant, and that is so sturdy nothing is needed at the corners.  I popped the bunch of flowers with some foam tape.  It sat on my table overnight, and the grandsons came today. I was about to post it. They have been crafting with me since babies, and the older one (10) says, "It needs another flower". He's so smart. So I clear embossed  two from the Springtime Wishes set, cut them with the coordinating die and added them on the left side. He was very excited about the magic of clear embossing. Later, they made a card for their mom with dry embossing and a heat embossed sentiment....wish I took a picture before they whisked it off.

Those gold stripes sparkle, the gold pennant sparkles, the flowers shimmer. It is a fun card, but inside sentiment is best: "The best thing about this card is the person holding it." (Also in the Bunch of Love set.)
I know I have a special, solid gold friend to send this to.

Lots of words today!  Sorry for the chatty post. Hope you are enjoying our final days of summer.



  1. I saw Kristina's video too and you did fantastic coloring on these flowers. Those shimmery paints are so pretty. I'm visiting from Darnell's blog.

  2. The best part of your post was hearing you talk about crafting with your grands, Dena! My grandsons at almost 12 aren't as interested now, but gosh I have so many lovely memories of the three of us making cards together in the Playhouse the last several years. Now they will still go make a "required" card for their mom or dad without any hesitation, but they don't need grandma's help any more! (That's kinda cool, too!) Anyway, I'll settle down now and focus on your card. It's really pretty! I know shine doesn't show like we'd wish in blog photos, but I can easily imagine how shiny this looks IRL!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #7! It's good to see you again! Hugs, Darnell

  3. You can see the shine in the stripes and I know it's a lot shinier in all the gold and simplicity of the flower arrangement and coloring...stunning card.

  4. So, so pretty Dena! And, I love chatty posts. I do that too- please don't apologize! The shine on your card is lovely... adore the whole effect! ~ Ali