Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Faith, Hope and Love

Got to play today! I have been wanting to try dyeing Primas (actually, Bazzill paper flowers and Hero Arts Art Flowers white and cream) ever since I saw Faith Hofrichter's Prima Painting tutorial. It's so much more economical to buy cream/white ones and dye them yourself than buying pre-colored ones, some of which you may never use. The possibilities are endless!

This card is approx. 5.5" x 5.5". The base is Pretty in Pink.

I started with the designer papers as my guide. I used two papers from the Basic Grey Sugared Collection. I wanted to go soft this time. And NO BLACK on this card! Can you believe it? So rare for me! I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder on top and the CB Floral Screen on the bottom. I stitched with white thread around the edges.

I used SCS Sketch Challenge 222 (SC222) for this one. Simple design. It allowed for a big word stamp, which is what I needed. I chose the I Corinthians 13:13 Scripture from Our Daily Bread Designs' Love set as my centerpiece and stamped it in True Thyme (a past SU "In Color" ink) on cream cardstock, then cuttlebugged it using the largest oval from the Nestabilities Classic Oval Small set.

Below it is True Thyme cardstock that has designs taken from the Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template. I used a thread cutter to distress the edges, much like Tim Holtz's Paper Distresser. I mounted it on cream cardstock that was cut and embossed from the largest rectangle in the Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Rectangle Small set.

The ribbon is twill tape (SU). I used the Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch on vellum to accent under the main piece. I used 3D-Dots to glue it down under the ribbon so it would stick out a bit.

For the flowers I used re-inkers and a water brush to dye them. I found that the ink-to-water ratio affects the outcome. So if you want a really light color, use lots of water and little ink. Reverse it if you want to go darker. The bigger flower (by Bazzill) is inked with Pretty in Pink. The smallest one (Hero Arts) is with True Thyme. The middle one (Hero Arts) is not dyed. For the center I used a Making Memories jumbo antique pewter brad. I glued a large pink gem in the center. Kind of makes me think of passion flowers.

I remember when I was 10 or 11 and my family had recently been transferred to Alabama from California. My parents were clearing some woods on the side of our yard and I saw one in the woods! What an exotic flower it was! I was totally taken with it. There it was, growing in my backyard not far from the copperheads and the water moccasins, lol (we lived on a lake). Of course, I had no idea what it was, and there was no easy Internet access to google it, so it was many years later that I found out what it was.

I used 2 very thick Sticky Doos stacked on top of each other to put the flower into place and have it stand tall on the card. I added 3 pink gems to the bottom for balance.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful evening!

Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs Love

CS: Pretty in Pink, DP from Basic Grey Sugared Collection, cream, True Thyme

Inks: True Thyme (pad and re-inker), Pretty in Pink (re-inker)

Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Floral Screen embossing folders, Nestabilities Classic Oval Small and Classic Scalloped Rectangle Small and Classic Rectangle Small, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch, Bazzill cream paper flowers, Hero Arts Art Flowers white and cream, pink gems, Making Memories jumbo antique pewter brad, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos, piercing tool, sponge mat, sewing machine, twill tape (ribbon), water brush


Kelley said...

Very pretty...love the center of the flower!

Judy Rozema said...

What a beautiful card -- I love the colors!

Barbara said...

Thanks for your visit and comments.
What talent and patience you must have to create such amazing cards.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This ivery Pretty Kim!! Love the flowers, layout and the flowers!!

Teresa said...

This card is so beautiful, Kim! Remember how much I swooned over the first Sweet Herbs card? This one is no different. I now have two favorites. Love the colors and the way you put them together. Love the hint of vellum. So soft yet with a slight punch of bold with the flower. Really elegant and yet with a gentle almost country feel. You did it again girl. You know this one needs to be sent off for publishing right?

Amy Sheffer said...

Beautiful! Love the dramatic, bold flower and the gorgeous papers. Awesome job with the ODBD stamps!