Nouveau Chic, that is! I felt like moving away from the pinks and spring greens for something a little different. One of my dear sisters-in-law and her husband have an anniversary coming up and I need a card for them. She has beautiful taste with gray being a popular color for her decorating. Nouveau Chic was an obvious choice, don’t you think? I have to admit that when I bought this DSP, I thought I was going out of my box for colors. I quickly found out that this paper easily lends itself to beautiful cards. Watercoloring seems to be my technique of choice when I am using these colors. I pulled out my Fifth Avenue Floral set again today. Starting tomorrow, Stampin’ Up begins its Two-Step into Spring promotion and this set (along with some others) will be 20% off retail price. This set has been a favorite of mine since the day I opened it. If you don’t already have it, this price it too good to be true! Here are all the sets that have the discount:
|113734||98||Fifth Avenue Floral||$19.96|
Now back to the card… I used the sketch from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 274. This is another great one with loads of possibilities. I almost turned it on its side for a different look but the original sketch worked better for this particular card (maybe I’ll get another chance at it tomorrow!). The Technique Lover’s Challenge 266 at Splitcoast this week is an Inside Out challenge. In other words, decorate the inside to coordinate with the outside. I am so happy I took the extra step inside!!
And here is the inside:
I bet you are wondering about the ribbon, aren’t you??!! Well, it doesn’t take too long looking at my blog to realize that I am a ribbon addict, hoarder, collector! I love SU ribbon, I can’t stop with it! Why…because it is so easy to work with and the textures are so beautiful! Today I am working with the Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon. This one is easy!! Cut a piece about 50% longer than you need and make each end a straight cut (vs. on the angle). Unravel one end just a little until you can see the individual threads that go lengthwise through the ribbon. Find a middle thread and start to pull. The ribbon will start to smush together and you just work it down the piece until you have what you need. I attached the ends at the back with mini glue dots. On the piece inside the card, I used a couple extra glue dots to make sure such a long piece stays secure. I love the texture it provides for not very much actual effort!
I used my watercolor blender pen with Sage Shadow and Going Gray ink to color the flowers, then used the fine tip end of an Apricot Appeal marker to color the centers. The “Love” word is from Well-Scripted (still available for another month). I inked it using a Going Gray marker being careful at the connection point between “love” and “you”. The fine tip of the marker fixed the tiny break in the script.
Thank for dropping by today. I really appreciate your comments!! Off to work in the yard on a lovely day in VA!! Have a great day!
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Well-Scripted, Of the Earth (inside); Paper: Nouveau Chic DSP, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Watercolor (for flowers); Ink: Going Gray, Basic Gray, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal; Accessories: Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Dimesionals, Blender Pen
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