I hope you are having a great week! I am slowly coming back to reality after a week vacation. Our family took a wonderful trip to San Diego last week…what a treat! The boys both had some real favorites events. Oldest loved seeing the USS Midway and all the airplanes while the youngest enjoyed both the zoo and Sea World. I love a vacation that can allow everyone to see something that feeds their interests!
So I finally got back into the craft room yesterday and that always seems to be a slow process for me. Fortunately, Karren created a fabulous (and really workable) sketch for Freshly Made Sketches that made it a bit easier. I knew I wanted to use these pretty flowers from Altenew (Botanical Garden) and also pulled inspiration from Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge. I loved the blue and the yellow and also the bokeh styling of their photo.
For my flowers, I wanted to try a new to me technique. I have some sneak peek Petal Point inks from Clearsnap that are pigment inks so I tried this technique from Jennifer McGuire. It is a little bit messy but I agree with Jennifer that using your fingers to apply ink is easy to control. It also allowed me to have a bit of a splattered look on the flowers per the inspiration.
The fun part with pigment ink is that it stays stickier for a little longer and that allows time to be able to come back and emboss the whole image. The effect gives a bit of shine and depth to the card that is hard to capture in a picture. For my center panel of the sketch, I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White and embossed it with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (SU). It adds a subtle texture without pulling attention from the flowers.
I hope you are off to a great week. I’m back to stamping today and a bit of gardening too. I love this time of year in Virginia and my youngest is still off this week for break. We are getting the gardens all ready for planting our vegetables and re-mulching to get things tidy after the winter. I’m lucky he is such a great helper! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon! Supplies:
Stamp: Botanical Garden (Altenew), Sentiment (Paper Pumpkin by SU) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Petal Point Pigment Inks; Paper: Thick Whisper White; Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF (SU), Dimensionals, Basic Pearls (SU), Black Sharpie Marker