Today I have a card for two challenges:
The Heart Desires Challenge #3 – We have a trendy inspiration picture for this challenge. If you haven’t seen it, think succulents, gold, white, pink, plus woodgrain. Yes, I could be describing my own card…
Flickr Love group August challenge – The theme is “LOL”. In this case, the acronym can be interpreted in two different ways: “Laugh Out Loud” or “Lots of Love”. The sentiment in my card is kind of fun, so I guess it fits the “Laugh Out Loud” theme.
To join in the fun, these are the basic rules:
1 Add this tag to your entry lovechallenge#8 all one word.
2 Post to the Love group photo pool.
3 Share it in the discussion stream.
You will have until the 31st of August to post your entry (max. 2).
I had a lot of fun working with mixed media products. For the hexagons I used a mix of translucent embossing paste and gold paint with some stencils from SSS, TCW and Litoarte. Please don’t think of them as vases, instead think of a card covered with hexagons; now remove some of them, or many… what do you see? Exactly, there is a “family” of succulents behind… that was the idea :)!
Believe it or not, I water colored the plants with Kuretake Gansai Tambi over the woodgrain pattern paper. I started by white heat embossing the succulents, then I covered the whole woodgrain piece with two generous coats of clear gesso (vertical and horizontal). After this procedure, water coloring was easy, but if you wish to give it a try, please remember that you lose the heat embossed borders after applying the gesso. This was something I forgot would happen… now I’ll have to try coating with gesso before, and then heat embossing to see if it works. I added a sentiment (Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers) based on my own process, though this is not exactly trusting my crazy ideas… it’s more like a “sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t” kind of card :).
Stamps: Waffle Flower – Potted.
Dies: Sizzix Framelits – Hexagons.
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