It is always Pink Time for me!! I love pink: light or dark or hot pink…
I’d had in mind to do a couple of what I call “Eastern European” style cards. I am subscribed to three sites that originate in that part of the world. Thankfully, the blogs translate from what it says on my screen is Russian to English. It still takes a little imagination to understand that type of direct translation but I get the drift and the projects on these sites are breathtaking.
What you see here is my attempt at their very feminine, very loose Shabby Chic style. They will frequently choose a color palate and have their design team members create individual projects using that color palate as their only unifying theme. When they hit upon a pink theme I was already hooked but the beauty of the projects they created gave me a rush.
Nowhere could I find the deep, bright pink that had been used on some of their cards. A lot of cardstock that passes for a bright medium pink looks a little peachy when up against the paler, softer pinks or the very deep pinks. What to do!?!
Answer: Make your own design on paper… once again.
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Right after CHA, I purchased a set of Color Bursts powdered watercolor pigments and just had to play with them. Ken Oliver’s red color, Alizaron Crimson, some watercolor paper and water did the trick. I added a dusting of Perfect Pearls powder in Pearl and had exactly what I wanted. I love it when that happens! From this paper, I cut some of my Prima Leaves and then added a few in plain white cardstock.
I made one central flower from plain white cardstock and the other from crepe paper. Then filled the centers with various beads and pearls. Somewhere online, I saw a demo using crepe paper for flower making and was reminded me that I had a mini-stash of some pastel crepe paper I bought several years ago. The box was sitting on my shelf clearly marked yet passed by so often it had become invisible to me. Now was the time to get working with some of that pink crepe paper and this was the resulting BIG flower!
There must be a gluing technique I need to learn because their cards had mounds of pearls and such in the centers of their flowers. I couldn’t quite get mine to mound up the way I wanted but I was happy with them nonetheless.
I used the Weathered Clock die and the Shabby Flowers die from Tim Holtz Alterations and the Madera Corner die from Memory Box, as well as that beloved Prima Leaf die.
Digital components have never been used much in my crafts but I’m beginning to find a great deal of fabulous stuff. My flowered paper was a digital purchase. The little clock face that so perfectly says “Take time to love the little things.” was a free image online. Both of these were printed out on cardstock right on my inkjet printer.
With the addition of some lace, I had the card I had imagined after taking in the details from all the cards I had seen and loved. I hope you like it as much as I do and I also hope to hear from you… give me a comment won’t you?
Blessings & Hugs, ya’ll