Blossoms, a freebie and thrifty find.

I had a swap for July in Oriental Stamp Arts, the theme was blossoms and I thought this would be a  great opportunity to work on my Alcohol pen coloring. 

One card I made earlier and blogged about it:

The next card was a little bit different. It does have one thing in common: RED
I have also discovered red has a reputation for being difficult to handle in AP coloring.

You can see a significant difference in these blooms,  I like them both.
The first one I used shades of red only and it seemed a little flat to me, the second bloom I used BP's and CR's - blue pinks and coral reds.  Knowing these blossoms were going on a blue paper I knew the over all colors would work.  It also made me realize 168 colors might not be enough!

I created an easel to help with the coloring, I have some tendon damage in my hands that feels like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

This is an accordion file folder.  It gives me enough of a wedge shape to ease hand strain.  I store cheap water color paper in it to use as a blotter.

for my second card I printed two set of stems from this botanical print.

I changed the color a bit as I wanted it to work with the strange back ground I picked.
I really liked the blue and craft and thought this would make an unusual card.  I sure hope my swap partner likes it!

You can right click  this and save for your stash

Fussy Cut

because of the textured and metallic paper I used the old faithful glue gun for adhesion.

 A6 size mounted on Kraft colored packing board.

If you like craft paper , buying chip board sheets at uline is the way to go - 960 sheets for $43.00.  The same amount of paper would be $280.00 through Stampin up, and the uline is a heavier paper.  I do use a lighter weight kraft paper for direct stamping, but for bases weights, uline is the way to go.

Thanks for stopping by , I hope you have a great weekend!
Ginny M


Ah Ginny, your colouring is really superb, well done on both but agree with you the second looks great and do love the background contrasts too well done.. thanks for sharing,
Shaz in Oz,x
{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}
Another beautiful blossom card, Ginny. The reds are really just stunning and I can certainly see more depth in this one adding in the extra colors, but I think they're all beautiful anyway! Have a great weekend!
How lovely. You flowers are popping off the page!
Jan Castle said…
Lovely look Ginny!!!
Paper Hugs,

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