Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dogwood Blossoms Anniversary


Still hot out, yes? Here, too - blah, I'm melting! I have visions of rolling in the snow without much on, let me tell you.

Susie is hosting a challenge on StampTV and it's a SKETCH! If you know me, you know that sketch challenges make me *shudder*!!! But I'm giving it the old college try and hope that you do, too!!!

Here is the sketch:

This is an anniversary card for friends in BC, Canada. I looked up their "flower" for the province, and it is dogwood blossoms primarily, but some people also want the rhododendron as their flower. I put dogwoods on the front and a fuchsia color rhodie inside the card. I need to make a bigger envelope for this extended type of topper card (can't remember what these are called). 

Using both sizes of butterflies and the mini dogwood blossom from the stamp set,, I stamped the background of the base card. Looking back, I wish I would have used 120# GKD cardstock for the image because the gold cord is causing bumps on the 80# Neenah layer :/ (Me no happy. Might just tear it off and do over.)

The dogwood blossoms are first colored with Prismacolor pencils, then gamsol, then a little deeper color of greens using Copic markers. I covered the centers with dollops of Glossy Accents but don't like how that turned out either. So I tried adding Perfect Pearls in Opal. Wiped that off but left a kind of sheen. (Yup, probably will tear off and do over). To help "cover" all the boo boos, I painted on a thin coat of Mod Podge over the leaves, then sprinkled a bit of glitter into the centers. (Definitely going to tear off and do over). But the picture feels good enough in this heat to upload into the STV gallery, whew! This is reality cardmaking people!

Stamp Sets: Stately Flowers #10 (dogwood) and #4 (rhodies), Lacy Borders (sentiment), all by Gina K. Designs
Cardstock: GKD 120# White (base) and Grass Green (layers), Neenah white for panels
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Postage (image), Frames (green layer); Spellbinders "Reflective Moment" for green layer behind sentiment)
Inks: Images stamped with Pear Pizzaz by SU
Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils
VersaFine black ink and Silver Pearl embossing powder (sentiment)
Glossy Accents, Prisma color glitter, gold cord, Dries Clear, Mod Podge, Scor Tape, Wink of Stella (on the background butterflies)

Thank you for stopping by!!!
With ♥ Aloha ♥


  1. Absolutely stunning coloring and great card design. I hope you get cooler weather soon.

  2. You're too hard on yourself Rosie, I think this looks great. No need to do over.

  3. Pretty card! I would leave it as it and sent it in a padded envelope. We are back to August with the hot weather, so hang in there. I stay inside a lot.

  4. This is STUNNINIG! Love how vibrant and bold the dogwood blossoms look. They really take center stage and this Sketch is perfect to show them off! WOW!!!

  5. This is oh, so pretty. Only YOU would color dogwood blossoms green and get away with it. LOVE how you have used the Prismas and then highlighted with Copics...great tip. Thanks for the inspiration. Great take on the sketch and beautiful design...well done, once again!!!

  6. Beautiful dogwoods! Yes, we have a lot of rhodos here, but the dogwood is "the" provincial flower! Sorry I haven't commented on your cards as often as I'd like--still dealing with serious health issues...and mom's. Ps it's not hot here!

  7. Such a beauty Rosy!! There isn't anything that I would change about it. I love all of the detail!! You did a fantastic job!!!!! :) Aloha!!

  8. This card caught my eye over at StampTV. It's stunning Rosie! Love the colors and the coloring - it's perfect!


Your kind comments really encourage me a TON! Mahalo nui loa!