Hello and Happy New Year! Today I’m with A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge and, for the start of their latest challenge, I’m sharing a card I made using the lovely Fuchsia image by Digistamps4Joy. When I first saw this image, my mind immediately went to the hanging baskets full of these flowers that were in my family backyard as a child so I thought I’d replicate that memory on a card.

I started by digitally adjusting the color of an ombre digital background to mauve hues. I then added a falling snow overlay, from Harper Finch Designs’ New Year Sparkle patterned paper pack papers, to that background, not for the snow effect but more for just to add a little interest to the background panel. I then started adding the single Fuchsia flower onto the panel a number of times, adjusting each flower in size and orientation as I went. Once I was happy with all the arrangements, I saved the whole image as a jpeg file, ready to print onto XPress-it blending card.

I was really looking forward to coloring these flowers. I had been planning to give my Chameleon Pens and Color Tops a bit of a workout, mixing the colors to create some really stunning color variations. I was really happy with the outcomes of my color blending choices but still had to add extra blending with a layer of Chameleon pencil to smooth everything out and add a few highlights. I really loved how the vibrant colors came out, they really jump off the page at you!

Once all my coloring was finished, I trimmed the panel down to size and set to work on the rest of the card. I die cut a hinged card base with one of my favorite dies, the largest die from the Sue Wilson Mosaic Border Background Die Set. I then cut a slightly smaller piece of cardstock as a matting layer. I added some Aubergine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to the outer edges and allowed it to dry before gluing it to the card base and adding my Fuchsia panel.

To finish off, I added silver peel off border stickers and a simple peel off sentiment. I didn’t want to try to add too much more to the card as I really wanted to allow the Fuchsias to take centre stage and I think the peel off stickers add a simple elegance, without overwhelming any piece.

I hope you get to take a break after the hectic Christmas and New Year holiday season and spend some time crafting. Don’t forget to add any of your makes to our challenge, it’s always anything goes! Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊


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