Hello! Today I’m sharing, what will sadly be my last inspiration design for Le Ann’s World 101. I’ve had a blast working with her great digital stamps over the past few months but life has thrown me a very unexpected, but exciting opportunity. I’ve decided to grasp it with both hands and it will take up lots of my time. But more on that in the near future! 😉
For my last card with Le Ann’s World 101, I’ve chosen to use a similar image to the last card I made using her images. I’ve created something very different using the Sweet Nectar image. I printed out the image onto XPress-it blending card and colored it with only my Chameleon Pens and a white pencil to highlight the lightest areas. Using a greyscale image means that the little coloring I do has more impact, all thanks to the already shaded areas.
Once I had finished all my coloring, I die cut the image using an oval die from a nesting die set. At this stage, I decided on the cardstock colors I was going to add my image to and I decided on continuing the purple and white across the rest of the card. I also decided to add a layer of shimmer to the purple cardstock, to give a little more interest to the whole piece.
I wanted to add a thin oval edging to my Sweet Nectar oval but the dies I had didn’t have one that was going to give me the fine edging I wanted. To rectify my problem, I flipped the die I had used and traced around the outer edge. I then cut the oval out by hand and sprayed a light mist of Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz over it. I allowed it to dry and added the Sweet Nectar image onto it with thin lines of acid free PVA, setting it aside to dry fully.
Next, I turned my attention to the card base itself. I’ve really fallen in love with making unusually shaped, hinged cards with my dies and I thought something unusual would suit this image. I chose Spellbinders Cascading Grace Nestabilities Die Set to create the card base from purple card and a decorative layer from white cardstock. After I die cut all my card base pieces, I sprayed the purple card front with the Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and allowed it to dry before gluing the hinged, matching back piece into place. I then added the white decorative piece to the card front with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive. I switched glues for this task just in case any glue seeped out from beneath my decorative piece. This glue dries to the same matte finish as the cardstock and can’t be seen if I make an error. It’s just a safer option when using liquid glues on the front of my cards. Finally, I added my feature oval with a little more Matte Adhesive and placed it all under something heavy while the glue fully set.
While the purple and white combination was effective, I felt a little silver would help enhance the design a little more. I got my Peel Off Stickers out and found a very fine border to add to the edge of the oval. I also found pretty silver birthday sentiment to add and some odd shaped pieces to add to the purple panel as well. These odd shaped pieces were actually the pieces left over on other Peel Off Sticker sheets. I never throw the old sheets away when they have little pieces left on them because I find that these little pieces make great embellishments too. I added the little pieces one at a time, making sure I kept the patterning consistent around the card. I think they worked really well to carry the silver across the entire card.
I hope you get the opportunity to check Le Ann’s World 101 digital images out in the near future. She has so many cute hand drawn images that suit just about any occasion. I particularly think some of her images are just great for making children’s cards, something that’s not always easy to do! Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊