Saturday, April 17, 2010

April Blog Waltz

waltz with us April 17th
Welcome to the April WMS Blog Waltz! :) If you happened upon my blog, you should check out all the festivities at the WMS forum! All the DT members participating may have some flowers hidden in our photos! Collect them all and you might win a fun little prize!

This month we were to focus on the theme of mothers so I have a fun little card you can send your Mom any time of the year.

I decided to merge Spring Baskets and Roses in Bloom, my favorite floral set of all time (well, as of now... you never know what Claire has up here sleeve!)

The roses and leaves are embossed with white embossing powder. After I did that, I decided the roses didn't stand out enough. Instead of coloring, I applied some light cream ink with a paper towel to give it a softer look and let the roses pop just a bit more. It's funny, after trying multiple sponging products, I've discovered paper towels work the best for me when applying ink to a project. (Although I only buy these really expensive cloth feeling paper towels -- got hooked on them and now no other paper towel is good enough... so I'm probably not really saving any money. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm killing more trees and spending more money than if I just used a sponge)

The sentiment comes from Spring Baskets -- I love intermingling my sets and this sentiment fit the area I had left the best. I didn't think ahead when I started the card -- none of the sentiments I wanted really fit in the area I had left. So I just went sentiment hunting through my other sets.


Thanks for waltzing by!

Stamps: (sentiment from Spring Baskets, flowers and leaf from Roses in Bloom) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper, Ink, Ribbon: PTI
Border Punch: (Apron Lace) Fiskars

42 comments :

Silke Ledlow said...

WOW this is simply GORGEOUS!!! Hugs ~S~

Carly said...

So pretty! Lovin' the kraft, white and pop of pink!

Lee said...

Belinda, this card is stunning. It is so simple yet it has so much WOW factor. Well done!

Angela Mclean said...

Superb design and so love the simplicity of the colors. Thanks for the paper towel tip.... must give it a try... !
Hugs,
Angela xxx.

Pauline said...

Lovely soft roses, they are stunning. Love the pink ribbon it looks fab on kraft. Pauline x

craftymom205 said...

Beautiful

Claire Brennan said...

Oh WOW! Belindaaaaaa! this is stunning! so fresh and new looking!! what a fab treatment you gave those roses! Thank you so much!!

Joan B said...

OK, I am totally copying this. LOVE it.

Sofia ;) said...

Such a lovely card!!! So simple yet the flowers just pop!!! Love it!!!

Sharli said...

Belinda, This card is ethereal - very very pretty! Excellent work!

craftymom205 said...

Beautiful

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

so pretty :)

Helen said...

Belinda, this is just FANTASTIC! What a simply elegant card - I absolutely love it and want to give it a try!! Thanks for the inspiration :) x

Laurie Marmon said...

I think this card is fabulous! I'm a paper towel ink applier too, who knew? HAHA! Very pretty card. I'm jealous of your color pairings with kraft...you do it so flawlessly.

Sharron said...

Absolutely stunning!! I love how you embossed the flowers and kept them white. And the white & pink on the kraft works so well--very, very lovely!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love this technique and haven't tried it yet! Your design is awesome and the way the roses pop off of the kraft is beautiful! Great job!!

Heather said...

So pretty with the embossed white - and that sponging idea! I have to try that sometime. I've often used cotton puffs, but stick to my cut up art sponges.

Heather P. said...

This is gorgeous!!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Simplicity at its best! Bravo Belinda!

Hugs,
Lisa

Genevieve said...

So elegant! Love it :)

Kelly S. said...

Holy STUNNING card! Those roses with the the touch of shading are amazing! Awesome layout, too! WOW just WOOOOOOW!

Debbie said...

Wonderfully simple card but extemely eye catching, love it!

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful Belinda! I love the rubbed inking over your embossed flowers - what a great look! and the pink really pops with the Kraft!

Jill S said...

This is a really beautiful - I love this colour of pink with the craft and your finishing touches are beautiful.

Joanne Gilch said...

Lovely card, thanks for the idea using a paper towel...I'll start with the ones on a roller near my craft table. They are the perfect size....select-a-size, then move up the paper towel price range ladder...LOL

Melanie said...

I love the softness of the flowers on this card. Just like a mother.

carole said...

Beautiful card, I love this effect on the flower, I saw it on Nichole Heady's blog but I never tried it... but I am sure, I will asap.

Have fun
Carole

Melissa said...

So pretty! I'm going to try your paper towel technique--this is such a great look!

Dana said...

Beautiful Belinda. SO, so pretty. I too am addicted to high-quality papert towels (Viva brand only!) but I have not yet used them in my studio!

Kathryn B said...

I love how you made your roses they are stunning!!! Great job and I must try that technique!

Nancy said...

Beautiful card Belinda!
Love how you colored the roses.

Charmaine Stack said...

This is a very soft pretty card. White on kraft really does look great. At first I thought the roses had been embossed on vellum!

LaurieJ said...

Lovely lovely! You are oh so talented.

Rachel Webber said...

This is stunning - I love what you did with the rose - I thought it was stamped on parchment until I read your description!

Rach
x

SnappyStamper said...

Gorgeous - I love the Kraft/Pink/White colors!!!

Stephanie Kraft said...

WOW! This is absolutely stunning, Belinda!!

Jennifer Holmes said...

Very pretty card - white on Kraft is one of my favorite things!

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

This is just beautiful Belinda!

Janet said...

I love it. I'm a sucker for kraft paper.

Antje said...

Okay, that's it - I NEED that set. Just hope, that I can creat also such a wonderful card like you!!!! TFS

Lyn S said...

Wow, this is so beautiful Belinda!

Kathi said...

Totally stunning!