Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Rain

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Hi friends,

It always takes a push to get me back creating and blogging these days.  I wish it wasn't so, but I'm afraid it is (at least until we get to September and get started with my annual 12 Tags of Christmas).  Here I am again, filling in over at Frilly and Funkie.

The current challenge is April Showers, but I chose to make my piece April Rain.  You know, the cold sleeting kind that we sometimes get instead of those happy light April showers?  I have a couple of friends who lost dear loved ones this month and wanted to do some sort of sympathy piece as a tribute.

I gravitated back to my favorite type of background that Wendy Vecchi created a couple of years ago - rubbing alcohol and archival inks.  I absolutely love the way these backgrounds turn out!  For this piece, I rubbed a Cobalt Archival ink pad on my craft sheet and spritzed it with rubbing alcohol.  I dragged a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper through the puddle, trying to keep it toward the top half of the sheet, then it was dried it with my heat tool.  I did that several times, drying it between each application.  The process was repeated with Cornflower Blue on the bottom half of the sheet.  I wanted the darker blue at the top to look like thunder clouds.

Once I had the background layer done, I randomly stamped Wendy's Script background stamp, rolling it instead of stamping flat, with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I didn't want full coverage.  Next a sympathy sentiment was stamped with a stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Card Art Sentiments.

After that, Wendy Vecchi's White Texture Paste was applied at the top right over the Tim Holtz Ornate Stencil.  (Just a small kudos to Wendy here on the jars she uses for her Texture Pastes - they keep the pastes moist for much much longer than most other brands.  My paste hasn't been opened in at least 3-4 months and when I opened it, it was like a brand new jar!).

Anyway, back to the whites, I was going for sort of a heavenly eretheal feel with all the white that I used on the piece.  White was carried through by stamping the tree from the Wendy Vecchi Card Art Sentiemnts set with Glacier White Pigment Ink and white embossing it.

The piece was finished off by die cutting the sentiment strips from the brand new Tim Holtz Pondering Words die set (great set - 33 word strips to create your own taylored sentiments).  Also the Wildflowers 2 Thinlits die set was used to die cut white flowers that were tied with crinked seam binding stained with Colbalt archival ink.

So that's it.  I had several peaceful evenings in my craft room messing around with inks, texture pastes, stamps and the like.  I had a couple of false starts before this came to fruition, but I really enjoyed making it.  I hope you enjoyed visiting and learning about this piece.  Thank you very much for stopping by.

The above project was created using these products.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger, Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi products are always sold at 20% below MSRP.


Jenny Marples said...

LOVE that background Linda! You really captured stormy skies perfectly there. And what a beautiful way to mark the loss of a loved one with caring words and wonderful flowers xx

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Our skies looked almost exactly like this when I went out for my morning stroll. I kept hoping I would make it home before the skies opened up, and thankfully, I did. The color palette on this is so beautiful with the mix of blues, black and white. The sentiment is perfect for a sympathy card, and I love the cluster of white flowers. What a gorgeous piece! I'm glad you could join us!

SewPaperPaint said...

Linda, this is such a fabulous card!!! I just love the sentiment and the gorgeous blue and white palette. Glad to see you crafting as always! <3 Hugs, Autumn

SusanK said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You achieved what you set out to accomplish! I can't wait to get back into cardmaking.

Cec said...

Beautiful! I love the background and while I have done this before I have never tried working in areas and drying in between so now I must try that because it is fabulous. The sentiment is so perfect for a sympathy card and the little spray of wildflowers add so much to this beauty.

butterfly said...

How lovely this is - the stormy background, the gentle melancholy, the beautiful flowers gathered together, and the consoling words - a perfect sympathy card, but really beautiful in its own right too.
Alison x

Marci said...

This is beautiful! I love it.

Suzanne C said...

Wonderful ethereal feel and a lovely card to share with a friend who is suffering a loss. I am so glad when we are lucky enough to have you join us on a challenge!

sarascloset said...

Always so good to see you crafting. I love it when you post your beautiful projects, because I always learn so much. (And with that comes new products I add to my wish list!) Sympathy cards are so difficult to make, but you did a fabulous job with this, starting with the background--almost too pretty to cover up. But your stamping, die cuts and embellishments are the perfect compliment to make a beauty of a card! Hugs!

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