Yep... you read that one right pink sunflowers and purple leaves! First up is the card featuring purple flowers. This one is for this month's inspiration challenge at Altenew. I purchased the Altenew Paint a Flower Sunflowers stamp set back at the beginning of December. It finally showed up along with the Fancy Hello die at the end of December! When I saw the Altenew inspiration challenge I wanted to use the colors with the Sunflowers stamp set. Finally got the opportunity to sit down and make the card. Honestly I'm not really sure how I feel about this card. It is definitely different and really outside my box, but sometimes you have to push yourself, right? Stamped the image on watercolor paper with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink and then did the simple watercoloring using the Altenew 12 pan watercolor set. Once I was done I added some splatters of black and white paints. The Fancy Hello was die cut three times from heavy weight vellum and adhered together. Once the panel was dry I die cut it with a Spellbinders Essentials rectangle die. The Fancy Hello was adhered to the panel and I stamped the small sentiment from the set in Nocturne as well. I added the panel to a black cardstock base.
The second card is for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches. The CTD combo is pretty bold and so I wanted to make sure that I used a simple design when creating my card. The FMS sketch was the perfect vehicle. I started by creating a swatch of color on watercolor paper using a purple from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set. Once the piece was dry I die cut the leaves using the solid leaf dies from the Concord & 9th Leafy Layers die set. The skeleton leaves were then die cut from black cardstock and adhered to their solid counterpart. I die cut a couple of small berry stems from black cardstock as well. All the pieces were adhered together to form a cluster. I then die cut some off white cardstock with a Spellbinders rectangle die and strips of the same off-white cardstock with an AJVD sentiment strip die. The strips were adhered to the panel and then I attached the leaf cluster with foam tape. The sentiment (from a small C9 Turnabout stamp set) was stamped using Nocturne ink and the panel adhered to the off-white cardstock base. I added a little bow tied with black twine to finish things off. Just like the first card this one is a little outside my comfort zone, but sometimes you just have to push yourself, right?