A short while ago my lovely crafting pal Kathy let me know the name of a stamp set she'd used on a card I was admiring. She then sent me a link to the set for a good price, of course another set jumped into my basket whilst browsing the site oopsie ! The 'accidentally' (ahem) purchased set was Stampers' Anonymous 'Flower Garden' CMS215'.
When I 'fessed up to kathy, she said that was on her must-have list so headed off to purchase it. She then told her pal Sarn what she'd bought and (just like a crafters pass-the-parcel) Sarn also purchased a set. Then she thought that as all three of us had the same stamp set, it might be nice to challenge me, kathy and herself to create a project using the set. Oh what fun !
My set took a little longer to arrive than theirs so there has been a slight delay with makes, but I've now been busy. Do click on the links in the above paragraph to check out both of their fabulous creations.
Although there are quite a few different flowers in the set, the favourite of all of us is the Cone Flower, so this is the one we've all used.
For my first card, I decided to use a water colour background technique that is new to me - pressing a Distress Ink pad onto a piece of acetate, spritzing with water then smooshing it onto the card/watercolour paper, drying each colour before adding the next.
DI's used : Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade
Once dry I stamped the cone flower over the background using black Archival ink. I then painted it using Fossilised Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Forest Moss for the stem and used Forest Moss to apply colour through a That's Crafty Dinky Stencil all over. I then added a sentiment stamped directly over the background using a Rubber Necker stamp from their Freehand Frame Phrase set 900. Swiped the black ink pad around the edges and attached to a black 5x5 base card.
I was fairly pleased with finished card, but felt the background was a little too colourful and busy. So I made another, this time using just Mustard Seed through the stencil. The cone flower was coloured with the same DIs as the previous card
I think I prefer this version of the background. The sentiment is from a set which I think was a magazine freebie. Before attaching the painted panel to the black base card, I used another of my new stash items - Gansai Tambi Starry colours, using the Red Gold, applied through the same dinky stencil.
There we go then, two cards using the same tools and materials. I hope both Kathy and Sarn are happy that I've managed to join in with the challenge at last.
Thanks for dropping by.