Sunday, April 30, 2017

All My Love

This is one of those very rare cards (at least for me!) that comes together just as I envisioned it.  Although it isn't a true birthday card, this is what I am giving my mom for her 84th birthday this June.  Grab a cup and have a seat - this post is a bit photo heavy.

What I Used to Make my Card:
Lilac Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Memory Box Fairytale Border, #98473
Die-Versions Whispers Fence Background #DVW-314
Sentiment from SemSee's Designs for Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine (Jan 2017)
Hero Arts Bubble Gum Ink
Craft Mat
Zig Clean Color Markers in Light Green, May Green, Carmine Red, Light Carmine, Cobalt Blue, Light Violet & Yellow
Detail Tip Watercolor Brush
White Cardstock

I knew I wanted to watercolor the flowers on the Fairytale Border so I used watercolor paper for the die cut.  I have found that for vibrant watercolor nothing beats Zig Clean Color Markers, and if you like to watercolor, I strongly suggest you grab a set.  Since there is more green than any other color, that is what I used first.  I just sort of scribbled the light green and may green markers around where I wanted the green to go.   

Then, as I blended the greens together, I added more where I felt there may be a bit of color lacking.  The process is very forgiving, as long as you dry your cardstock in between adding colors.   

Then it was time to play with the flowers.  Most of them are colored with just one color, but I wanted the largest blooms to stand out a bit more so I used two reds to color them; carmine red and light carmine.  The picture on the left shows how I colored the flowers with the light carmine, pulling the color from the tip of the flower to the inside.  The picture on the right shows where I colored the inside of the blooms with the darker carmine red.  All I did was just keep blending with the detail water brush, 
drying the flowers and stems in between the blending, and adding more color as needed to achieve the look I wanted.  Once I finished with the border, I die cut the fence background and wove the flowers throughout.

I chose the sentiment from a set of free stamps I had gotten and stamped it onto white card using bubble gum pink ink.  Lastly, I attached the fence and flowers to the card base, then I attached the sentiment, gently placing it under the flowers and lining it up with the fence. 

Another Look
All of the dies I used here are brand new and I can see many more uses for both of them.  In fact, I am putting more "background" dies on my wish list!

Thank you so much for reading my post and I do hope you will come back to the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog to see what my talented teammates have created. There is a NEW project every day! Also, don't forget to sign up for the Dies R Us email updates; you never know what goodies are in stock or going to be on sale.

Have a GREAT week! Christi

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I am entering my All My Love card in the following challenges:
Marker Pop - #118, Watercolor (product they carry Zig Markers)
Kitty Bee Designs - #93, In the Garden
CEEE Stampers - #1717, National Garden Month
Aud Sentiment - #178, Use a Stamp for Your Sentiment 
ModSquad - Love Theme
Scrapy Land - #64, Spring Blooms


  1. Such a gorgeous card, love all the pictures too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at  The Mod Squad Challenge Angie, Challenge Host.

  2. How beautiful! I love your flowers growing on the trellis! I wish my garden looked like this! Thank you for sharing this with us in our Spring Blooms challenge at Scrapy Land! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  3. Very pretty, love the background diecut! Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments and hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs, Sandy

  4. All those die cuts are fabulous, Christi! Love the large one for the background and the flowers are marvelous. Great coloring on them, my friend.

  5. Great card - love the idea!
    Thanks for joining in our Stamp your Sentiment challenge at Aud sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  6. This is so pretty and summery. Love it. Cara x

  7. Beautiful card and beautiful tulips, Christi! Your mom must have loved this colorful design!! Hugs, Darnell


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