Thursday, April 18, 2019

Adorned With Flowers...

Hi folks, the die-cutting production line in the cubbyhole has been running at full speed which inevitably means the floor has been carpeted every day in waste. I always start with great intentions, to poke the little bits and pieces into the bin as I go along but a leopard doesn't change it's spots and you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Thank goodness for the cubbyhole's faithful servant, Mr Dyson is all I can say, on standby 24/7 and certainly earning his keep.
So I thought it was time to turn all that effort into making some cards, starting off with the gorgeous and very detailed Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adorned Thinlits.

You may be a little confused following the step by step instructions for this card but I found myself going off on an entirely different tangent, so bear with me as I jump from one idea to another.
I began by stamping the Botanical background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanical and Batik with Distress Archival Hickory Smoke ink on to a panel of Distress Watercolor card.
I covered the entire panel with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adorned Thinlits die-cuts, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and trimmed down to measure 3.3/4" x 5.3/4". I scribbled on Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons, rubbed them into the detail with my fingers and removed some of the colour from the die cuts with a soft cloth.
I then scraped Distress Grit Paste randomly over the background and left to dry naturally as advised by Ranger.
I die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wildflower Stems 1 Thinlits from Distress Watercolor card and black Classic Kraftstock but ended up not using the kraftstock stems.
This was the point where I had a change of heart and decided to go completely off piste with a different colour scheme. I spritzed the panel liberally with Hickory Smoke Distress Stain and a little water and moved the colour around with a small paintbrush until I was happy with the background. Once it was dry, I added splatters of White Gesso.
The dark background now needed an addition of something light, so I die-cut a panel from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangles, masked off the stitched edges and stamped using the Botanical background with Hickory Smoke Distress Archival and the Entomology background with Black Soot Archival. I removed the masking tape and used a small paintbrush to add Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink around the edge to accent the stitched detail. I darkened the edges with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool and fixed in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I coloured one of the flowerheads with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide using a  Distress Detailer Brush and the other two with Wilted Violet to add a pop of colour to this otherwise grey landscape.
I coloured the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crochet Thinlits die-cut with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide, spritzed with water, scrunched up in my hand and dried. I tore the edges and fixed to the panel using dots of Distress Collage Medium Matte.  I matted the panel on to white card, then on to a panel of grey Classic Kraftstock, sanded back to reveal the kraft core and fixed to a 5" x 7" white card blank.
I highlighted the wording on an Idea-ology Quote Token using a Picket Fence Distress Crayon, fixed to the card with Mini Foam Adhesive and added a twine bow. 
I'm a little disconcerted that I don't appear to have made much of a dent in this pile of unruly die-cuts so the plan for this morning is to get the kettle on, get sorting, pop them into individual bags as a gift for some crafty friends I'm meeting up with next weekend. 
But I may have a job on my hands with those intertwined Adorned swirls which appear to have become a little too familiar with each other. 
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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  1. Stunning Kath, love the pop of colour on the flowers and stunning background.
    Linda xxx

  2. Love the card and the use of the die cuts; "adorn" and grit paste adds wonderful dimension to the card, it is almost mesmerizing. And the color scheme is beautiful, reminds me of crocuses peeking through on a cloudy day! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and techniques.

  3. I just love the way you changed your mind, the darker and grungier background you created is the perfect base for the delicate and beautiful flower stems and the gorgeous lace. It was definitely worth the 'mess' you created to end up with this beauty. Hugs, Anne xx