Thursday, May 20, 2021

Dragonfly Garden

 Hello my friends! I hope you are all doing well. A few posts ago, I said that I was feeling a little blue. One friend of mine that is a faithful follower of my blog got in touch with me right away to see how I was doing. She was really concerned that I was feeling sad and wanted to make sure I was going to be okay. To have a friend like that is definitely something to be cherished. Today's card is for that friend. 

I wanted to try a new to me technique that another friend had told me about ages ago. The recipient of this card is an adventurous card maker and is not afraid to try anything new so I felt this would be the perfect time to try this technique. Thanks for sharing this technique with me Judy B, I finally gave it a try!

I started with a quarter sheet of vellum cardstock. I used my Stampin' Blends to colour all over the piece of vellum. I used Granny Apple Green and Bermuda Bay for my colours. I coloured splotches of each of the colours until the entire sheet was full. I then used a 0.5 inch flat paint brush to paint on rubbing alcohol. It is very important to use an alcohol that is as close to 100% as you can get. I used 99% and it worked beautifully. Apparently regular rubbing alcohol, which is 70%, does NOT work. I didn't try it though so I can't say for sure. I'm just going by the Youtube presentation that I watched. The alcohol makes the colours blend and run and it looks so awesome. You never know what you are going to get but it always looks great.

Once my vellum piece was dry, I stamped the flower image from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set using Jet Black Staz On ink. I used the Staz On ink because water based inks could possibly smear and would take a long time to dry. I then added my vellum directly to a piece of Basic White cardstock. I used Tombo multipurpose glue and applied it to the back of my vellum using a sponge so I could get a very thin, smooth application of the glue. That way you don't see the adhesive showing through on the vellum. I cut this piece down and matted it on top of a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I then added this to a Basic White Thick card base.

I stamped my sentiment from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set using Jet Black Staz On ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I then used the Banners Pick a Punch to cut a banner into both edges of my sentiment piece. I added adhesive to the back of my sentiment piece and added a piece of  Old Olive/ Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon in a swirl. I then added dimensionals to the back of it and placed it on my card front. Even though there is no Old Olive or Pretty Peacock ink in this card at all, I felt that this ribbon coordinated beautifully with it.

What I used for today's card:

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock

Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set

Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends

Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends

Jet Black Staz On Pad

Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. It was really fun to do this new technique and it is so beautiful. I will definitely be making more cards like this. Have you tried this technique? I challenge you to give it a try. Also, a huge thank you to my friend for checking in on me. You know who you are and I am very grateful for your friendship!

Stay well and keep creating!


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