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Silhouette Flower card with Salt & Watercolour background

Joy Crafts LOTV Handwritten Phrases

Today I have part two of my mini-series featuring a fun salt and watercolour background-technique for you. You can find part one here:

You can find part three here:

and the "How to"- post where I explain how I made these backgrounds here:

The idea was to make a card with not too many details because one of today’s cards is for my boyfriend’s aunt whose eyes aren't as good any more as they once were. So I didn’t wanted to many small details. Going through my craft supplies I found a Joy Crafts stamp in their Silhouettes Flowers line (I used : 6410/0051) that fitted this purpose very well!

On the watercolour paper I used Distress Ink “Cracked Pistachio” and sea salt. The last post in this series will explain how you can make this background if you’re not familiar with this technique. After rubbing of the salt I cut the piece to the right size with my Crea-Nest-Lies XXL die (as always!). I stamped the silhouette stamp on with Delicata “Black Shimmer” pigment ink and clear heat embossed.

In my paper stash I found this gorgeous dark pink card stock that combined really well with the pistachio colour. I edged with some Memento “Lilac Posies” to create a bit more contrast.

For the background I used a Marianne Design text background stamp (CS0940) that I inked up with Distress Ink “Cracked Pistachio” and Memento’s “Lilac Posies” and stamped on some white card stock. With a blending foam I pulled in the same colours from the edge inwards and where the pink text background matched the pink card stock too much I also edged with Distress Ink “Seedless Preserves” to create more contrast.

Then I needed a sentiment. I looked through the stamps and dies that I have but I don’t really have a big letter stamp or die that fitted the design I was going for or when I found one that fitted the design there wasn’t enough room left on this card to fit that in. So in the end I decided to go for a Lili of the Valley stamp set called “Handwritten Phrases” and cut of pieces of different sentiments included in this awesome stamp set. I love the handwriting of this set, it fits so many designs and you can use them on both male and female cards. I stamped the words “Sending”, “Birthday” and “Wishes” beneath each other with my Misti using the same Delicata ink and also clear heat embossed.

To finish this card I used some dark pink ribbon that matched the colours I already had going on and put on a little wooden butterfly with my Ranger Medium Matte. I debated with myself for a while if I should put some sequins on this card but I felt that would maybe be to distracting for someone whose eyes aren’t that great any more.

Joy Crafts LOTV Handwitten Phrases

My second card for today uses the same stamps but I used Stampin’Up “Blushing Bride” ink together with Distress Ink “Cracked Pistachio”. On this watercolour piece I didn’t use any salt but I found the colour combination working to well to just through it away. I used some half pearls in about the same colour (Kaisercraft “Blush”) to embellish this card and since I didn’t really have any other matching embellishments I coloured the same wooden butterfly from the first card with the same Stampin’Up ink that I used on the card stock.

And that’s it for today’s cards. Tomorrow I have part three ( for you where I combine Copic colouring with a salt and watercolour background, so stay tuned!

What kind of cards do you make for people who don’t have good eyes (any more)?

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