Welcome back to the craft room and today’s Grow Through This – Purple and Kraft post. Today’s card started out with a desire to use craft supplies that have been sitting unused for a while. The medium of choice for this card is my collection of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
I began by stamping a flower from the AlteNew Flower Garden stamp set with GinaK Amalgam ink onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol Sooth watercolor paper.
For the flower colors I went with a pretty purple shade. It’s been a while since I used these markers so it took a moment to remember how to work with them. The flower petals are colored with Lilac and Violet. I added a bit of Violet to the base of the petals. Before pulling the color out with a water brush I added a bit of the Lilac. After all of the petals were dry I went back in to add some texture to the ends of the petals with a light wash of Violet. The flower centers were colored with Ochre and Mustard while the leaves were colored with Light Green.
I wanted to do something different than a typical white or ivory card base this time, so I chose Kraft. To add some texture to the mat, I used another unused craft supply; embossing folders. I’ve always loved the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder so that is the one I grabbed. Leaving a bit of space for a stamped sentiment at the bottom I ran the folder through my Sizzix Big Shot. To help this panel stand out from the card base of the same color I added a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edge of the card. This panel is also elevated a little with two other kraft panels cut to the same size and glued together.
Before gluing the extra card behind this panel I chose to add a few score lines directly under the embossing. I felt it finished the look and became a good transition from embossing to stamping.
The sentiment is from the Pinkfresh Studio Go For It stamp set. I really didn’t want to stamp this in black, although that would have matched to stamping for the floral element. Instead I chose to use Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. It has the brown undertones, but on the kraft card it almost looks black.
The Finished Grow Through This Card
Thank you so much for joining me for today’s Grow Through This – Purple & Kraft card post. I’m really happy with the coloring on the flower. It could still be better, but that will take time and practice. I also really like the subtle textures that the embossing has given the mat layer.
What is a crafting supply that you haven’t used in a while? Why not take the time today to dig it out and have some fun playing and creating? If you do, I’d love to see your creation. Drop me a link in the comments below. Until then, have a great week and I will see you in the craft room again real soon!
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