Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Friend for Life


Late last year I discovered the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog.  The idea is to make a "clean" card, which is not the same as CAS.  In fact, details & embellishments are encouraged while torn or distressed edges are avoided.  It became one of my favorite challenges & now I've already missed one this year.  I wasn't going to let that happen again, so here's my card using the current sketch.  
The other night I tried out the marbled paper technique Alexandra showed on Sunday. Found some shaving cream my BIL left here, but it came out as a gel. Filled the bottom of the pan anyway, figuring this wasn't going to work. The little box of 4 food colors in the cupboard is marked 45 cents--must be at least 20 years old!  I dripped in some of the red & to my surprise the shaving cream began to turn to foam as I stirred with a wooden skewer.  It made a LOT of foam--LOL!  I forgot about going for the marbled effect & the red looked orange, but I dipped in a piece of cardstock anyway.  Then I decided to add some of the blue & a tad of the yellow & colored some more cardstock.  It looked kind of cool, so decided the pieces might work for flowers.  
I used Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die & dry embossed the petals. The layers are attached with foam tape after brushing on Shimmer Spritz Gold. The leaves die is Penny Black & they are also brushed with the gold.  MFT Fishtail Flags are sprayed with the same mist & are attached with the flag end slightly bent up.  The sentiment is from Penny Black's edge to edge  (inking just part of it) & is stamped in Memento Jumbo Java.  Love finally using my tiny gold beads which make a great flower center. I'm also entering Penny Black's Sending Hugs & Pixies Snippets Playground. Hope you enjoyed the story behind this creation, even though it made for a long post. Thanks so much for coming by.
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Edited to Add: Entering the challenge at A Blog Named Hero since I used a new technique.


34 comments:

Kailash said...

Gorgeous flowers, your post is so funny about the shaving cream but so worth it because the technique turned out beautiful:-)

Sue Butler said...

I Hello Greta,
The Flowers are gorgeous, and the design of the card compliments them beautifully.
Smiles:)
Sue

Cat Craig said...

Well that experiment is definitely a WIN. Gorgeous flower and I love your take on the sketch.

Lisa said...

Wowzers Greta your big bloom turned out so pretty, this is a terrific card!!

Mrs A. said...

Your marbled paper flower is so pretty. The food colourings are all perfect together. Have heard about this technique but not tried it myself. One for the to do list me thinks. Hugs Mrs A.

Cathy Weber said...

Why am I always so behind...never heard of marbled paper technique...sounds like quite a mess...but obvisously worth it as your flowers are beautiful. So funny you used all old ingredients, old food color and old shaving gel. And to think I thought I was creative using spray paint on my card...you really have me topped!

Irene said...

Stunning card Greta, the flower technique is brilliant, with A beautiful flower spray.
luv
irene
xxxx

Dawn Turley said...

love this Greta. The background for your flower is stunning. The colour combos are incredible.

♥Gemma♥ said...

oooo...love that big lush flower hunni!! Absolutely stunning!!
hugs and xxx
Gemma

Di said...

Oh dear, I did laugh Greta! I bet your face was a picture when that shaving foam took off big time! But, so well worth it - what a fabulous card, that flower is really stunning! A winner in my eyes!

Off to check that sketch challenge you mention, I do like layers but (I suspect like you) still like crispness when card making.

Hugs, Di xx

Penny Ward said...

This is gorgeous Greta. I love the large size of the flower. The shaving cream technique is messy, but really makes an impact on a card.

joy said...

Gorgeous flower! Loved reading about your process - I've never used food coloring for this technique. Always used re-inkers.

Rosemary said...

this is a real stunner, greta... that flower is absolutely amazing!!! looks like the marble technique turned out perfectly for you!

Natalie said...

Beautiful card! Those flowers are gorgeous, wow!! Thanks for visiting my blog :-)

Linda Callahan said...

That flower is gorgeous!

alexandra s.m. said...

YEAH!!!! Your card is AMAZING Greta!
YOu really took it an extra mile with your gorgeous flower!
Brilliant!
Thank You my dear Friend, you made my day!

JoAnn said...

Your flower turned out beautiful. Looks like your shaving cream technique worked well. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Virginia L. said...

Wow, I am loving the details and layering, Greta! It truly is a stunner!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your flower is gorgeous, love it ! I'm going to have to check out the shaving cream technique, I'm so curious:) TFS, Take care, Shirleyx

Joni nina Andaya said...

What a Gorgeous card Greta! Love the bold and big flowers :)

Joyce said...

My goodness---what an incredible pattern you made for your paper, and I love that flower you made.

Mona Pendleton said...

Such a pretty card Greta! Love the fancy blossom!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous flower and a very interesting technique. I always enjoy all of the different ways you make your cards!

Maria said...

Wow! Love this card, Greta! The flower is amazing, so pretty! I've only done the shaving cream technique once. You accomplished great color with yours...well done! Have a great weekend!

Jessi Fogan said...

Don't you just LOVE it when something that starts out iffy turns out? This is gorgeous, Greta! I love the colours, and the embossing on the flowers, and the beautiful shimmer!

cm said...

Your creativity, inventiveness and all-around 'what's next to try' spirit has me dazzled yet again! Marbled paper? Shaving cream? Food colouring? Only YOU would find a way to work magic with such a combination! Everything about this card is stunning...and once again, I feel a shift in the "Top 5 Favourite Cards by Greta" list. Winning card for the challenges and especially a winner for all of us who delight your creations! I'm sending hugs your way from my parents to let you know you're awesome!! Hugs~c

Kim Heggins said...

oh my goodness...what an amazing card Greta! I love it and I too have never heard of this technique and you did a beautiful job!

Bonnie said...

I've been wanting to try this technique for marbled paper for some time but never get around to it! It sure makes a pretty flower!

Judy Sander said...

I was a fun story and learned a new technique as well. Best card happenings of the day!

SARN said...

Fab effect. Great technique and very pretty results. xxx

judkajudi said...

Good for you for venturing forth into the shaving cream territory!! Awesome result!!

Jen said...

This is beautiful! I love that flower and the little touches of gold shimmer! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Dragon said...

Beautiful 3D flower Greta.

Gisela said...

Beautiful flower, love the mix of colors!