Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Birthday & Friendship

Not sure why I don't use my stencils more often.  It's always fun to pull back the stencil & see the design.  I need to mail a birthday card next week & decided to use springy colors on my cream cardstock for a change.
The SSS Bouquet of Roses stencil is 6x6, but I was able to position it so I just had 1 large bloom & parts of a couple others along with leaves.  I've had most of my Brilliance ink pads for many, many years & they still work great.  I picked 3 springy colors: Pearlescent yellow, coral (actually a pink) & jade.  The design was soft & pretty, but I decided to jazz it up.  I put the stencil back in place, inked with Versamark & then embossed with an old powder labeled Peacock.  I might have gasped out loud--haha!
It truly is beautiful in person.  I wanted a sentiment with more than 1 line & decided the one in Stamplorations Layered Vase was just right.  I checked a bunch of my brown inks & decided VersaMagic Gingerbread was really pretty with the color combo.  Needed a little something more, so I masked a narrow strip down the left side & used the same technique with the yellow ink only.  I'm entering SSS Flickr 146Stamplorations Stencil & WAW.
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I've been wracking my brain to come up with something for the Uniko March/April Challenge.  The DT cards have very creative takes on the Spots & Stripes theme, but didn't think it'd be good to copy one of them--haha!  Finally I saw my very first Uniko stamp set--Flower Power #7.  The leaves & one of the blooms have stripes & I don't think I've ever used it.
I pulled out a light pink scrap & stamped in PTI Autumn Rose & Ocean Tides.  Then I stamped the center in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  The PTI frame, cut from gray cardstock, was inked with a Heidi Swapp stencil using the Morning Mist ink.  Many years ago when I started stamping, you often saw cards with multiple matted layers.  I don't tend to do that now, but I didn't want to add foam for dimension.  I found that layers trick the eye so it doesn't appear as flat as it is.  Glad I still have a little Autumn Rose cardstock.  I actually cut out the center of the panel--can't waste the good stuff--haha!  I also layered the little sentiment flag--stamped with the word from PTI Mat Stack 3.

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20 comments:

  1. Your stencil created such a pretty card, especially with the shimmery embossing and what a difference that little strip down the side makes! Pink and grey always remind me of Audrey Hepburn for some reason, so timeless and elegant. Lovely work Greta. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love tat stenciled card... Beautiful! And I love the grey and pink with the dots too. At least you still maintain an wonderful creative flair. Thinking of you and sending cyber hugs and more

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  3. the sparkle on your first card is gorgeous and the dotty/stripey card so cute - love the stencil you used on your first card - might just have to get that one sometime!

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  4. Two great takes on the floral theme, Greta! Just love all the shimmer on your stenciled flowers and the graphic look of your stripes/spots card!!

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  5. The sparkle through your stencil is beautiful. I'm loving that close up of it. That's why we should never get rid of a stamp - you will need it someday and this second card is proof. I like the layered look and I continue to say "hoard" those stamps!

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  6. Oh, such a lovely card with the stenciled flower, Greta! Beautiful color and shine! Second card is pretty, too, with the interesting flower and great design! Take good care, hugs!!

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  7. Oh that sparkle is fabulous Greta, and your dots and stripes are rocking.

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  8. another beautiful set of cards, greta! love the pretty stenciling on the first one! gotta love all that sparkle! the second card is so elegant!

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  9. Awesome cards. I had forgotten that I had some Brilliance pads too. I wonder if mine still work. They were always so juicy when I used them before.

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  10. I always forget about my stencils too! I love yours with the pretty sparkle! And your second card looks pretty with shades of pink and grey...

    Theresa

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  11. Stunning cards Greta. That stenciled one is truly incredible. The sparkle is amazing. Love the stripes on the flower and leaves. Inspirational to use it for the challenge.

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  12. Two terrific cards Greta! Love the soft stenciling on the first and the pink/gray combo of the second. Thanks for the pretty Easter card that arrived in my mailbox XO

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  13. Such a beautiful first card and the stencilling looks so very pretty. I so love the composition and colours of your second contemporary card Greta. Both cards are stunning x.

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  14. Oh wow, I really love all the sparkle on the flowers. That close-up photo perfectly shows just how lovely. This is stunning, and I can't thank you enough for sharing your talents in our challenges. It's always a treat to see your art linked up in our gallery. Blessings to you, my creative friend.
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  15. I like the result you have with the stripe down the side edge. Just makes the card. Hugs Mrs A.

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  16. OH! My goodness love your stencil card and it's shine. Love your second card, what a wonderful flower and love the colour combo Greta.
    Happy Easter
    Keep safe and well
    Faith x

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  17. Greta, your first card is breathtaking! It's a beautiful stenciled card and I smile just imagining how gorgeous it must look in person! And I think your second design is very pretty and beautifully matted!! Take care and stay safe! Happy Easter, my friend! Hugs, Darnell

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  18. Beautiful cards and great to see you using your Uniko goodies here with our spots and stripes challenge. I hope you're keeping safe and well and thanks for playing along at Uniko this month.

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  19. Lovely stencil and what an amazing result you got with the embossing. Lovely sentiment and such gorgeous cas card. Thanks for adding to our STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge Greta.

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  20. Hi Greta!
    I love the way you used dots & stripes for our challenge!
    Beautiful card ♥
    Thanks for joining us at Uniko !

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