Sunday, June 26, 2022

Color Hues, Altenew, Memory Box

I took my Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp sets to the recent craft retreat.  Finally stamped Deck the Halls using borrowed Catherine Pooler ink pads:  one blue & one green.  I double stamped one turn with the blue & one turn with the green.  The other 2 turns were single stamped, so I got 4 shades with 2 ink pads.  
After I got home I added the PFS Blanket Stitch Rectangle frame stacked 2 high.  The HoneyBee sentiment from the Rejoice stamp set was stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black & stacked 2 high.  The poinsettia from an old Spellbinders card kit was die cut from Memory Box silver glitter cardstock & then colored lightly with a Copic very close to the color of the blue ink pad.  
White glitter dots in my stash were just right to finish it off.  I'm entering Color Hues challenge.  
I'm so lucky to have lots of generous cardmaking friends.  Recently I was gifted the Altenew Metallic Watercolor set & oh boy are the colors gorgeous!  Decided to use them to enter the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge.  I also used a couple liquid watercolors trying to get close to the photo colors.  I gold embossed the floral outline image & sentiment from Handpicked Bouquet on a watercolor panel. 
I let some color go outside the lines & I added splatters.  It's amazing how the colors change in the light.  The close up really is the same card! 
Always fun to see the difference mats make.  I tried a couple different looks, but really thought the gold on top of the black was best.  Finished with a few gold sequins & this one has already been mailed.
I was still thinking about those Altenew Metallic Watercolors, so I used them to color Memory Box Small Double Peony diecuts that were included free in a recent Poppystamps order.  
Since I used heavier watercolor paper scraps, the individual petals stayed mostly in place. That's a trick I learned from Dave Brethauer. I used the same gold to watercolor the shadow layer of the Hello Friend Posh Script diecut. The peony outlines & top sentiment layer were die cut from scraps of heavy weight white cardstock. The background was made with the 2014 Texture Distressed Grid stencil, which I love, & light molding paste.
Hard to see, but I also added fine white glitter while the paste was wet.  Just love the bit of sparkle which is completely non-shedding.  The panel is backed with 2 cardstock layers & the blooms are attached with glue & foam tape.  Finished off with Fairy Jewels that go perfectly with the gold watercolor.  I used a scrap of cardstock to make a stencil with the die so I could decorate the flap with Delicata Golden Glitz.  I'm entering Memory Box Metallic Mania ChallengeSSS Monday (Stenciled Background) The Snippets Playground & WAW.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  If your blog address is in your profile or comment, I will visit you.



18 comments:

  1. Love your cards, Greta! Such beautiful colors in the Christmas card and the poinsettia is gorgeous! So glad you joined us at the Color Hues!

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  2. You've been busy! I agree with Cindy, the colors in your Christmas card are lovely! Lots of pretty shimmer and shine today!

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  3. Greta, all these cards are wonderful. I hadn't thought about Dave Brethauer in years. I took a class with him many years ago in Buffalo. The Christmas card is so elegant. I love that glittery poinsettia and your card design is wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

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  4. Post holiday catch up Greta, lovely display of creations as always.

    B x

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  5. Beautiful cards Greta. How lucky to get the metallic paints... they are so pretty on your cards.

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  6. You've very busy with these fab cards Greta. Love the green and blue turnabout background you've created for the Color Hues challenge, the shades work so well together. Thanks for joining in at Color Hues. :)

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  7. Such lovely cards, Greta!! Love the stamping and glittery poinsettia on your first card! I need to pull out my metallic paints once again. Fab beauty and shine! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!!

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  8. What a treat to visit your blog and see what you've been creating. I love the poinsettia card. The thank you card is so elegant and how lovely to have the special watercolors gifted to you. Memory box are generous to send a little gift. Beautiful creating all round.

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  9. Swoon! What gorgeous cards Greta, all so different and all so very beautiful, love the shine too.
    Faith x

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  10. Oh, Greta, Each card is as lovely as can be! Your Christmas card has won me over big time! Absolutely sensational! Thanks for joining us at Color Hues! Have a great week!

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  11. So fun to see the finish to the turnabout background! So beautiful and perfect for Color Hues! The shine on your second card is wonderful IRL. Thanks for sending it to me!

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  12. These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. May your day be filled with joy. Regine
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  13. I love all 3 of these cards Greta, great work. I have had a set of metallic watercolour paints on my wish list for ages. One day I will own some, I hope xx

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  14. beautiful set of cards, greta! love the way you used the blue/green color combo on the first card. so pretty. the shine on the 2nd and 3rd cards is lovely.

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  15. Gorgeous cards, Greta! I love the blues and greens you achieved on the first card! Thanks so much for joining us at Color Hues!

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  16. A gorgeous trio of cards Greta.

    So lovely and colourful. I particularly love the homework you've submitted to the Snippets Playground. Have made you a special SaRngria sans cucumber! ENJOY! xxx

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  17. Fabulous cards Greta - each one is just so perfect! I can't pick a favourite - even though I suppose strictly speaking it really should be your snippets entry! Great work!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  18. A page filled with so many beautiful cards! Love your use of blue and green on the first card Greta!
    Thank you so much for playing at Color Hues!

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