It's the fabulous Susan's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge this week and she has a color code word for us.
Now, teal is one of my favorite colors but, for some unknown reason, I rarely use it on cards! So, I had to spend a little time thinking about what I was going to do with it!
As some of you may know, I am currently attending the classes for the Altenew Academy Educator Program and the classes I am finishing up are on layering. That provided just the inspiration I needed to pull out my favorite stamp from Altenew - Build a Rose.
This particular stamp has multiple layers and I have some wonderful teal-y colors in my Altenew inks - so I decided that would be my focal point.
I needed to create a grounding for my card, so pulled out the Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil and my sponge and created a few soft lines behind the flower. It's hard to tell on the full card in the photograph, but here's a closeup
I graduated the length of the stripes - longer at the bottom of the card and then shorter and shorter stopping just above the flower.
I then worked on the rose itself. Using the Altenew Sea Shore mini inks and overstamping a couple of times with the different colors, I was able to get a graduated color to the flower. I finished off with black for the final shadow areas. To add a little more texture, I stamped the flowers onto a piece of wonderful quality resume paper. Instead of being smooth, it has lines and this meant the paper picked up the inks differently and created a wonderful textured look. Take a peek:
I really love the texture on the rose from the lines on the paper. As this is printing paper and not card stock, I die-cut an extra flower and adhered that under my die-cut flower, so it had a little more substance.
Before attaching the flower and stamping the sentiment, I took my Gold watercolor paint and splattered some ink dots over the stripes. I wanted to try to control the direction in which the splatters went, so I turned the card stock with the bottom right corner facing me - and splattered outwards. Please don't tell me that I am the only crazy person who tries to control something which is, by default, pretty random! Anyway, here's my full card, after I had adhered the flower on some foam dots and added a few enamel dots.
I hope you will join us and play along with Susan's challenge. If you are looking for some inspiration, you only have to visit our design team and check out their amazing creations - including the one from our guest designer this week Gerrina Her swan is truly gorgeous!
As a reminder, if you play along and are chosen as the winner - the fabulous Kylie is offering up another great prize this week. A $20 gift certificate from her online store Happy Little Stampers
If you are interested in the Altenew Educator Certification Program - you can check out all the facts at this link
I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
But... I will leave you with a photo of the setting sun over the wetland. I love how the setting sun lit up the leaf-less trees