Sketchy Floral for Paper Players #357
Sketchy Flowers for Paper Players #358

Magnolia Friend for Addicted to CAS # 118

 Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

It's the fabulous Susan's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge and she has the perfect code word for us.  What a perfect execuse to make a card for your bestie :-)

I do hope you play along with us this week.  Our wonderful blog creator Kylie has a generous gift for the winner of our challenge:

Happy Little Stampers

Prize: $15 gift certificate

I decided to make a card using one of my favorite Altenew sets - the Build a Flower Magnolia.  I also chose to use the no-line coloring technique  You don't have to do this - the set is gorgeous just with inks, but I decided I needed a little zen time.  I really do find it immensely calming and relaxing coloring, especially with my pencils.  I can get so much more depth and dimension with my pencils than I can with my Copic markers.

I stamped the outline stamp onto the card base and then stamped it again, using a very pale yellow ink, onto a piece of Bristol Smooth.  It has just the right amount of "tooth" in the paper for pencils.

Once the coloring was complete, I die-cut it and then mounted it with foam squares over the shadow stamped flowers.    I added the sentiment.

Here's the front of the card:



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I bet you are wondering where the "friend" part of this card comes in?    Good question!  On the inside :-)

Build a Flower Magnolia Inside (1 of 1)

Repeating the stamp on the inside is a quick and easy way to finish off the inside without adding bulk.  I also wanted to allow the sentiment to be the main feature on the inside.

I then carried that through to the envelope.

Build a Flower Magnolia Envelope (1 of 1)

I cannot tell you how many shades of yellows, oranges, browns and greens I used to create this card.   Creating the shading and shadows involved a lot of different colors and tiny little strokes!  But I think the end result was worth it.   Here's a closeup

Build a Flower Magnolia Closeup (1 of 1)

Choosing the colors for the flowers was pretty easy as I was inspired by the yellow, brown and "green" of the Altenew August challenge colors.  I couldn't quite get the green the same as it didn't look quite right on the flower, but I hope Erum will forgive me :-)

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I hope you will join us and play along and make a card for YOUR friend.  If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than our fabulous design team.  They really have outdone themselves again this week!

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.



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Build a Flower - Magnolia - Altenew
  • Inks:  Altenew.  Prismacolor Pencils
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White.  Bristol Smooth