Monday, December 2, 2019

Bowl Bouquet (Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society)

Hello friends!

Welcome back to another Greenhouse Society Release! It's very exciting to be part of this release and especially as I'm now officially a full-time Design Team member - branding bar and everything!

December's release features a gorgeous bunch of flowers in a bowl, and I'm very excited to show you what I did with this product. Be sure to read until the end of this post to see how I added some special touches!

Happy Holiday Month! It's been a busy time already, and Christmas is fast approaching us. Unfortunately I am thoroughly sick of all the seasonal songs as my place of employment has been playing them non-stop for a few weeks now, but I'm still doing my best to be excited for the special things about this holiday season.

Today I'm showing you the first card I made with the Bowl Bouquet stamp and die set. I've used my Nuvo markers for the colouring, and the small banner die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I really worked on making the water in the bowl look more like a moving, interesting water (it's very easy to just colour blue and leave it at that). I used some light blues and even some light aqua greens for the colour and I am IN LOVE.
I then coloured the rest of the stamp and die-cut it with my Sizzix Big-Shot. I also cut the banner at the same time, and added some darker blue with a marker to the edges. I've placed these onto my card using Columbus Trading Glue Dots - instead of having a large dimension between layers, these adhesives give me a little bit of lift without making me layer everything else to match!

This stamp and die set comes with the sentiment die 'Friend'. I cut that out three times and then layered them together to make the sentiment stand out. I use X-Press It liquid glue (from my local Spotlight store) for all my thin layering jobs as it has a brush applicator. I find I do not have as much control with a squeeze-top bottle, the brush means I can add just a thin layer and not have the glue go everywhere.

Before everything was layered onto a card base, I thought I needed something to ground and center the card together. It didn't look right to have my bowl just floating in nothing, but I didn't have a suitable background stamp.
When you don't have, draw! I drew the table you see in the image above with my Copic Fineliner, and coloured it with some Nuvo Markers, I wanted it to seem rugged, so the outline isn't completely straight and the colouring has some light sections.
I'm not a drawer by any standards so I was a little hesitant to go this route - I don't want to mess up my card just as it's finished! I did a few sketches on scrap paper and then just took the plunge - and I actually really like how it turned out! Maybe I should try this more often?

That's it for today everyone! I'll have some more blog posts up soon with more creations, so keep an eye out!
Have you ever had to draw additional elements into your cards? How did it go - do you have any tips?

Until next time,
Shana xx

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