Monday, 19 May 2014

Thinking of you. And plants.


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Botanical Bliss".  A great theme, but completely outside of my usual comfort zone, and all the more fun because of that!  It's refreshing to occasionally step outside of the things we usually do and try something different and that was certainly true for me this week.  Why not get botanically busy yourself - you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

It was a treat this week to break out some stamps that I have owned for quite a while yet never used - Tim Holtz's Urban Tapestry and Nature's Moments.  I started out by stamping the foliage in the corner using Versamark and then embossed it with white detail embossing powder.  I blended distress inks onto my background, using Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean.

The black stems were stamped with Archival ink, as was the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp "Banner Sayings" stamp set.  The single red flower was coloured with a Ruby Promarker.  I edged the panel with some blended Gathered Twigs distress ink and mounted the whole thing onto a black matte before fixing it to my card front.

So that was my trip this week into the wilderness outside of my comfort zone.  In the end the trip was very enjoyable, I heartily recommend it! :)

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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11 comments :

misteejay said...

This is lovely Dan. The colours you have used are fabulous and I love the 'ghost' effect of the white with the black.

Toni xx

Dorothy said...

Hi Dan!!
Love this!!!

Meihsia Liu said...

Beautiful creation, Dan. Love the pretty colors. :)

Candy C said...

Dan...your card is so pretty. Love your signature bold colors in the background with the black stamping on top. Very striking! <3 Candy

Lagene said...

Well Dan, If this is out of your comfort zone, you must go there more often! FANTASTIC!

MichelleZ said...

Your travels may have been outside of your comfort zone, but you arrived at a wonderful place! Fantastic use of color with the darker silhouette image. Lovely!!

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful card Dan!! Love the background and those flower stamps are favourites of mine.

Emma Williams said...

Another beautiful card and the colours you've chosen to use compliment the stamping perfectly! It's fabulous, Dan!

barbarayaya62 said...

Although outside of your comfort zone you've done a wonderful job, I really like the colors you used, the stamps and the sentiment is perfect! Sometimes it is nice to get out from their "borders"! BArbarayaya

Suzanne C said...

For being a difficult challenge you really shined brightly! Love what you created!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

I absolutely love how this turned out! The colors are amazing, but my favorite part is that brave little red bloom that stands out. It is striking and I give you kudos for stepping outside of the box while still retaining that "Dan vibe" that we all adore!

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