Flowers in Distress

Hey everyone! TGIF! Today I have a card to share using the Viva la Verve January Week 4 At Home with Verve sketch & inspiration challenge. Wowee! Now there's a mouthful! Anyhow, I've been hyping the challenges all month and can you believe this is the first time I've gotten to play along? Check out the Viva la Verve! area in our forum later this morning for Amber's sketch and the other inspiration photos for the week.

As soon as I saw the inspiration photos for this week, I knew exactly which one I would use. I have candle holders in these exact colors in my front room, and I was totally loving the distressed darker edges of the flowers and wanted to see if I could re-create it with Copics and ink.

So I pulled out Love's Flower (big surprise - I'm having a hard time giving equal playing time to my stamps this month!) and set to work stamping the large flower 3 times, then coloring with Copic markers and cutting out. Next I shaded the edges of each flower with Riding Hood Red, So Saffron and Bermuda Bay ink and then attempted to achieve the darker edges by sponging on some Vintage Photo Distress ink. Each center is accented with Stickles in a matching color, then I set them aside to dry. To go with the distressed look, I chose Kraft as my neutral and sponged an oval with Vintage Phot then matted on a Riding Hood Red scallop oval, accented with gold liquid pearls.

Next up, I created the caribbean and saffron panels by stamping my own background with one of the square pendants from Accent Notes. I thought the little "feet" of the coat hangers in the photo kind of looked like the little triangle thingy from Accent Notes, so I stamped that in between each square to fill out the pattern, then inked with the same color ink and some Vintage Photo. The kraft panel is debossed with the Textile embossing folder and Vintage Photo, then I finished off with a red sentiment from Accent Notes, some liquid pearls and a bow.

That's it for me today. Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend!

16 comments

  1. Beautiful. I love how the centers of the flower are so bright - they really pop!

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  2. I love those flowers and such a great job with coloring.

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  3. This is a lovely card Julee. I think you captured the look for sure. Love the centers of your flowers.

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  4. Your card is beautiful. Love the way you did the flowers.

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  5. Love the colors and flower used....think I will be def be casing this one....thanks

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  6. WOW! Totally gorgeous, Julee! Beautiful colors and the LOVE flower layers and colors are stunning! Wonderful stamped bg dp, too! Fabulous card!

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  7. Those flowers are so gorgeous, and your sponging is awesome! I love the dp you created too!

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  8. Such a wonderful set! I love this card, too - so cheery. I need to get busy!

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  9. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love it!

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  10. Stunning! I am really speechless on this one, imagine that!! LOL The colours just go so well together.

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  11. Gorgeous Julee...all that sponging dramatically affects the outcome!

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  12. OMGosh! These are beautiful! Love them! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

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  13. i love almost all your items and i have a question, if you have time to answer. How do you get your shading so perfect? i use a sponge and it just doesn't look like yours. Is there a secret to it? Can you share it? Thanks! vicki

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  14. Sorry, i guess i didn't use the right password. Anyway, can you share how your shading is so perfect? vicki lynch

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  15. Dear Julee,

    I love both of these Valentine Cards. They are both so beautiful, and look so delicate.
    They are putting me at a loss for words---except I am never in a loss for words.

    He IS Able,
    Traci S.

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