Clean Color Real Brush Marker- No. 052 Bright Yellow, No. 023 Scarlet Rd (Zig/ Kuretake)
Aqua Brush (Pentel)
I started by stamping my faves from the set... FLAMINGOS!! I stamped them onto mixed media paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then colored in m images using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers. First coloring most of the bird with Worn Lipstick. I blended out the color using a water brush then went back in to add a second layer using Picked Raspberry to add more depth. Then colored the beaks with Hickory Smoke.
Once I was satisfied with my coloring and the images were completely dried, I cut out both flamingoes by hand with scissors.
I die cut monstera leaves out of light green cardstock using Tim Holtz's Tropical Dies by Sizzix. I cut 3 leaves altogether.
Then shaded around the edges using Eileen Hull's Blends inks in Leaf, then in Frog.
After the ink was completely dried, I used a ball stylus to add dimension and shape the leaves.
Using the leftover scraps from my flamingoes, I stamped these little stemmed flowers using more Versafine ink. I didn't need the stems so stamping the entire stamp perfectly wasn't necessary. As long as all the flowers were intact I was good to go!
Once the flowers were all dried, I fussy cut them out, then creased each petal down the center to give them more dimension.
For the hibiscuses... again used dies from the Tropical set, and die cut from orange cardstock. I shaded along the edges using the Melon Blends ink.
I separated each petal from the flower and creased and folded them, then re-attached them to the cut-out centers with glue.
Disassembling them then re-assembling them gave them a whole lot more dimension.
For the card base, I cut patterned paper from PaperHouse's Sundrenched collection
to measure 3-3/4" x 9".
I used my Xyron Mega Runner to mount it onto a 4-1/8" x 9- 1/4" card base made from 110 lb white cardstock.
I wanted a center focal point that wouldn't block out all that gorgeous ocean scenery. So, I die cut an oval out of vellum using Tim Holtz's Stitched Ovals. I ran the oval through my Xyron Crative Station with a 5" permanent refill cartritdge. Then adhered it to the card front.
I attached foam adhesive sheets to the back of the flamingoes and attached them to the oval then arranged the flowers and leaves and tucked in loops made from hemp twine.
I thought the "I'll stand by you... Today, Tomorrow, Always" sentiment went perfectly with this pretty pink couple. So I stamped it onto more mixed media paper and die cut it out using a label from the Tim Holtz Labels die set and shaded the edges with Eileen Hull's Sunshine blends ink.
And at the very last minute, I decided to re-mount the card front with a black mat made with more of that deep black chalkboard paper. It gives a nice balance of black throughout the card, don't you think?!
And here is my finished card...