I continue to practice my sponging and brayering techniques, and thought I would like to case something of Michelle Zindorf's and adapt her work to some of the new colors and stamps available at Stampin' Up!. I am loving the Friends Never Fade stamp and the cherry cobbler color especially. After surfing Michelle's website, I chose this card:
and updated it with Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Daffodil, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso, while using the new Friends Never Fade and Elements of Style Stamp sets:
The flower image was stamped first by coloring the stamp with markers. I then colored them again with Versamark and embossed them. After that, I used only versamark to stamp the flourishes around the edge and then embossed those as well. I covered a 3" square in the middle, and then sponged Early Espresso along the edges, then wiped the ink of the flourishes. I removed the 3" mask and lightly sponged the center with Crumb Cake. I then took a ruler and the Early Espresso marker and defined the 3" square on the left and bottom edges to make the center pop a bit. I used a little trick for the ribbon: I tied my ribbon around a book first, then cut the ribbon in the back so I could position my bow/knot exactly where I wanted it, and then used snail adhesive to attach it to the back of the card front. I used the Modern punch and some misc. brads to accent the red in the flowers. I left some open space above the flowers so I can add a sentiment when I decide what occasion I will eventually choose for this card! This was a fun card to make! I'm looking forward to trying something similar with different stamps and colors. Enjoy!