Saturday 4 April 2015

Scrumptious strawberries...


Welcome back to the sneak peeks of the Clearly Besotted release for April!

Yesterday I shared a simple, cute, interactive card (check it out here if you missed it!) so for today I'm sharing something a little bit more artsy. Well, maybe faux-artsy as it's really just a case of water and Distress Inks. No real artistry required - if you wanna see that, check out this card by fellow teamie, Debby Hughes. It's jaw-droppingly amazing (and kinda makes me embarrassed to share my card here today!)

This cards features the set, Simply Scrumptious, and it's exactly that - scrumptious! Featuring my favourite fruit of the summer, gorgeous flourish-style leaves and lovely sentiments - it was clear that this set was going to see some inky love!

I love the different looks you can achieve by simply trying a different technique with your supplies. I used my trusted Distress Inks and water for this look. I created the blue wash first by saturating a piece of watercolour paper with water and adding drops of Broken China spritzed with water on my acrylic block. I then dried this with a heat tool (this is the important part!) before stamping the vine which was inked and spritzed with water. I then dried this before stamping the strawberries in the same way. It's imperative to dry each layer otherwise you end up with a muddy mess of colour which turns to brown. Not pretty.

To add more detail to the images, I used my white gel pen to add seeds to the juicy strawberries and veins to the leaves. You probably don't notice it, but it makes a real difference - trust me! If I had 'em I'd have used Distress Markers to add more depth too. :)

I wanted the sentiment to be subtle so I heat-embossed it onto a piece of vellum, cut it out and used vellum-friendly adhesive to secure it.

So there you have it. You don't need to be an amazing artist to achieve an arty look (although it helps!)

Speaky of arty, check out what the rest of the amazing, creative Design Team have created today by popping across to CB HQ, aka Stephanie's. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. They rock!

Don't forget that it's release day tomorrow for all of these goodies - yay! So I hope you can pop back for a final peek of one more project using another fabulous set from the release before the goodies are available to purchase at 10pm UK time.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today!



Caryn said...

This is totally scrumptious Aimes - love the soft background.

Marianne said...

Such a pretty card, Amy. Love the soft background as well. I wouldn't worry too much about Debby; she in a league of her own. Also found out you're the editor of Simply Cards & papercraft. I ordered issue 133 over the internet so I could lay my hands on the Clearly Besotted stamp set! Hope I can have a little play with them over the weekend.
Happy Easter!

~amy~ said...

Oh, this is SWEET.

Michelle Short said...

Stunningly beautiful Aimes! xx

Mandy said...

This is so beautiful Aimes and definitely something I want to try after seeing your fab creation. x

Anonymous said...

Such a sweet card! Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Also, the seeds and veins add a lot! Good addition.

cm said...

The sentiment says it all! Gorgeous!

Sarah G said...

Love the soft watercolour effect - now I have a craving for strawberries :)

Jess said...

I love it your card is so sweet ;)

Miranda V said...

Don't be embaressed, your card looks really nice! I love strawberries! And euhm... vellum-friendly-adhesive? Really? Tell me! :-D

Maureen said...

oh, Duchess! I can almost taste those yummy strawberries! A sure sign of spring! I hope married life is treating you well :) ox

Sue said...

This is stunning. I love the image and such a gorgeous design.
Wishing you a Happy Easter weekend.
Sue xx

sableturquoise said...

i love it, these stawberry are son nice , il like "aquarelle" aussi , bravo !

Tracy said...

Hi Amy, I stopped along on the way from the SSS blog hop and saw this lovely card you made as well! Had to let you know that it is beautiful and never be embarrassed by anything you make - simple cards are quite often the best! I have definitely saved this card to CASE for a friend of mine :)

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