Thursday, April 9

Easter Blessings

My mother would tell you that purple is under-rated... under-used... under-appreciated. When I create cards for those that are near and dear to my heart I try to think about their personality and their everyday preferences. Hence, a purple Easter card for my mother is today's focus.

My card layout is based on CPS Sketch 110. Have you noticed all the ovals being incorporated into things lately? Perfect for my Big Shot Oval Frame. I ran the die through my Big Shot three times... 1) chipboard 2) Perfect Plum Patterns paper 3) Walk in the Park Designer Series paper in a So Saffron print. TIP: Yellow is purple's compliment on the color wheel. To build my base I started with a 5" x 7" piece of Perfect Plum and layered it with Pale Plum and another Plum Patterns print. TIP: Because my frame was more of a solid print, I needed contrast for the background, and chose a print with a white base. I adhered my Oval Frame and nested the cut Saffron oval inside. (i.e. Only the purple portion is mounted on chipboard.)

I stamped the outline image from Soft Summer three times onto watercolor paper and colored my blooms using blender pens and 'puddles' from my ink pads. A So Saffron marker easily shaded the flower's centers. I then snipped everything out (I typically snip while watching TV at night. ;) and arranged them on my base. TIP: It's okay to let things 'escape' off the edges a bit sometimes.

The cross from Special Blessing was inked in Perfect Plum and popped using Stampin' Dimensionals. A sentiment from the Verve set, Everlasting Life, is punched using my Wide Oval Punch and accented with a Sage Shadow scalloped oval background. A final sassy something completes this elegant card: small pearl stickers accent the Oval Frame adding just the right amount of tasteful 'bling'.

Stamps: Soft Summer (113802), Special Blessing (113411),
Everlasting Life (Verve)
Paper: Perfect Plum Patterns Designer Series Paper (112158), Walk in the Park DSP (115123), Perfect Plum (101889), Pale Plum (101658), Sage Shadow (101563), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink: Perfect Plum (101437), Pale Plum (102732), Sage Shadow (102532), Certainly Celery (105217), Blender Pens (102845)
Big Shot: Machine (113439), Oval Frame (114521)
Tools: Wide Oval Punch (112082), Marvy scalloped oval punch (pink)
Sassy Somethings - Pearl Stickers (not SU)


Rosemary Olson said...

Hi Denise! I just discovered your blog through someone else's (Mary Fish? I can't remember) and subscribed. So glad I did! Your work is beautiful. I am new to stamps and cards but hope to learn a lot looking at great examples, like yours. This card is so pretty. Thinking to use the yellow to complement the purple reminds me that I own a color wheel I never use. Thanks for reminding me.

Mary Fish said...

I love the comment above from Rosemary :) You are so thoughtful for using purple for your mom. I think that's the epitome of what makes handmade cards so special.

Well written post and OMGosh . . . the card is a breathtaking version of the CPS challenge.

Hugs, M

Gina F said...

Awesome card!! Love that new cross from SU, I got here from Mary Fish too, thanks for sharing...Gina F

Linda Beeson said...

This card and those images were just plain made for that CPS sketch! WOW! Love the images, those flowers are amazing.

Tiffany said...

Gorgeous card! Perfect for Easter. I love your cut-outs - what a task!

Carrie said...

Denise- you are so talented!! I love the softness of the flowers and how you placed them on the edges of the card (I esp. love how some go off the edges a bit). Beautiful!


Jean from jlfstudio said...

Hi Denise,

Another Gorgeous and meaningful card with a sense of exquisite delicacy of design and form. It has me thinking prayer corner decor. I have a spot I keep my bible, rosary, prayer shawl, prayer request box and other prayer related items and using this design to highlight that area would be perfect (Maybe skip the Easter sentiment in favor of an older stamp set I have with the word blessings in a script format or use the Lovely Letters to form another word. Hmmm...thanks for the inpiration and for highlighting Purple - one of my favorite colors as well (Go Mom!)!

Hugs and blessings - Jean

Elise said...

Hi Denise! I'm visiting your blog for the first time via the CPS110 challenge. Your card is wonderful! I'm an S/U! demo as well, and I didn't even recognize our stamps at first! Your work is flawless! Wow!

Kim said...

BEAUTIFUL card Denise. So soft and just the perfect fit for the challenge.