Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Queen’s Colors

varied vase 3So when I made this card Saturday, playing with some new colors from SU, I had no idea what was happening at the Royal Wedding. Unbeknownst to me the Queen was wearing a combination of Granny Apple Green and Highland Heather for the royal event. I had posted a photo to share this card on a couple of blogs I belong to and I had several people tell me that they were the Queen’s colors. What a hoot!

I just love this color combo. I used some new colors from SU. (As frustrating as it is when they do a color re-vamp, I love that they try to stay fresh and current.) I used Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and three old favorites, Pool Party, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay.

The stamp set of course is the new SU set called Varied Vases. I have been enjoying playing and creating with this set lately. It has two scalloped edges in it. One is an outline and the other is solid. These just screamed shelves to me! What do you think? How would you use them? I did a couple vases with my Bermuda Bay watercolor pencil to make the water effect, on a couple I used Granny Apple Green as a solid fill (I stamped off first and then stamped my image so the color would be a bit softer), and the purple vase is Gorgeous Grape. I stamp the sentiment in this color as well. The outline for the vases and the flowers are stamped in black Memento ink.  The Pool Party flowers are colored using my Stampin’ Blends, both the light and the dark. The leaf is Old Olive, again with my Blends and then the purple flowers were colored with my blender pen and the Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape ink pads. This task was no small feat either. What an ordeal I had. I just had to laugh at myself.

So as I was coloring these images I did my Highland Heather color, the lighter of the two, first. Then I was to go in and add darker shadowing with the Gorgeous Grape. Well, since I was going from a lighter to a darker ink I wasn’t worried about cleaning the tip of my blender pen. But when I finished with the darker color and wanted to do a bit more blending with the lighter color I couldn’t get my blender pen to stop writing in the Gorgeous Grape. No matter how long I colored my tip against a piece of scrap cardstock, it continued to leave a dark purple residue. WHAT?? I couldn’t figure out why for the life of me!

So, I got a second blender pen out and used it to do the lighter blending so I could finish this card face. That’s when I thought, well… let me try this one in the Gorgeous Grape. Wouldn’t you know it…the same thing happened! What the heck??? Now I was just getting irritable. I thought to myself I have already ruined two pens and need to order a new pack so I might as well try the last one, right? (They come in a 3 pack.) It worked FINE! The Gorgeous Grape came out just like it was supposed to. Now I was really confused. How could this be that it didn’t work with my first two pens but it did with the third? Then it dawned on me. I just started shaking my head at myself as I went to test my theory. Sure enough, I picked up the first two I had tried that didn’t work and wrote on myself with them. Absolutely no blender fluid was deposited on my skin. I tried the third pen and lo and behold it left behind fluid. It looked wet on the back of my hand. That was it! The first two pens were so dry that there was no blender solution left in them to push out the ink I was using. They were just plumb tuckered out! Can you believe this? This entire ordeal probably lasted close to an hour for me to figure it out. All I could do was laugh at myself.

So after I finally got all that figured out I finished off the card with a double fishtail banner for the sentiment and a coordinating ribbon. For the banner I used my Banner Triple punch (SU) and some of the 3/8 inch Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon(SU) that I dyed with my Granny Apple Green ink. After a little Wink of Stella and some rhinestones to accent the flowers I’m tickled “purple” with how this card turned out. Its simple and sweet! I am definitely giving this set two thumbs up.

Happy crafting my friends!

Shan

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