Saturday, March 10, 2018

Verve's March Diva Inspirations Challenge Hop!






Welcome to Verve's March Diva Inspirations Challenge Hop! We're bringing back our monthly inspiration challenge and would love for you to play along! On the 10th of each month we'll bring you a blog hop, sharing our takes on the challenge. After that, we'd love for you to try your hand at the challenge and link up on the Verve Blog for a chance to win.




PRIZE ALERT: Our challenge comes with a prize drawing for a $30 gift voucher to the Verve shop. To be eligible, be sure to hop around and leave a comment on each of the Diva blog posts, then play along and link up before April 5. Verve stamps are NOT required, but we do love to see 'em!



There are no rules.. just have fun creating!
This month we'd love for us to show us your green. Feel free to take inspiration from this drippy, weathered gate photo or just pull out some green toys from your stash and start to play. We can't wait to see what you create!
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Thursday, April 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

If you got here from the fabulously talented Julee's blog you are in the right place.

Here is my take on the inspiration challenge.  I chose to use a technique called Distress Oxide Water Painting  that Jennifer McGuire showcased HERE.


I started with some Strathmore cold pressed watercolored paper.  I sponged on some Distressed Oxide Peeled Paint ink to the entire panel.  Next, I randomly blended in some mowed lawn, lucky clover, and peel paint regular distress inks.  I spritzed with water and blotted.  I went back in and added more ink blending with the same shades to create more depth.  


I added some smooshing with these colors as well and heat set the inks in between.  Once my panel was complete with the color saturation and variation of green hues that I wanted along with some ink splatters, I white embossed the two loopy flowers from Verve's Making a Statement stamp set coming up from the bottom left to top right of the panel.  For the technique I watercolored the inside of the flowers using distressed oxide peeled paint, mowed lawn, lucky clover, peel paint, and frayed burlap regular distress inks.  I love the lighter shade of tones you get inside of the outlined florals using this technique.  



I used Verve's Stitched Pennant die set for the sentiment strip.  I stamped one of the sentiments from Verve's Making a Statement stamp set  and white embossed.  I added the word "thanks" that I stacked three times and lightly sponged at the bottom using Verve's Autumn Thanks die set.  I die cut three additional loopy blooms using Verve's Loopy Blooms die set  to pop up and add dimension.  
I added a few black splatters and wink of stella to the centers of the flowers for added sparkle.  I finished my card with a few clear sequins.

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve.  Just leave a little love as you hop about, then come back and link up your green creations for a chance to win!

1. Julee4. Laurie
2. Betty5. Maureen
3. Marisa6. Teresa

Next on the hop is the wonderfully talented  Marisa!

I am also playing along with Just Add Ink:  Add Water challenge, and Tic Tac Toe Challenge. (Diagonal from top left, green, sparkle, happy)




As always thanks so much for hopping by!


32 comments

  1. Pretty card. Love the way you layered some of those pretty embossed loopy blooms and the lovely background your created. The blooms remind me of four leaf clover. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great spring colors cute card

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  3. What an amazing work of art, Betty! I just love it!

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  4. Lovely background, such a great card.
    Go green!

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  5. What a neat technique and GORGEOUS card!! Wow!!

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  6. Betty this is beautiful and that background just sets the whole thing up for a big WOWSER <3

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  7. This is really lovely! Love all the greens and also
    the dimension with popping up a few flowers.

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  8. Beyond adorable, Betty! Love the bg and all these cute flowers!!

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  9. A really gorgeous background, Betty!

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  10. Great result with the color technique, and I really like the placement of the flowers.

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  11. So beautiful! That oxide painting is just gorgeous... I'd say you got the perfect look.. and the added popped up blooms were the perfect touch... you've added some items to my Verve wish list for sure!

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  12. Gorgeous depth in your work Betty~more beautiful than any patterned paper!

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  13. this is one fabulous card...love all that wonderful green and you incredible background. so beautiful betty.

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  14. Gorgeous card, Betty! I love the background technique and the ombre effect of the word die!

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  15. Your background of all those vibrant greens are just heavenly, Betty! I love this :)

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  16. Gorgeous! I've been trying to not get those oxide inks, but I think it's a losing battle! Love your card.

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  17. Wow, Betty your background is absolutely stunnning and I love how you’ve added a lighter colour inside to contrast inside the embossed flowers. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

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  18. Well this is a real celebration of green Betty. I love the background you created, so many lovely hues and lots of texture. The flowers are really the dressing on the cake - love that extra little touch of watercoloring them! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

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  19. Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Betty. It's easy to tell this was a labor of love -- thanks so much for joining us at Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

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  20. Wow great background - I love a the speckles and the sequins. I like how you have raised some of the images up off the page. Chantell Just Add Ink

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  21. Wow Betty! That is such a stunner! A true work of art that deserves to be in a frame. Love the raised elements. Thanks for joining us this week at Just Add Ink.

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  22. Oh wow! This is such a wonderful card! I am in awe of the fabulous background you've created and the colour you've used. thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink!

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  23. Beautiful!! That background is fabulous!

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  24. This is so fabulous, Betty! Love that fabulous background and the clever way you constructed the sentiment.

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  25. Beautiful card, i don't think I use green enough, maybe this will change things. x

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  26. What a pretty card. I love the background you created.

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  27. Gorgeous card. Love the colours and the design.

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  28. super design, love the added dimension you used x

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  29. Your background is breathtaking. I really must try that technique. I have the unopened oxide inks....time to start playing with them! Thanks for inspiring me with your gorgeous card.

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  30. Betty, what a cool background! I love it!! I also love the way your clovers stand out. Beautiful work!!

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Thanks so much!

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