Monday, May 7, 2012

Flourishes BBB22 Challenge and a QUICK TIP!

Welcome to another month of Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!  (BBB22)!  As spring begins to sprout in many parts of the world, let's honour nature by showing off the beauty of what we find in the garden. Pick your favorite flower and make it the centerpiece of your card or creation!  For this challenge we will pick  from all the participants one true beauty favorite who will be asked to join the team for the next month's BBB Challenge, so play along and let's see all those beautiful Garden creations!

For my card today I chose the lovely Magnolias.   I have always been in awe of the magnolia flower.  It is so big and majestic yet flowery, feminine, and fragrant.    I also combined this flower set with the newly released Antique Lace background. 

For the background I inked up the Antique Lace background with Versa mark and clear embossed.  I love this look on any card stock, but really appreciate it on dark rich colors.  Here, I used expresso.  

For the magnolia, I really wanted to go with a sun-kissed color.  The golden sun shining from low in the late afternoon sky reflecting the rich tones from this beautifully crafted ivory flower.   I used Flourishes Classic Ivory card stock, Memento Tuxedo black, and Flourishes Copic Color Collections.  I inked one image and stamped to my Spellbinder's Romantic Rectangles die that I already cut out and ink distressed with Ranger Antique Linen ink.   I then stamped two more images and colored.  I cut out both.  For one layer I used the whole image cut out.  For the top layer I just used the larger magnolia flower and smaller flower to the right.  I used foam tape to add dimension between layers.  I finished with a sentiment die cut.  I stamped another one of the images from the set directly to the sentiment tag using Ranger Brushed Corduroy stamped off once for a lighter effect.  I then stamped the sentiment using Ranger Walnut Stain ink to mimic the rich tones from the expresso card stock background.

I finished the card with some touches of golden glitter on my magolia, a distressed inked wrinkled ribbon bow, gold metallic curly que memory thread, and pearlized button from my stash.  Love how it turned out!

I love seam binding and wrinkle ribbon.   These products are very similar.   I love the weight of it, the texture, and the versatility.  While I love to dye my own seam binding with inks and such, sometimes I really have to work in a pinch.  For those times, I have a quick tip to share.  I use Ranger Ink Blending tool, replacement foam, and Ranger inks to slightly ink distress it to alter it a bit.  It is fast and gives a rich vintage distressed feel to any color in a snap.  Dries fast and I can alter how much or how little with just the swipe of the blending tool.  Thought I'd share.  The picture up top shows a close up of the tag as well as my ink distressed seam binding.   

Flourishes Copic Color Collection

Flourishes Copic Color Collection

As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure to check out all the other beautiful creations from the Bring Back Beautiful Designers!


I am playing along with a few other blog challenges!
Crazy 4 ChallengesC4C135:  Gardening/Great Outdoors
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  Your Favorite stamps (flowers)! 
The Stamp Man:  Favorite Technique (paper tole)
Just Keep on Creating:  Anything Goes
Make it Monday:  Always Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp:  Birthday


  1. I *ADORE* this card!!! The beautiful monochromatic look has sheer elegance written all over it!!! Absolutely STUNNING Betty!!!

  2. WOW! Betty that is absolutely stunning! Just love your creation here.
    Beth Greco

  3. Betting this card is just stunning - I love the coloursm the image, the divine ribbon and the layout! WOW!! Very inspiring and I adore your blog - it is a credit to you and you must put in so many hours. Thanks for sharing and being so inspiring. BTW saw you on MIM.
    Stamping Shanni

  4. This is such a beautiful card with a lovely touch of vintage look to it. I love the inked edges and ribbon.Your layered image makes it pop right off the card.
    I spotted your card on the make it Monday linky and popped over to say hi and take a closer look.


  5. Beautifully done, Betty! Wonderful job coloring! I love the seam ribbon also!

  6. Hi Betty saw you on MIM, this is a glorious floral card, thanks for being part of the party this week!
    Jane x

  7. Gorgeous flower and fabulously coloured. I'm loving that new nestie too - going to have to add it to my wish list.

  8. betty, you are so incredibly gifted!

    what a work of art!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  9. I could fill a room with these stunning flowers. Your card is jaw dropping gorgeous!

    Thank you so much for linking up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

  10. Betty your card is simply stunning. I love everything about it and how wonderful it turned out. Flourishes is very lucky to have your talent shinning bright with the other Bring Back Beautiful Design team Memebers. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous creation as well as your wonderful tip in coloring seam binding.

  11. Stunning card, the magnolia image is gorgeous as is your colouring. A very striking card. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  12. Your card is just amazing! I really love your magnolia stamp and how you've colorized it. It's just so stunning with the die cut edging and then sitting on the dark brown cardstock. Well done! Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  13. Betty your card is stunning.

  14. Betty your card is Stunning!!! love your layout and the colours of the magnolia. The dark brown c/s really makes the image pop!

  15. Betty, this is such a beautiful and stunning card! I just love, love how it all looks together!! So soft and dramatic looking :)

    ~ Amanda :)

  16. hi Betty,

    this card is really beautiful. I love the main image and the dimension makes the card even more amazing. All the other details really complete this card perfectly.

    Thanks so much for sharing your card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to play along :)

  17. Hi Betty,
    Stunning card!
    Saw this on MIM :) x

  18. WOW Betty! What a gorgeous card! You did such a wonderful job coloring those beautiful Magnolias! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Wonderful, gorgeous card, beautiful floral image.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.



  20. Betty, Saw your card on Make it Monday and came for a closer look. Beautiful card. Thanks for the distress tip and love the gold curly cue embellishment.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  21. This is gorgeous Betty! I'm so glad I saw it at MIM. ~Deb

  22. Hi Betty

    Absolutely stunning card!! So many beautiful details. I really love the bow,so perfect.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  23. Beautiful card! Fabulous coloring and great tip for distressing the ribbon. I have that little tool so I may have to try this. Thanks, Betty!

  24. Beautiful.

    I saw your card on Make it Monday, I'm my lucky number '7' this week.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  25. Such a beautiful card Betty, rich in colour and texture. Thanks for linking to the Stamp Man's favourite technique challenge.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  26. Wow, Betty, your card is gorgeous! Love the background and the magnolias! Your bow is also beautiful!


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