Saturday, August 3, 2013

Summer Heat (but it is only spring)

Welcome - I am so privileged that you have visited.

The weather here is slowly warming up as spring approaches.  The 'summer heat' title is because of the colours on this card.

I made the background some time ago using distress stains on watercolour paper, then spritzing it with a glimmer spray.  I then cut the sheet into four smaller pieces, and decided that 
I did not like it!!

The other day I was wanting to make a card for a young man and this peeped out from under a pile of stash as I pulled out the brown base.... I grabbed it and set to.

The image is a very early purchase of mine from Kiwistamping that appears to have been retired.  I moistened the stamp lightly, coloured it with watercolour crayons, sprayed with water and stamped it. 
It did not transfer very well, so I added some colour with a fine brush.

The sentiment was embossed directly onto the background and some pearls added for emphasis. I also ran the edge of the watercolour paper across a gold ink pad before mounting it onto the brown base.

This photo shows some of the shimmer when the light hits the card at the right angle.

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Lovely Linda said...

HI Maxine - you are always so good trying different techniques - it came together so well - love the Palm Tree and the background colours - well done! {{{hugs}}}

Only By His Grace said...

Well there you go Maxine. it doesn't pay to throw anything away. this looks gorgeous. I love the coloured background.
Hugs Maz

Dawn T said...

It looks fabulous Maxine. The way you added the palm makes it look very summery. So happy that Spring is coming and the days are definitely getting longer.

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful card, love those gorgeous warm colours!!
Thank you so much for joining us over at the Artistic Stamper!

mamapez5 said...

I really like this Maxine. well done for turning an 'unhappy result' into a very happy one. Kate x

Cynthia said...

This is lovely, Maxine. The shimmer is a great finish! Glad to hear that you are starting to get warmer weather!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so cool!!

marsha said...

Amazing palm tree and I love how you showed the heat just beating down! Great interpretation and colors.
Hugs and blessings,

jimlynn said...

Maxine, this is WOW!!!! How beautiful are those colors and the image just fits them. Fantastic card!

Shelly Schmidt said...

How cool that you like to try different techniques- you achieved a great background- and it is so cool to have backgrounds on hand when you are in a creative mood : ) The embossing looks great!

Gemiel said...

What a beautiful card, Maxine! I love the rainbow of color. It definitely reflects the summer heat, something we have not been able to escape around here LOL.

Anne Bente said...

Hvor er det bare super flot.

10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring,


Bridget Larsen said...

Experimenting is the key to the game, yo have done well on this one. Yes for some reason my mint has grown again even though we still have frost

Wendy said...

Fabulous summery card..Thanks for playing along with us at A Little Bit Crafty Challenge this month.
Wendy xx

Sue said...

Wow, fabulous background with those crayons! Great heat embossing too. Lovely summer card. Thank you for joining us at ATCAS.

stressfreestamping said...

Don't you just love it when you are able to use something you've already made! I love the shimmer on top of all of those colors. The embossed sentiment looks fab too! Thanks for playing at ATCAS. :)

Sannekreativ said...

Hvor er det bare et super flot kort med dejlige farver.

1000 tak for at du deltager på udfordring på Card and scrap.

DT Sanne

Patrice said...

Your card SCREAMS summer!!! I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

Wendy said...

Love the card Hun very sunny thank you for joining us at our challenge this month at Nat and Amys Wendy

Marita Soutar said...

Funny isn't it how sometimes when we cast fresh eyes onto something we previously didn't like we can see it's potential and turn it into sometime gorgeous! well done, it's lovely!

Eulanda said...

Oh yes this feels so warm like summer!! Our summer is just ending now and going into fall. Not happy! LOL!! What a great male card! So happy to have you join our "Warm/Cool Colors" challenge and hope to see you play again!
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