A gem of a card for a Mojo Monday challenge

A gem of a card close up

Today’s card is for another Mojo Monday challenge and the sketch this week is this one:

I’m still playing with some of my free papers and so I decided to make the large “circle” in the sketch, into a large flower that matched my paper.

A gem of a card

Stamp sets: You’re a Gem (W122268 or C122270), Fruits & Flowers (W122605 or C122607)
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade (124388), Calypso Coral (124392), Whisper White (106549)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670), Calypso Coral (122939)
Markers: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral (2011-13 In Color Assortment – 123002)
DSP: Berry Blossoms (122350)  (free with £45 order during April)
Punches:  1-3/8″ Circle (119860)
Ruffled Ribbon: Calypso Coral (122976)
Bigz L Dies: Fun Flowers (121812)
Other: Basic Rhinestones (119246), Clear Rhinestone Brads (113144)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Sponge Daubers (102892)

The card base is an A6 portrait of Calypso Coral. A large mat of Lucky Limeade was layered with co-ordinating patterns of the Berry Blossoms DSP, (ensuring that the flower in the paper that I was matching to, would be clearly seen). The medium and small flowers from Fun Flowers were die cut from Calypso Coral card and the edges sponged with matching ink and shaped, before adhering them together. Using markers direct to stamp, the small flower spray was coloured with Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade markers and stamped onto Whisper White card. The sentiment was stamped over the top using Early Espresso ink and the image punched out with the 1-3/8″ Circle and sponged with more Calypso Coral ink before popping up on dimensionals in the centre of the flower. A rhinestone was added to the centre of the stamped flower and then the whole flower was adhered direct to the card front layer. Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon was wrapped around the top part of the mat and a faux bow secured with a Clear Rhinestone Brad. The card front layer was popped up on dimensionals on the card front and more rhinestones were added to the centres of the flowers in the patterned paper to finish.

A gem of  a card inside

Stamp sets: Fruits & Flowers (W122605 or C122607), Petite Pairs (W122495 or C122497)
Cardstock: Whisper White (106549)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670)
Markers: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral (2011-13 In Color Assortment – 123002)
DSP: Berry Blossoms (122350)  (free with £45 order during April)

For the inside, a Whisper White insert was stamped with the sentiment in Early Espresso ink. Flower sprays to match the front of the card were inked and stamped as before, framing the sentiment. A strip of the main DSP used on the front was added to the bottom of the insert before it was adhered direct to the back inside of the card.

I like this card but after it was done I found myself wishing that I’d textured or watermark stamped the Lucky Limeade layer to take the edge off the “plain”. What do you think?

Sara xx

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