Sunday, 6 March 2016

Spring has sprung


I guess we are well into spring already as the daffodils are out. But it's also really cold and we just had a touch of hail so maybe it's not quite spring yet... Anyhow, it's spring in the craft room with some daffodils and narcissi on the windowsill and bright colours in the watercolour palette. 

Today's card was inspired by a couple of challenges with a spring theme. First of all, it was inspired by the elemental inspiration image over at Daring Cardmakers. I was inspired by the spring flowers (I don't have a tulip stamp so Narcissi it was this time), the colour scheme of yellow, green and wood, and the woodgrain on the table as well as the large letters. I was also inspired by the Easter/spring theme over at Time Out. There is also an optional twist of masking, and I chose to include the twist by masking the stamped image when I inked through the woodgrain stencil. Time Out is also celebrating 2 years of challenges, happy birthday to Time Out and here's to many more! I'm also very excited to link up with the brand new CAS Mix Up challenge. The theme for the first CAS Mix Up challenge is stamping + watercolouring + your choice. I choose masking and stencilling as my choices. I'm also linking up with Just Us Girls where the theme is flowers and Darnell's fabulous NBUS challenge which is already on round 6. Lots of NBUS on this card; STAMPlorations Narcissus stamp, the Weathered Wood stencil and the Sketchy Alphabet stamps are all out and about for the first time, but most certainly not the last. 









I started by stamping the STAMPlorations Narcissus stamp in Antique Linen and watercolouring with my Gansai Tambis. Then I masked the flowers and inked Vintage Photo through the STAMPlorations Weathered Wood stencil. Last, I used the Sketchy Alphabet from STAMPlorations to spell Spring in green ink, and I completed the sentiment using the Stampin' Up Alphabet Rotary stamp, and a stamp from the Mixed Media Elements set.

Card: 300 gsm textured white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Narcissus Large, Mixed Media Elements and Sketchy Alphabet, Stampin' Up Alphabet Rotary stamp
Ink and colouring: Tim Holtz distress inks Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours
Other: STAMPlorations Weathered Wood stencil






11 comments:

Bonnie said...

These are gorgeous daffodils! I've been trying to paint some daffodils and haven't been able to get this bright, realistic color! Maybe I need to get some Gansai Tambi paint? Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

Dianne said...

The flowers on your card are lovely...they make me wish for Spring to hurry!

Shery said...

Gorgeous card, Karola! So love how you set those beautifully colored daffodils against that wood grain background! Love!

Svenja said...

Your card is so beautiful and elegant! Thanks for playing along with the Daring Cardmakers this week.

Maria Levine said...

What a great spring card. I love the bright yellow flowers, nicely done. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls.

Miri said...

I love your spring card. Thanks so much for sharing it with the Daring Cardmakers. Your daffodils look perfect on the woodgrain background ... and I still can't believe that your colourful and fun card is a one-layer-card! Wow

Loll said...

LOVE your design. Your woodgrain background is so cool and makes an awesome backdrop for your gorgeous daffodils. You have really brought those blooms to life with your colouring and shading to create lots of visual dimension. And the bright green accents are so fun. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up! Loll :)

Dawn said...

Beautiful colouring of your flowers and I love the wood grain background. Thanks for joining in at Daring Cardmakers. x

Chris Dring said...

Love the design on your card! Those flowers look amazing with the woodgrain behind them! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

Maria Levine said...

Beautiful yellow! Great layout, love what you did! Thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

Lynn said...

I love how you stenciled the woodgrain. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!