Blended Bloom and Pleasant Poppies

It’s been pretty cold here in Ohio and after 9 days with the kids home, school cancellations and lots of snow, I haven’t had much time to craft during my breaks and lunches like I’m used to. Yesterday, I decided I wanted to play with my Blendabilities Markers from Stampin’ Up! They are alcohol-based markers and are new to this year’s catalog. They come in 3 shades for blending to give added depth to all your coloring! I’ve gotten all the colors and they’ve been sitting there whispering my name…Caly….Caly…..

So, I decided to play and used two stamp sets that I have not yet used to make some SPRING cards – I’m definitely ready for warmer weather!

The first card is made from a background stamp called Pleasant Poppies. I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink (you can use a permanent ink too) – but make sure to use an acid-free, water-based ink so the colors don’t bleed. I chose Wild Wasabi for the stems and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. There are a few centers that I colored with Daffodil Delight. Start with the darkest shade, working on one flower at a time, then use the medium and light shade to blend each flower. It takes quite a bit of patience, but it looks amazing when it’s done!

Pleasant Poppies

I used the darkest, then the lightest shade of Wild Wasabi on the stems, although you can’t really tell. You could probably get away with using just one shade, if you’d like.

Pleasant Poppies 1

At first, I only added the ribbon and told myself I’d finish off the cards at a later time. But of course, that didn’t sit well with me. So I pulled it out today at lunch and decided to make it a birthday card for my sister, whose birthday is in a few weeks.

Pleasant Poppies 2

Cool embellishments/sentiments, right? I’ll get to that in a minute…since I used the same set to create this next card. The card base on the above card is in Rich Razzleberry and is used to make the “happy” die cut as well as the sentiment piece.

Here is the second card I made using the Blendabilities Markers and the Blended Bloom stamp. I chose Coastal Cabana  and Daffodil Delight for this image.

   Blended Bloom2

The card base here is Bermuda Bay. I don’t have Coastal Cabana card stock, but I think it’s almost the same hue and still looks great. I have Bermuda Bay markers too, but I wanted a lighter color and this is how it turned out:

Blended Bloom4

About the sentiments/embellishments – I used the Crazy About You stamp set and Hello You thinlits dies – which is sold in a bundle in the Occasions catalog (or you can buy them separate too). I used the Word Window punch for the sentiment, then layered it on the Modern Label punch. These punches are new to my collection and I was excited I got to use them! so pretty!

Pleasant Poppies 3

Blended Bloom3

That’s all for today, folks! Thanks for stopping by!

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