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Cacti Love

I've been loving the houseplant/tropical plant trend for a while, and like most things, I'm often late to the party! I got this lovely set called Rooting For You from Concord & 9th for Christmas and shamefully hadn't made a thing with it. I'm sure I'm not the only one that does that! Do you do that too?!

Over the weekend, I sat and coloured in lots of little ferns and cacti, before creating some cards.

As you can see from the pic, I had a good time colouring! I did them in a few different colours so I have some variety for another time. I was inspired by four challenges: Color Throwdown, Fusion, Simon Says Stamp & CASology

I started by stamping, colouring and die cutting the images from the set using my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers. Here's my colour list:

Blues: Blue, Persian Blue & Haze Blue

Greens: May Green, Green, Yellow Green / Olive, Mid Green / Deep Green, Light Green

Yellows: Bright Yellow / Yellow

Using the peek-a-boo stitched window die from MFT I cut a white panel to create the little windows for my plant pots to nestle into. I dug out a very old polka dot stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Polka Dot Basics. MFT do a similar one called Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Background Stamp.

I then die cut a panel that I adhered with pop dots to mount the trio of images, which I also pop dotted. (You'll see a theme on this one throughout my blog - I LOVE the rectangle Heffy Doodle dies, I had literally wanted a set like this for years so that I could use them on my UK sized cards.

I didn't have any blue cardstock to match the images, so I simply used my Zig Clean Brush Colour Markers (Persian Blue) to colour a piece of white card stock and die cut the word, 'hi', using the die in Concord & 9th's Hexagon Label Dies set.

As you may have noticed, I'm really working on cracking CAS cards. I wanted to add more detail to this, with gems etc but stopped at this point. It kills me not adding more, but as they say, 'Sometimes less is more' haha.

While I had the supplies out, I thought I'd have a play with a different card using the same stamps. I'm not sure this would qualify as CAS, but I enjoyed making it anyway. Here's how it came together.

I die cut the hexagon panel from Papertrey Ink's Cover Plate: Hexagons. I'm on a mission to use old and new products right now :) It's so easy to want the latest thing and forget that you have some unloved sets that need a bit of love and attention!

Using a technique I learned from an Altenew masterclass, I took out my rouge and crimson Altenew mini ink pads from the Red Sunset combo. I added some ink from each ink pad that I mixed the ink on my Tim Holtz media mat with some water to which I added Ranger Perfect Pearls (Biscotti) to create a lovely shimmery ombre background. I used watercolour cardstock, heat-dried the panel and then splattered it with Komorebi classic metallic gold watercolour. I then die cut a circle using Spellbinders circle nesties.

I stamped and coloured the images, adding some of the same metallic gold paint to each. Sadly, it's not showing up so well on camera, each vase has gold added to it. I die cut the little shelf and 'hello' in chocolate brown cardstock.

I wasn't very keen on the colour wash, so I left the card overnight and came back to it. The next morning I decided to add a piece of vellum to tone the peach shade down which I die cut using the same size die. As you could see the little splatters through the vellum, it kinda looked a bit dirty, so I went over the little dots with a gold metallic pen.

Zig colours used:

Blues: Turquoise Green / Persian Green

Greens: Green / May Green / Deep Green / Mid Green / Olive Green

Pinks: Pink / Dark Pink/ Red

To finish the card, I die cut the little heart in a scrap of matte gold cardstock that I found in my scrap stash.

Hope you like them and that I've inspired you to have a play with some older stamps and dies too.

Until next time. Thanks for popping by!

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