Monday, December 5, 2011

Vintage Violets...

Good morning! Hope you all had a terrific weekend! We put up our Christmas tree and visited a really cute downtown market square Christmas festival in Georgetown. Today I am sharing a card that I made for a friend of mine in Wisconsin using the Wood Violet from "Stately Flowers 1". papers are Pure Luxury Wild Heather, Black Onyx and White. I colored the image with Copics, violets range from so many blues to purples to even magentas so there are tons of coloring possibilities and patterned papers and cardstock that will coordinate. Here I used some more periwinkle shades and a W-3 for shadows.To make the background, I stamped the smaller violets in Milled Lavender all over a piece of Gina patterned paper (love this ivory print with a very subtle harlequin diamond and brocade overlays) for perfect coordination. I included smaller versions of two of the state flowers in this set which lend themselves really well to making borders, stamping the inside or back of your card, decorating you envelopes, or custom patterned papers like these. TIP: Turn the image each time you stamp so your pattern doesn't look too static and the different parts of the flowers and leaves "nest" into the surrounding ones.

Here you can see a closeup of the coloring and how I used the line with the diamonds element in the set to accent the state and flower name. You could also do the names in one color in and the line in black or another color to really make it pop. I just love the name of things and adding the flower's name with the image like a botanical print! I used a few little adhesive pearls, a white doily, and a Fancy Tag 3 I die cut from Black Onyx and then snipped in half so that I could separate the pieces and have them cascade around the corners, you don't see the cut behind the doily. Black Onyx mat is cut with a Classic Petal Edgebilities.

More to come! Hope you are having lots of success with any holiday preparations you have! take time to enjoy the moment! Breathe! :)


  1. This card looks so delicate and so very feminine. Thank you for sharing the cool tip to stamp on decorated paper with matching color.

  2. Beautiful card & idea~ Your work is just lovely! Kim

  3. Melanie, this card is Gorgeous!I love the colors and how delicate and elegant it is.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us during this very hetic time of year!

    Blessings to you and your family,


  4. SO beautiful, Melanie!! LOVE this flower & card.

  5. wow
    this is simply amazing. Perfection

  6. So lovely, off to look at the rest of your amazing gallery now too :O) Viv xx


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