Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share a really pretty and easy one layer card with you today. I wanted the orchid image in the Rare Blessings Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! to be the main focus on my card today. I didn’t want a lot of embellishments, or layers so a one layer card was the way to go. Here’s a look at my card.
The Rare Blessings Stamp Set features a wonderfully detailed orchid just for you to give to a friend. The Rare Blessings Stamp Set also comes with great sentiments in a beautiful font. I think the orchid is what I noticed first when I was thumbing through the catalog back in April and was like omg I have to have that set. Then I look at the sentiments and it was a must have after reading what was in the set and seeing the fonts.
I used a little ink blending in the background of the card to enhance the coloring of the orchid. But, before I laid down the Crushed Curry ink blend; I had to stamp the orchid and mask it. I create my mask with a little Avery Removable Label and cut it out. For the colors of the orchid I used my Stampin’ Blends. There’s really not a lot of real estate to color with this image, but I still got four different colors on each section. For the leaves I used Old Olive and Mossy Meadow. For the orchid’s blooms I used Purple Posy and Highland Heather. For the flower centers I used Daffodil Delight. I did use the light and dark of all these markers on the flowers and leaves. Even with out a lot of area to color I still could get in there and add some nice shading.
When I got the orchid colored it was standing out from the background enough. The reason for that was the ink blending in the background was so soft compared to the coloring with the blends. So I came back in with the Daffodil Delight blends and the color lifter and added some color around the the orchid. I wanted it to kind of look like a glowing shadow around the image. I think it made the image pop more. What do you think?
To decorate the envelope for this card; I simply stamped the orchid in tuxedo black ink on the front. This gave me a nice backdrop for the front of the envelope and I still have plenty of room to write my recipients address. To decorate the flap of the envelope I just stamped the orchid blooms around in a pattern, as you all know I like to do if you follow my blog.
I hope that you have enjoyed my little one layer card today. Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes of your day with me. I will be back again tomorrow with a video tutorial so I will see you tomorrow.
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