Friday, June 3, 2022

Altenew Craft-a-Flower - Cistus and smooshing!

Hello again, my friends.  I'm sharing a card made for a friend today - sometimes we just need to say hello in a beautiful way! 
Here's how my card came began today: ink smooshing!

After choosing my ink colors, I 'smoosh' them one at a time onto my glass mat,
spritz with a fine mist of water, then pick up the ink with a scrap of acetate from packaging - yes, I do save almost every scrap, but Lawn Fawn sells Acetate in a package, too, if you don't happen to save yours! Repeat until the color satisfies you... I used a mixed media cardstock today.

Here are the colors of Distress Inks I chose today:

Then it was just a matter of using the dies to cut the layers from this gorgeous Altenew Craft a Flower: Cistus set...

Laying them out as shown on their packaging helps tremendously when assembling the blooms, and leaves.

Making the blooms the star of the card was so easy with these wonderful dies from Mama Elephant and Pinkfresh Studio!

I love the resulting 'shades of white' for these blooms - but which card base is best?  I asked the in-house critic for his opinion... he did good!

Don't you agree?

These wonderful words from Honey Bee's My Favorite Flower set were the perfect sentiment for the inside of my friend's card... a dash of Pinkfresh gems, and 
my card is complete!

See you again on my next Doodlebug Friday!
=]  Michele

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  1. So fun and the results are oh-so-pretty! You've trained your in-house consultant pretty well!

  2. Yay to your in house critic, as he sure did good Michele x. What a beautiful card, love the smooshing and the eye catching design x.

  3. You and Tom make a great team, Michele! (Not that you need much backup.) Pretty flowers and I love the sentiment!

  4. You made all these pieces come together just beautifully Michele, and Tom was a great helper too! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

  5. Yup, he did good! But you, my friend did great! Love the soft bit of color you added to those blooms. Layering them onto the window pane was a fabulous idea. Pretty card!

  6. Yay Tom for his contribution to this gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing how you achieved the fantastic look. So soft, pretty and elegant. So inspiring!

  7. So you with all the neutral colors, Michele. Tom was right to pick your signature gray for the background.

  8. Of course it had to be grey. Wonderful card, as usual xx

  9. Another stunner. I love the way you colored and constructed your flower. What you did with it to create your finished piece is magical. LOVE IT!

  10. Your in-house consultant has good taste! I love the smooshing, and the subtle colors make beautiful flowers!

  11. Your in-house critic did well and knows you so very well! Of course it had to be gray which really makes those beautiful shades on your flowers pop. A stunner for sure, but they always are my friend! Hugs, Brenda