Participating in swaps is lots of fun, and always inspiring. This is the card I made for a recent swap I was in with 5 other lovely ladies. Actually, this isn't the exact card that they received. I ended up deciding to stamp "En Francais" in Old Olive ink on the Old Olive piece, and I prefer it with that added detail. I think I used just about every background stamp I own on this card!
There are quite a lot of steps to this card, but you're all always telling me you like reading my descriptions, so here goes!
First, I stamped Linen Background on the Very Vanilla piece really lightly. I used Creamy Caramel ink and used the fifth impression (so I stamped 4 times on scrap card-stock before stamping on the Very Vanilla piece). The Brocade Backgrounds stem and leaves has been stamped in Old Olive ink on Very Vanilla card-stock. I stamped the flower on a separate piece of Very Vanilla card-stock and cut it out. I got a multi-coloured flower by colouring the inner part with a Pumpkin Pie marker, and the middle with a Rose Red marker, and then I inked the edges by rolling the stamp in the Purely Pomegranate inkpad. I then blended the colours on the stamp with an Aquapainter, before stamping it on Very Vanilla Card-stock, and cutting it out.
TIP: always leave a narrow white border when cutting out images. It's much more forgiving on the eye than trying to cut right up to the edge.
I attached the inner part of the flower with my 2-way glue pen (great for getting into small areas), and popped the outer part of the petals up on dimensionals. I sponged the edges of this piece with Close to Cocoa ink, and layered it on a piece of Chocolate Chip card-stock.
The Old Olive piece has also been stamped with Linen background in Versamark ink (I just love the subtle texture this gives!), and the edges sponged in Old Olive ink. The main card is Purely Pomegranate, stamped with Paisley background, in Versamark ink.
The greeting is from Occasional greetings, stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. I punched it out with my Oval punches (what on earth did I use to do before I had these???), with more sponging in Close to Cocoa.
The ribbon is Wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain.