Friday, 10 May 2013

Dragonfly birthday

It was my dad's birthday earlier in the week and this is the card I made for him. A little bit different for me but it was fun!

I spritzed my cardstock with water first (make sure it's something that's happy with plenty of moisture if you
do this) and dripped a little ink onto it, letting it pool and tilting the card to make it run. I used three inks and let them mix a bit where they met. I also flicked some ink from a paintbrush for some splatters of more concentrated colour.

Once dry, I stamped the dragonfly, used a wet paintbrush to lift some of the colour from his wings and used Spica glitter pens to give them a shimmery finish. A sentiment and simple white on white layering finishes it off. I actually mounted the white panel on black before sticking it down so if you view from the side there's a very thin black margin round the panel.

I think that Hero Arts "Happy Birthday" is fast becoming my favourite birthday sentiment - maybe because I wish my handwriting looked like that!

Stamps:
Wings (Darkroom Door)
Sentiment from Say It All (Hero Arts)

Paper: Cryogen White

Ink:
Distress reinkers by Ranger (Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage)
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)

Other:
Spica glitter pens (turquoise and green)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a lovely weekend!

18 comments:

Paula Whittaker said...

love that inky background sits really well with that stamp image

Kath said...

What a gorgeous card. I love the colours, the splatter and the dragon fly. Just lovely.

ionabunny said...

This is very lovely. Great colours and composition. Love the dragonfly stamp.

CraftyJo said...

Beautifully CAS - love it, thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

Oooh I love this! Fab colours and a wonderful technique idea - I will definitely be trying this - that's if I can find a water spritzer that isn't all bunged up! grrr

sam21ski said...

Gorgeous - great splatter

Sam xxx

Traceyr said...

Loving this card and technique Joanne. :)

Deborah said...

The kind of thing that looks like it should be so simple but is so hard to get right, which you have - in spades. Fantastic!

Hazel said...

Stunning card, Joanne - bet your dad loved it. I agree with you about the HA sentiment (must look out for that) x

gardenpinks said...

Stunning card Joanne, love the mixed ink effect and splatters and the dragonfly goes so well. Bet your dad loved this. I wish my handwriting was like that sentiment too:)
Lynn xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

On Pinterest this card was an eyecatcher for me...and I really wanted to give you my compliments for this great card...
Love it in total!!

kind regards, Alie :-)

Jenny said...

I love your card Joanne, great technique... Must try it :0)

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

This is absolutely WONDERFUL! Amazing bg!!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Totally LOVE this card. Your water coloring is a fabulous technique for this truly gorgeous dragonfly. An amazing design!

maria f. said...

This is beautiful - reminds me of the cards I just made and I had a mishap with water ;) Yours is wonderful.

Godelieve said...

So beautiful!!

sally said...

Very very nice :-D

Sally

Cheryl O said...

Just ran across this; so simple, yet stunning!!! Love your color combination, and design, great.