A few months back I was walking down the main street of my home town and was stopped in my tracks by the sight of gorgeous blue orchids sitting in the window of the local florist shop. I had never seen blue orchids before, they were absolutely stunning and the image has stayed with me. When I saw this week's challenge I knew it was the perfect opportunity to recreate those blue orchids in paper. My mother has a magic touch with orchids, so I made this card to send to her in the near future. We lost my dad earlier this year and she finds it very lonely after 65 years of marriage to be on her own, so I try to send little surprises in the mail to her whenever I can. Can't wait to send her this one.
First I stamped the orchid image onto my white cardstock front - 4 1/4" x 4 7/8". I stamped the image twice on blue designer paper and once on yellow DP. For one of the blue sets I cut out the full orchid flowers (except for the little tongue), shaded them a bit with a copic marker and adhered them to the card front. For the second stamped image on blue I cut out only the top two petals of each flower, shaded them and adhered them to the first blooms applying glue only to the center portion so that the petals could be pushed up slightly to give more dimension. Then I cut out the center portion of the yellow flowers, shaded them with copics and adhered. The stems and buds are coloured with copics.
To add a little textural interest to the top of the card I took my PTI heart border die and used it to emboss across the top of the card first. Then I added a section of the heart border that I die cut. A sentiment, sparkles, black border and yellow print rounded out the card.
Stamps - Orchids, April Showers (Flourishes)
Paper - Stardust, Chantilly DP (CTMH), Neena Solar White CS, Black CS
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics - G05, 12, 14, Y21, 35, B34
Other - Blue sparkles (CTMH), Heart Border Die (PTI)