Monday, 13 January 2020

…no flowers around them

Sharing a CAS birthday card featuring a pretty peony stamp from Studio Katia called Blooming Bunch.

For my card I’ve played both the sketch and inspiration picture from Fusion.  My peony bunch is the round element on sketch and I’ve used the monochromatic colours from the inspiration picture.  I love how the white on black colouring turned out.  You can’t really tell in the picture but the water colour I used has a lovely shimmer to it that makes the image even more beautiful in real life.  The only bit that didn’t quite turn out is the layer of green I put over the white on the leaves, numerous coats later and those leaves remained stubbornly white!

While I’ve kept the palette limited, I added some interest by layering my black cardstock over a silver mat and did the same with my sentiment strip.  Layers are the topping over at Seize theBirthday so I’m rocking both the regular ‘anything goes’ and topping.  Loving being able to do the double on two different challenges, the inspiration challenges provide is exactly why I love playing in them.

At Allsorts that want you to say it in flowers.  I seem to want to say it in peonies all the time, but we won’t talk about this stamp being NBUS from my trip to Tassie over Christmas (shout out to the two most awesome real bricks and mortar, smell the fresh paper and alcohol inks craft shops in Australia, Bev’s Cross Crafts and Ashcrafts and Gifts!) or the numerous other peony stamps I have in my stash.  Let’s just talk about peonies being such pretty, pretty flowers and the fact their starring presence on my card means I can also link up my card in the Allsorts’ challenge.

Chalks & Powders etc
Stampendous! Embossing Powder ~ Detail Silver
Inks & Paints etc
Close To My Heart Glitter Brush Pen ~ Mint Julep
Kuretake Starry Colors ~ No. 902 Red Gold & No. 906 White Gold
Tsukineko Ink ~ VersaMark
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Hero Arts Smooth Cardstock ~ Pitch Black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Cardstock Metallic ~ Silver

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love your peonies on black in this classy design! I also love peonies and was thrilled to find some silk versions last summer that look so utterly real! Thanks so much for joining us in the Fusion Card Challenge!

  2. A really great image and love the black and white effect. Thank you for joining our 'Say it with Flowers' challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  3. Beautiful blooms and such striking use of colour, thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts 'Say it with Flowers' theme this week.

    B x

  4. Beautiful design! I can imagine how shiny those florals would be, and it made more dramatic by being monochrome. Thank you so much for joining us at the Seize the Birthday challenge!

  5. A beautiful design and so effective. Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.
    Lynn x

  6. Oh, I love how you played with the black and white color palette and how you combined the sketch and inspiration photo, Emily! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fusion!


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