This hop is an "open hop" meaning we could pick anything from our latest box so I went with something that isn't really me, just for fun, ya know :-) Then, my theme became Pacific point and gold as I was playing around. Most of the time, I like having a clear plan for my projects but sometimes they really do just take on a life of their own and that's what happened here.
The watercolor wash background may be something you see again;-) My mom was here visiting and was helping me sort my scraps (I FINALLY cleaned out my scraps from the last 6 years or so, hahahahaha...at least moving is good for something) and she may have seen some upcoming projects and wanted to know how I did that. So, I showed her by letting her pick a color and of course she picked PP which honestly, is a color I NEVER grab. I'm kind of glad she did...this was sitting on my desk and I just felt compelled to use it!
I did a few unexpected things I think. And these cards aren't really "me" but they are at the same time, does that make any sense? LOL! I'm glad my mom inspired me to go outside of my usual color comfort zone!
For my big dragonfly, I cut out one in Pacific point and then stamped one on WW card stock. I stamped off for the wings and body and then stamped the outline full strength. I bent his wings up a little when I attached him to the plain card stock one. My sentiment is heat embossed with gold powder.
I really love the little dots stamp. It reminds me of one we had that was similar a few years ago and I loved that one. I wanted to do something a little bit different with it though, so I stamped it on watercolor paper and then VERY GENTLY sprayed it with a LITTLE bit of water. I say this because I may have went a little heavy on my first attempt. It did not turn out well :-) Some of them spread a little and some didn't and I love the look it left. I cut out my dragonflies on vellum and actually used the negative portion as a stencil. I taped it down with some retired washi tape so it didn't move on me and sponged it very carefully as to not bend the vellum. It's pretty delicate as compared to if you use acetate for a stencil. I also very carefully cut apart a few of the vellum ones and used a glue dot to adhere them to my gold cutout after bending their wings a bit. All you need to do is use just the tips of your paper snips in the really detailed areas.
Finally, I couldn't get my sentiment to look right anywhere on the card so I took my trusty paper snips and chopped it up :-) This is seriously a tip I should think about more often. It's cute and it usually works any time you can't get your sentiment to work any other way (which happens a lot to me, what about you?).
I hope you liked my dragonfly dream cards!
Now it's time to head off to the Netherlands with Miriam (seriously, I've always wanted to go there!!!) and see the awesomeness she's got waiting for you! Just click on the photo below!
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