Here I am, finally putting this post together. The blossom stamp which I decided to use is by Altenew and is called "Extra Special". I fell in love with the clean lines of the image, the fact that it was a "triple stamp" style with which one can actually stamp in the details and colours, and also the wonderful sentiments. Of course it took me over a year to finally use it after I bought it.
For the first card, I used Memento Tuxedo ink for the outlines and sentiment. For the colours, I decided not to do the "triple stamping" but, instead, decided to use the brand new set of Chameleon alcohol markers which I had just bought. I love the way the colours virtually blend and shade themselves.
After adding a very narrow matte of the same green as the leaves, I attached the layers to my base of Heavy Whisper White and the card was done.
Challenges: Crafting With An Attitude #37 - Anything Goes
For my second card, I used black pigment ink to stamp on Silver Foil. Once that was perfectly set and dry (thanks to my heat gun), I used the matching die to cut out my image (did I mention that the Altenew stamp set came with a die?)
I know black is one of the first colours that comes to mind with a death or funeral but my decision to use it was based purely on its wonderful contrast to the silver foil. Since I also intended to heat emboss the sentiment in silver, I knew the black background would make it "pop".
To finish up I added a matte of silver foil and then also added rhinestones to the centres of the flowers, once I had coloured them black.
Challenges: HLS March Anything Goes With Dies Challenge
Of course one has to show both cards together for the Twofer Challenge. Are you ready? They look fabulous together, don't they?
I don't know why I waited over a year to finally use this set.
I'm entering these cards into the Twofer Challenge #3 - Blossoms
I'm also entering these cards into The Flower Challenge #18 - Anything Goes