I needed to make a thank you card for a friend and he wanted to add a picture to the card front.
I had some problems printing the picture so I started playing with the set I wanted to use without the picture and came up with my first card. It's actually a sketch challenge from Split Coast Stampers, SC119 and my second card is another sketch challenge, SC126.
Supply List: Stamps - Lizzie Anne Designs Jolies Fleurs, Thank You by Sweet Impressions, Paper - Apricot Appeal, Rose Red, Basic Black, Watercolor paper, Ink - Noir Black, Apricot Appeal, Rose Red, Accessories - Watercolor crayons, Aqua painter, Stickles Ice.
After I finished my first card I went out and got the picture from my friend because I wasn't having any luck printing it. The kids and I went for a drive and got to visit for awhile, it was a nice break this afternoon for us.
I chose the colors for this card by taking the colors of their shirts in the picture and using them together. I considered using my retired Denim background stamp because he's wearing jeans but really didn't want to add another color to the card. Too many colors can get to be a bit much for me.
I cropped the photo and mounted it on Basic Black card stock, then Pretty In Pink and Cranberry Crisp. When I set the mounted picture on the Cranberry card stock that's crossed over it blended into it too well so I cut a square of Pretty In Pink and then cut it diagonally to make a triangle so my photo would pop. I attached the crossed pieces so I'd know I had enough room to stamp the Thank You where I wanted it and then stamped the rest of the background.
I then attached the photo with foam tape so it's slightly raised and wanted to add a flower from my stash. My colors weren't quite right so I used one of the stamps from the stamp set and Cranberry Crisp ink and stamped on the flower, the pink flower wasn't quite the right shade so I squished it in my ink pad, then put them together and used a matte finish black brad. I'd really like to have the new Rhinestone brads from our Stampin' Up! catalog but don't so when I put the Stickles on the first card I thought... Gee I wonder... It'll work for now!