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Let's go green!

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a nice weekend so far... As for me, I actually challenged myself to use green on a card. And I went clean & layered too. It's a bit traumatic to go from vintage to green CAL all of a sudden, I don't recommend it... LOL. But I'm one of those who sets on an idea and goes for it whatever it takes... That sounded drastic! Actually, I'm in a place in my creative life where I need to discover more of what I am capable of, and challenges help me with that. Below is my personal inspiration photo for this card (not that I wasn't inspired by the challenges' photos or color boards too :D)...  

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So yes, it is a floral card -what a surprise-. LOL. And with no further ado, here's what I came up with:

Flourishes stamps - Flowers for Jan
Inkadinkado stamps - Floral expressions
Memento dye ink - Rich Cocoa
Brilliance pigment ink - Coffee Bean
Hero Arts Cleardesign Block - Large Letter
Ranger embossing ink

Imagine Crafts sponge dauber
Inkadinkado embossing powder - Clear
ZAP! heat tool
Faber Castell color pencils - 071, 070, 063, 046, 076, 089
- Artistic brushes - Y1
- Paper twine - Brown
- Crystal stickers
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Other generic materials

Hawaii cardstock - White
Specialty metallic cardstock - Brown

I stamped the Iris flowers on regular cardstock, as long as you don't use too much water it's ok. I watercolored them and in the end I heat embossed the images in Clear. I cut the upper contour of the flowers and left the other sides as they were. That way I was able to make those flowers pop a little more. I like how this card is framed symmetrically, that sole detail gives the design a clean elegance. To finish the design, I thought I'd use this brown paper twine I had in my stash, it looks like it belongs to this card. Oh, and of course I had to add some crystals :D

Hope you enjoyed. Continue to have a good weekend!

This card is participating in:

Going Green
Saavy Handmade Cards

Color Challenge Green
QKR Stampede

Color Inspiration
The Card Concept

Cards in Envy

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Bloggers Challenge 
Designs by Lisa Somerville


  1. GRACIE! THIS IS VERY ELEGANT!!!! LOOOOOOVE the IRIS PICTURE for your inspiration!!! You did a FABULOUS JOB water coloring this image to match your inspiration!!!!!!!;) SUPER JOB!!! ANNNND A WINNER!!!!:)

  2. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL - so clean and so elegant - I love your watercolouring!

  3. Such a pretty card. Thanks for playing along with us at Cards in Envy.

  4. Your card is really lovely! The flowers are beautifully colored and the simple design is perfect. Thanks for sharing your creation at Savvy Handmade Cards.

  5. How pretty this is! Your coloring is beautiful, and I love the green and brown together. The paper twine was a lovely touch, too. Thanks so much for joining us in this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge!

  6. Gracie,
    I love the picture, and the card. I am so glad to see you using brown, have always stayed away from it because it seemed so harsh, but you've made it look soft and lovely. Good job!

  7. I think I am going to have to disagree with you...your card looks SO Classy and Elegant to me! Those beautiful flowers, fussy cut perfectly are so elegant! This is a very well made card, perfect use of the colors for this week's challenge!

  8. Oh my Gracielle! What an amazingly stunning card! I don't think I've ever seen an iris with green and blue on it - it's gorgeous! Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us for our "Timeless Tuesday Challenge" this week at Flourishes!

  9. Beautiful Creation. Thanks for joining us this week for "Our Color Challenge - Green." Good Luck.

    Karal DT for QKR Stampede
    My Blog: Karals Creative Corner

  10. Beautiful card! I love the design and the gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing with our Think Green challenge at Cards in Envy!

  11. Beautiful watercoloring, and stunning photography! I think green may be in your future (she smiles).

    Very sincerely,
    Susie Lessard ~
    Designing for Sweet n Sassy Stamps, and

  12. I'd say that you definitely rocked 'green' with this card! Your watercolored images are stunning. You really do ooze talent young lady! Fabulous use of the challenge colors - LOVE the twine bow and where you placed the sentiment (awesome font!). Thanks for joining us this week at CCC!

  13. Gorgeous colouring and great card!

  14. Wow, stunning card with so much texture. Love the twine you used too. Thank you for joining us at The Card Concept!

  15. Such a stunning card inspired by your beautiful flowers. I am loving the subtle shading behind your flowers and the wonderful dimension which really brings this card to life. Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy this fortnight. Danie xx

  16. So pretty, Graciellie! The watercoloring is gorgeous and your brown twine 'ties' it all together so well! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at The Card Concept!

  17. such pretty coloring!!!!! sooo much for playing along with Cards in Envy!!!!


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