#875 – Red, White and Blue

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. JoAnn picked the topping this time, and it is ‘Red, White and Blue’. Since the topping is optional, as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

And here’s what I made –

I started with the flower and leaves die cuts. The dies I used are from Altenew Peony Dreams and Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. I first die cut them, adhered the pieces with the layers and water-colored them once they had dried. Finally, I added a lot of white splatters on all of them, using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink.

Coming to the frame – I didn’t have any cardstock with the shade of blue that I wanted. I thought of swiping the ink pad on white cardstock, since I had the right shade, but that would end up wasting a lot of the ink. Instead, I dabbed the colors on an acrylic surface, then watercolored the cardstock, using as less water as possible. I then dried and watercolored again, repeating the process a few more times to get the desired opacity. Once dry, I die cut the frame using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

Finally, on the white card base, I added some splatters of the same shade of blue. Once this dried, I foam mounted the frame and assembled the rest of the pieces on the card. The sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

And that’s my card. You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months, Jennifer Wills have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

28 thoughts on “#875 – Red, White and Blue

  1. Love your take on the inspiration! I realized that I don’t make any cards since March, so I may enter this birthday themed challenge… how wild is that :)?

  2. Love the bold red poppy with that wonderful and clever blue background (I would never have thought of doing that), the soft grey leaves create a lovely balance that doesn’t distract from the poppy. Brilliant splatters too xx

  3. I adore the casual and airy look to your flowers and design for this month’s Red White and Blue.

  4. Beautiful card Ashwini. Love the big bold red bloom. The gray leaves look perfect with it and I love the white splatters. Great use of the colors.

  5. Love how you’ve framed this gorgeous flower and grey foliage Ashwini. Painting the frame to get the correct shade of blue was definitely worh it, it’s really pretty against the red poppy, Cathy x

  6. I loved this card and then I read that the blue frame is in fact watercolored! Totally impressed with that and am going to have to try this the next time I am missing the perfect shade of cardstock. Thanks for the constant support and inspiration. I appreciate you!

  7. This i so gorgeous, Ashwini! Your watercolouring and spatters give the flower and leaves so much beautiful texture. I love how you created your frame with the blue ink – the perfect way to get the exact colour you want. Thanks for having me as the Surprise Party Guest this week! πŸ™‚

  8. What a beautiful take on the Topping, Ashwini! The big, bold red flower and the bright cobalt blue frame are creating such a classy feel ! Gorgeous!

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