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Cactus Love

Cactus Love

This is another card inspired by Pinterest.  And by inspired I mean heavily inspired, aka directly get the idea.

But I loved the sentiment and it game me a chance to practice my brush lettering skills.  Here is the original by Amanda Kammarada:


First I started by practicing the quote on a piece of computer paper with a pencil.  I also drew a 4"x 2" box on my paper so I would know how much space I would have on my card.  Once I was satisfied, I used my light box to trace the quote onto my card front with a pencil again.  Then, using a Tombow brush marker and a fine line marker, I inked over the quote and widened my down strokes.  (Unfortunately I don't have any photos of this.)

Once the quote was finished, I placed the cactus stamps from Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Cactus Set.  I didn't want the two short cacti beside each other, but I hadn't left enough room for the taller cacti, but by moving the images down I was able to make it work.

Using my Misti, I was able to place all four images in the positions I wanted them in.  I decided to use my Zig Real Brush markers to add color, but that required that I "season" my stamps with VersaMark ink.

I simply stamped each image with the VersaMark and then colored over it with my markers.  This kept the ink from pooling up on the image, and gave a cleaner stamp.  

I started with the tallest image as a test and then removed that stamp and I went back to stamp the other three images.  I applied ink to the stamps in various shades of green and brown 3 or 4 times to get complete coverage.  I alternated shades between stampings to get more depth on my images.  I really like the Zig markers for this reason.

Once the stamping was complete, I went back with my water brush to give the cacti a more water colored look.  For the two images in the center this meant simply brushing over them with water to ensure the colors moved and mixed together.  For the two outside images, I came back in with a marker in a different shade and applied color, and then carefully spread it out with the water brush.

I had to go back in with the Zig markers and add some of the prickly details back because they were lost while water coloring.  But I really liked the look of that better in the end.

Once the coloring was finished, I needed to ground my cacti.  I had this some cord from Recollections that I bought ages ago, but it turned out to be a ribbon rather than a single cord. 

Luckily, this was easy to cut in half down the center.  It was still too wide, so I cut it in half again which left me with the perfect width from my ground.

I carefully applied ATG adhesive along the back of the ribbon and glued it down along the bottom.  I then used my Tombow micro eraser to ensure I removed any additional adhesive.

To finish, I tied a bow using Martha's favorite bow technique and placed it over a smudge from the inks.  It's not in the best location, but it works.  I also added some Pretty Pink Posh rose gold sequins in 4mm and 8mm because I love them.  The entire panel was adhered to craft foam and then a side folding A2 sized card.

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