Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blue Poinsettias - And No Stamping

I finally gave in. I made a card with digital downloads and absolutely no stamping. Eeek! I never thought I would do such a thing, but when I saw some cards on Donna's blog made with these lovely poinsettias I had to try them too. I decided that Janet's sketch challenge on the PaperCrafts forum on the Creating Keepsakes Web site was a great time to try these out.

The poinsettia and the blue pattern paper are from Fred She Said. The package included the blue poinsettias, as well as traditional red. It also included several background papers and sentiments. While I have used digital stamps before, this is the first time I have used a download that was already colored.

To add a little more dimension to the poinsettia, I tried a trick that I learned from my blog buddy Emily. I covered the flowers with VersaMark and heat embossed them in clear. I think it really adds a little extra pop to the image. I'm definitely going to be using that little trick more in the future. Thanks Emily!

I added some tiny silver glass marbles to the center of the flower. The flourises are a metallic silver paper cut with my new Quikutz Flourishes die. I added rhinestones to the swirls. The sentiment is a Making Memories rub-on that I had in my stash. The scalloped borders were cut with two different Fiskars border punches and I ran the background piece through my Big Kick with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.

I enjoyed using the digital images and paper for this card. Now that I've finally tried it, I think I'll be using more digital downloads in the future.