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AECP Level 2 Color Your Day

Hi crafty friends! I am excited to share my submission for the AECP Level 2 Color Your Day class. This was a super fun class and I learned a lot. Therese's very first lesson was the one that struck me the most. I have really been trying to challenge myself to move outside of my comfort zone...and this class did it! I very rarely use black backgrounds, but the card that Therese made with the blue flowers on the black background just looked so beautiful I had to try it.

One of the most useful tips was to stick to only a few colors. So I used only 4; one for the flower color, 2 for the leaves, and one for the center of the flowers. This made it so much easier! I started with a piece of Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I stamped a few flowers from the Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet stamp set with VersaFine black ink. I did the same with the leaves from this set as well.

I colored the leaves with Tombow markers (see complete list below under supplies) and then used water on top of them to achieve the watercolor look. I really love how this purple turned out! I colored the leaves and the the flower centers in the same manner.

After this, I took a black piece of 110 lb. cardstock and cut it slightly smaller than my A2 card base. I adhered this to the card panel. Once my flowers and leaves were all dry, I die cut them with the coordinating Hibiscus Bouquet die set from Altenew.

I used different types of foam adhesives with different thicknesses to adhere the flowers so that I could achieve an even more layered look. I glued the leaves with Lawn Fawn tube glue.

For the sentiment, I stamped "You're the best" from the Fairy Tale Florals stamp set in black VersaFine ink and cut it down to the size I wanted. I adhered it to the cardstock base and voila! Card finished!

One of the key take aways from this lesson was to keep it simple. Sometimes I have a difficult time doing that. But I fought it this time, and I am really happy with the results! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet stamp and die set

Altenew Fairy Tale Florals stamp set

white 110 lb. cardstock from Recollections

black 110 lb. cardstock from Recollections

VersaFine ink in black onyx

Tombow water based markers: 665, 177, 277, and 946

Foam adhesive squares from Hobby Lobby

Scotch foam adhesive

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