Wednesday, January 13, 2016

White Coral Bells

I found a die recently at Ellen Hutson on clearance and the instant I saw it, I knew I had to have it.  There's a lullaby in my family that goes something like this:  

White coral bells
Upon a slender stalk
Lily of the Valley
Decks my garden walk

Oh don't you wish
That you might hear them ring
That can happen only
When the Fairies sing

My daughter and now my grandsons have had this lullaby sung to them from their earliest memories.

I found the painted image on the Internet and in my mind, that is pretty much the color scheme I always see.  I had finished inking my background before I ever went looking for a picture and finding this one just solidified the colors in my mind.    

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week is Ombre which is a French word meaning color with a shaded tonal value such as light to dark or dark to light.  I happen to love Ombre although I don't think I do it in a very traditional way since I usually choose to use two colors. 

For this card, I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool with Wild Wasabi and Baja Breeze Ink Pads working from the outside in to keep it really smooth.  I cut the Lily from white card stock so that I could do selective ink blending on it. I simply covered the flowers with my finger to color the leaves.  I was being too lazy to cut a mask when my finger was right there, *Ü.* Lily of the Valley usually come with a big cluster of leaves so I also cut a couple of the Memory Box Slender Leaves (retired) out of the dark green scraps from yesterday's project.  Once I had the background panel inked up I stamped the greeting with Versamark and heat set it using WOW! Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder

To assemble the card, I cut the background panel with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and began arranging my few elements how I wanted them on that panel.  Once I had everything placed how I wanted it, I lifted each one carefully to put some dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte on the back and repositioned them. With only 4 small elements it didn't take too long. I adhered that panel to a white top folding note card using Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive.  

This card is for my daughter and she will be pretty tickled when she gets it. In the meantime, I hear my watercolors calling my name!  Have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by.  It means the world to me.


  1. Lilies of the Valley are one of my favorites as well! What a lovely card!!

  2. hello Vicki! what a gorgeous card, so pretty, luv the background! So glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  3. Wow, I love how you have used your greens here, totally eye catching design. Love it


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