I started by die cutting 4 of each die cut from Stamper's Select White Cardstock. I always cut and stamp extras in case of a goof. I wanted some pretty vibrant color so I decided to use my Brilliance Dew Drop Pigment Inks for most of the stamping. I did the first layer of leaves in Pearlescent Thyme and the second layer of leaves in Pearlescent Ivy. I allowed a few minutes between the stamping of each step. Although these inks are fast drying pigment inks, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't get any blending where I didn't want it. For the blooms, I started by using the Brilliance Pearlescent Coral (a fairly new shade in the Brilliance line up) on the most solid image. This color isn't yet being offered in a Dew Drop Ink Pad. It's okay as I have a few colors in the larger pads so I can keep it with those. For the other two layers of the bloom I used Papertrey Ink's Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy inks. Since the base layer was stamped with the pearlescent ink, it makes the dye inks shimmery as well.
While I set those aside to dry, I started thinking about what kind of background I wanted for my card. Grabbing a piece of watercolor paper, I put a drop of Berry Sorbet Re-inker on my round acrylic block and gave it a couple of drops of water. Then I flicked the water off the edge of my acrylic block using a #2 Silver Black Velvet Round Brush which makes a very fine splatter on your cardstock below. The smaller the brush, the finer the splatter. Because this is a somewhat messy process, I have a shallow box that I lay the panels into when I am doing this with a paper towel underneath. I used the same method with a slightly larger brush for the gold spatter. I like to have a bit of both sizes in the gold spatter for the added texture. There are a lot of ways to get texture in your background panel, from dry embossing to embossing paste to paint to watercolor, but I like this way because you can customize it to go with the inks you used to do your stamping and it is fast and easy.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll be back soon with a new card and I hope you'll come back as well!