Good morning! I am so excited to be a stop on Ruby’s crafting anniversary blog hop! Back in 2015 I had been posting my cards online for a few months but hadn’t really met anyone. I’d post photos of my cards on Facebook and the only comments would be from my family and students. Ha. Then in late February I joined a design team with Ruby and a few days after joining I got this message on Facebook:
…and yes I scrolled back through hundreds of thousands (literally) of Facebook messages to find this one…we won’t discuss how long that took. Ha.
That one message in 2015 sparked my very first crafty friendship; and three and a half years later, we’ve had our ups and downs (as all friendships do), but we’re still chatting almost daily (mostly in gifs…ha) about life, crafting, food, pets, and shopping! 😉 We only met for the first time in person last January at Creativation but it feels like we’ve known each other FOREVER. 🙂
When Ruby invited me to join her anniversary hop I knew I wanted to make a card that included elements that remind me of Ruby: watercolor, gold, splatter, and a white embossed black label sentiment…plus one thing that is a bit of a trademark in my own crafting: sparkle!! 😉
I’ve shared a video using this technique awhile ago and it’s inspired by another crafty friend, Kelly Latevola! To start I smooshed candied apple, picked raspberry, mustard seed, and abandoned coral distress inks onto a piece of acetate and used my finger to blend the inks together to get rid of any harsh lines. Then I turned the acetate over and smooshed it on a piece of watercolor paper. I let it dry and then stamped the floral arrangement from Simon Says Stamp’s Strangeness with barely beige no-line ink using my MISTI. I left the stamp inside my MISTI so I could restamp later.
Next I took copic markers and added shading to the inside of each flower. I left the leaves alone for a little contrast. Once I was done coloring I placed the watercolor paper back in my MISTI, restamped the floral arrangement using versamark, and heat-embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder. Then I masked the arrangement and splattered it with gold metallic paint. Once that dried I trimmed the watercolor panel down and adhered it to a black card base. I stamped the sentiment from Altenew’s Hello Sunshine onto black cardstock and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I trimmed it down to a label and adhered it to the card with foam mounting tape. I added a little sparkle to the red flowers with spectrum noir clear sparkle and then added a few red jewels to finish the card!
Congrats on four years, Ruby, and here’s to the next forty! 😉
To celebrate Ruby’s crafty anniversary there’s a horde of sponsors and amazing crafty prizes! For a full list of prizes, visit Ruby’s blog and don’t forget to hop along on all the day one stops! You should have arrived from The Stamp Market blog and my friend Nina-Marie is your next stop! Thanks so much for visiting and happy hopping!!
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Wow! Bold and beautiful!
Amy McCue says
This card is gorgeous!
Michele F says
Jessica, I’ve never seen this gorgeous gold tinsel embossing powder! What a magnificent card you’ve made in Ruby’s honor! It’s amazing what a little ‘smooshing’ will do! xx
Tara Prince says
Such an amazing card! So pretty!!
Kelly Parker Designs says
This card is gorgeous! loved reading your story too.
Mona Toth says
So amazing card Jessica! And those words about the messenger! I kow this feeling Crafty friends are the best and it was soo good to read!
Jessica, I loved reading about how you met Rubeena!! You are super talented, all of your creations are beautiful!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Raga Senthil says
Ohh I’m drooling over this technique. So bold and beautiful. Thanks for sharing this technique. Enjoyed watching your video link. Will sure give it a try. 😍😍😍
Wendy Lambert says
I love the gold embossing with the red, it just looks so regal! Beautiful card!
Elaine Dunton says
Wow what an amazing card, I love the gold and red it looks so pretty together.
Gorgeous card! I wish my ‘smooching’ looked that good!
Sharon O says
Beautiful, simple, sparkly card with luscious colors! Perfect for Ruby’s wonderful 4th anniversary.
Just stunning and magical, too! And what a sweet comment from Ruby – one of
those things you never forget about someone; so special. 🙂
This is really quite impressive!
Heidi Rees says
Wow, beautiful card! I LOVE the gold embossing! How wonderful that your friendship continues! What a treasure a friend is!
Rubeena I. says
OMG. I can’t believe you posted that message. Or that you searched back through our messages for it. I know how much we’ve chatted! LOL! Thank you so much for being part of my celebration — it wouldn’t be one without you because you’ve been a huge inspiration and support system for me. We have seen and been through it all. I am proud of how far you’ve come and still very much value your input. I am thankful for your continued support through my many changes. I know how sad you were when I took a long break, but I’m here now!! I can’t wait to see you again at Creativation. Love you!!! And oh yeah, your card is STUNNER! Phew!! So you + me. 😀
Gorgeous!! Both your card, and both you gals!
Linda Miles says
Gorgeous card! Love the gold sparkle against those beautiful distress ink colors!
Nandini Karmarkar says
Very beautiful card. Love the combo of bold colours and the gold sparkle.
Nurse Ratchet says
Gorgeous colours! so yummy!
Susan Romito says
So gorgeous and elegant!! I’m definitely going to have to try this smoosh technique!!
Denise Bryant says
Absolutely beautiful! Love the gorgeous floral design and the colors you used! Thanks for celebrating Rubeena’s crafting anniversary on this awesome hop!
What a wonderful friendship, and lovely card!
Kim Salito says
Oooh! Ahhh! Wow its fabulous. So bold and beautiful. Love it, thanks for sharing
Love your beautiful card!