First, the card... I used my most recently purchased digital set -- "Feathered Friends" from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I saw it debuted and had to have it. Two cards on Diane's blog sold it to me -- here and here. Diane used the rubber stamp set, but the nice thing about Sparkle N Sprinkle is that all their new releases are available in digi format, as well. You know I love my digis.
The leafy border along the bottom of the card is from one of my new Mintay pads -- Springtime. Uh, oh... while I was at Frantic Stamper making the link I saw more Mintay for pre-order, and one of them is Christmas! Yes, I ordered three more pads. Some things can't be resisted.
The wood grain is from a whole other line of paper -- Ms. Sparkle & Co -- found at Joann Fabrics. The boards are rather wide, but I learned a trick from Pam Sparks here. Pam drew extra lines on her wood grain paper so the planks wouldn't be so wide. Below you can see the before and after of my paper. I used the narrow tip of a Tombow marker which was the perfect width and color match.
The next trick is one I've mentioned many times before. I settled the ribbon knot into a punched hole with a little Aleene's Tacky Glue to help keep it in place. In the photo below you can see the knot on the underside of the popped up panel. This only works when the panel is popped up. If that knot was on the front surface it would be a pronounced bump that could cause damage to the card during machine handling at the Post Office. If you want to use pretty ribbon bows, but don't want to mail in a bubble envelope or box, this is a slick trick.
A little closer... The sheer ribbon lets the image show through, and the lighter shade of pink does not compete with the flower color (at least that's my thought process). Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders.
Super easy coloring with the Copics pictured below. The grays and Colorless Blender were for the smudgy outer shading.
Many thanks to all the crafters who inspire me with great ideas and not-to-be-resisted products (even though I'm trying to minimize shopping). Hey, if I use it... it's worth it. I'm becoming wiser about my purchases.
Well, that's it, friends! Have a wonderful weekend doing whatever makes you happy!