Monday, April 15, 2019

Ranunculus on Faux Weathered Wood

Hi there!  I've had a little bit of a stamping dry spell, which is completely opposite of the weather we've been having.  Perfect stamping weather, but I've been doing everything else instead.  Ah, well, it has to be done sometime.  When I did sit down to stamp I ended up with something completely different than my original idea.  Well... here's the card:




Power Poppy's Ranunculus digital stamp printed on Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White card stock, colored with Prismacolor pencils.

It was meant to be a white card with the coloring very light and delicate as a muted background for the sentiment.  I printed the flowers so faintly that I could barely see where I was going, so I probably made up some of it, but in the end it's fine.  Certainly no line showing.  At some point I decided to turn it into faux wood.

Scored every half inch then colored with pencils to make it resemble weathered wood.  You think?  One step further... coated the colored panel with Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  Just a thin coat and it added a nice bit of crackle to it.




After all that I didn't want to cover it up, so I did minimal framing of the sentiment -- Spellbinders Elegant Ovals and Classic Ovals.  Decorative, but minimal.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy's In Praise of Sunflowers clear stamp set.  Tiny punched flowers with die cut leaves and pearl centers for window dressing.  You can probably see that the frame is a shimmery silver.  I used brads, too!

One last picture because I just love that crackly finish:




It's frilly and feminine and it's going to be mailed for a May birthday.

I'll be back on Wednesday for Double D.  I'm currently stamping ahead for next month's DT posts, but I'll probably manage a few additional things in the meantime.  See you Wednesday, I hope!  Have a happy day!


19 comments:

Joan B said...

so surprised to see that you hand made that background. wow it is gorgeous!! I love reading your blog. every card is full of details and yet they always look cohesive

Glenda said...

This is totally gorgeous my friend! The sweet pink flowers are glorious and that crackle background is amazing!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Leslie! I love this very unique design! Your use of medium, textures and beauty is superb! While your glorious flowers are unspeakably amazing, it is your sentiment, and the way you've positioned it, that really grabs my heart! So lovely!
hugs,
de

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very gorgeous in every way. I love the pretty colors and flowers and that shimmery frame is perfect with it.

Yogi said...

very pretty. Nice die cut. Have a great day

nancy littrell said...

TFS all the details of each step, Leslie. I thought you had used woodgrain DSP and stamped and colored your flowers...Wrong! Your faux woodgrain with the awesome crackle paste pencil coloring turned out perfect! Love how you did not cover up, but enhanced your background with the pretty frame. Oh my, brads and pearl embellishments too:-) TFS the close ups of your crackle paste on your digital flowers and background too. Love every single detail and your girlfriend will too. Hugs..Nancy

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely stunning card the background is amazing and the faux wood and crackle effect looks brilliant
Carol x

Pauline said...

Wow! That background is fabulous Leslie. I thought at first you had printed the ranunculus on wood grain paper (which by the way they look awesome!). I love the outcome of it and that crackle is perfect for this. I love the simplicity of how you finished the card as to keep the background in play, and you used brads too - my gosh I have so many of those I really do need to start using them. Overall stunning Leslie! Well I hope you get some better weather- the outdoor type days. We have rain everyday this week, and possibly a bit of snow mixed with rain tomorrow. I love when you colour, so happy to see your card today. Have a wonderful day!

Traci M said...

You are so good to share your process, Leslie. I can’t believe you did your own woodgrain background...it looks so real...and I’ love your layout, dainty flowers, and crackling paste too!! What a gorgeous May birthday card someone is going to receive! I’m sure Spring has sprung there and you’re busy so really appreciate your beautiful post today!

Darnell said...

I love a strong-willed card that just takes my ginfers where it wants to go! This is spectacular, Leslie! I love that you made your own wood and the additional of the thin spackle, I mean crackle, really adds a very subtle but HUGE wow factor! A gorgeous pink and gray card of love for someone!! Happy Easter! Hugs, Darnell

Mildred said...

You are amazing, Leslie. No matter what you color with, the result is perfect. Every time. Ummm I have a birthday coming up in May . . .

ChristineCreations said...

Leslie this is amazing! I love the woodgrain and the crackle, and the soft colouring on the ranunculus! So creative!

Christine Alexander said...

Leslie, what a beautiful faux board background and love all your flowers and that great sentiment:)

Darlene said...

WOW! I don't blame you for not wanting to cover up this GORGEOUS background and yes, the crackle is AMAZING! Absolutely beautiful! You are SO CREATIVE!!! LOVE IT!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow it may not have come out like you first intended but it is just beautiful!!! You can't tell that you couldn't see the lines your flowers are lovely and to come up with the idea to do the faux wood was fantastic it looks terrific and I do love the look that the crackle gave to it too. The framing was a perfect idea to not take away from your beautiful background but still showcase that pretty sentiment perfectly! Your tiny flowers with the sentiment tie in just lovely with your background, someone is going to have a special birthday this May :)

Cindy Beach said...

I love what you came up with for this card, and appreciate your explanation of the process. The weathered wood was a stroke of genius and you executed it so beautifully! I thought it was patterned paper. The distress crackle paint adds a fabulous touch. Must remember that idea! Beautiful as always, Leslie! I'm in a dry spell too. Wedding and my family reunion are over, now just waiting for the call that we are to go be with our sweet granddaughter while her sister is born! Life is precious each day.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

I'm so glad you didn't cover up the background - it is just gorgeous! You did such a beautiful job with it. I love the sentiment as well. I'm always looking out for different and great sentiments and this is one! As you know I love pink and grey combination as well! I'm sure the recipient will frame this card!

Diane said...

Stunning!! I am amazed when you do the wood grain technique as it is always, always so beautiful, then you go and add the crackle on top, geez girl, it just couldn't get any prettier!!

Stacy Morgan said...

Thud! Oh Leslie this is gorgeous. You printed it so lightly I agree but you did an amazing job coloring. These are simply gorgeous. Turned out fantastic.

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