Over the Top Magnolia

I actually started this card recipe last night with the intentions of posting this card.  Well, obviously didn't work.  The details in this card are almost overwhelming, so was creating the card recipe.  I participated in several card swaps, and one category was Over The Top.  That means embellishments, ribbon, bling, and anything of that sort.  

This card stressed me out and actually took me 3 days to complete.  I was SO VERY THANKFUL that I only had to make 3 of these. I was so over this card, I didn't even make one for myself.  

Here it is:

And the photo doesn't do it justice.  

I stamped and embossed on vellum.  That's a new one for me.  Then the flowers are colored with Blueberry Bushel and Bermuda Bay.  The leaves are Mint Macaron and Granny Apple Green.  I was surprised myself by how they looked together, expecially the two different greens.


Also, I've never used Blender Pens on vellum.  You get a little bit more play time with the inks than just on Whisper White, but not much.  To my surprise, it did dry rather quickly. I suggest coloring one petal/leaf at a time.  The colors will blend better that way.

The large magnolia flower is actually stamped and embossed twice.  For one of them, I cut out the petals around the flower center and used dimensionals to adhere it right over the top of the other one.  I should have taken a picture so you could see the layers on this card.  Sorry about that one. 

I have never used this many dimensionals a single card like I did this one.  Almost everything is adhered with dimensionals of some kind.  Just make sure to place the dimensionals in areas that have a lot of embossing so you can't see them through the vellum.  The other glue used was the Fine Tip Glue.  Be very sparingly with it and again, stick to the dark colored/embossed areas so you can't see it.  

Now, every Over the Top card needs some pearls.  I added them in three areas of the card.  The top of the magnolia, right side of the magnolia, and in the bottom ^ of the magnolia.  There are 15 pearls on each card made.  Now I only have 2 sheets of pearls open, not three!  It's a pet peeve of mine having multiples of items opened and partly used. 

I do absolutely love how this one turned out.  My taste is definately leans more towards the clean and simple so this card definately put me out of my comfort zone.  And that is a good thing.  

One thing is for sure, I will definately be coloring more on vellum.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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