We are mid-way on the Anniversary challenge and I have a fun inspiration for you today!
Early 2020, my husband and I were making plans to celebrate our 15th year wedding anniversary by going back to the place where we spent our honeymoon – the island of Bali. The plan was to spend at least two nights in a villa with a private pool and a butler service. It was a bit of a splurge but we wanted that once in a lifetime experience to celebrate the occasion. Then, of course, the rest of the nights, we would check into a more reasonably priced hotel. At least that was the plan but as it turned out, life had other things in store for us.
One of the things Bali is known for are the beautiful paintings of tropical foliage and wildlife found on the island. We bought one of these paintings while on our honeymoon and now it hangs in our room. This card is very much inspired by that painting.
For the background, I used the Jungle Bold Prints cling stamp, white heat embossed it on watercolor paper. Using Karin brush markers, I scribbled on the the pigment on the images concentrating on the inside areas.
Then I took a spray bottle filled with water mixed with perfect pearls and sprayed the panel generously. I used a paintbrush to move the pigment around a little but mostly left it alone to dry. This is my go-to technique for coloring background images in the quickest way possible!
While the background panel was drying, I stamped all the images from the Tropical Flowers stamp set with Intens-ified black Ink onto Bristol smooth cardstock and colored the images in with Zig Clean Color Brush markers and then fussy cut them out.
I cut down the background panel to 4″X5.25″ and then glued it on a 4.25″X5.5″ Hero Hues Meadow cardstock mat. I arranged the flower and leaves cluster from the Tropical Flowers stamp set on the left side on the panel using foam tape on some of the flowers at the front of the arrangement. But before I did that, I added two “wood” strips to anchor the images down. Those strips were cut from real wood veneer paper from the My Monthly Hero April 2020 kit using the Wood Frame Infinity die set.
I added the sentiment “You Make my World Happy” from the same stamp set. I plan to give this to my husband on our anniversary, to let him know that although we were not able to go on our dream anniversary vacation last year, that wherever we are, will always be my happy place.
I hope this project inspired you! See you at the gallery!
Take care and stay safe!