Normally there would have been a Control Freaks tour today, but life got in the way for too many of us, so the hop was canceled. *Sniff* HOWEVER, I know there are some exciting things in the works, so be sure to check us out over the next few months!
Since I had my project done, I figured I'd share it anyway. I hadn't had a chance to play with the Flowering Desert photopolymer stamp set, so I thought now would be a great time. Because the southwest got SO MUCH RAIN recently, it has produced what is called a super bloom, meaning the wild flowers and cacti are going absolutely bonkers with blooms! It really is spectacular; I witnessed it several times when I lived in SoCal. Absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Since today is the also first day of Spring (hooray!) this card is even more appropriate. I used sponge daubers to add ink to the Marbled background stamp to create the effect of a gorgeous desert sunrise or sunset.
The saguaro cactus, prickly pear cactus, and agave were all stamped and fussy cut so the background would show through. The saguaro and agave were glued in place, but the prickly pear was popped up on dimensionals. You can't see it, but the blooms have some Clear Wink of Stella on them, too.
Image panel: Whisper White 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
Mat: Basic Black 3-5/8" x 4-7/8"
Second mat: Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
Card base: Old Olive 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
Marbled background: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Rich Razzleberry
Saguaro: Mossy Meadow
Prickly Pear: Pear Pizzazz with Flirty Flaming blossoms
Agave: Tranquil Tide with Soft Suede bloom spikes