I belong to a really fun group (Stamp Girls Gone Wild) or SGGW and we've been doing some Mystery Image swaps lately. The way it works is one person (the Hostess) picks an image and stamps several of them and then sends them out to those who sign up to create a card with. We are each assigned a partner and send the card we made to that person. Then a file is created that we all post our cards in so we can see how each person used the Mystery Image. It's really FUN and you get a lot of inspiration by seeing how different and unique each persons take on the image turns out.
This round was Janet Rains turn to chose the image and she picked this floral image by Impression Obsession to send out. It's really very pretty but I must admit when I first saw it I wasn't sure how I was going to use it to create my card.
I decided to make my card larger then the standard 41/4"x51/2" size so my card measured 51/4"by51/4" .
I took my color inspiration from a piece of designer paper (Adorned - Fancy Pants designs).
I really liked the striped pattern. My first attempt was to stamp the En Francais background stamp by SU behind the flowers by masking it but I didn't like the way it turned out so I went with plan B and stamped the background instead on the reverse side of my designer paper. I used Chocolate Chip Ink to stamp the background. I really liked how that looked.
My card base is So Saffron which I distressed the edges with Saffron Ink. Then I layered a piece of Rust colored textured card stock (Bazzill) and added my stamped designer layer. Then I added the striped piece on the side along with another small strip of the rust card stock and a crimped piece of So Saffron.
My image was colored with Prisma Colored Pencils and blended with Gamsol. I cut out the larger flower and leaves and layered them with foam mounting tape. The centers of the flowers were highlighted with a clear Spica Glitter pen for a little shimmer. I'm not sure it shows up in the photo but looks pretty in real life. I mounted the flower image on Chocolate Chip card stock that I rounded using a corner rounder.
I added a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware and some Saffron ribbon and added 3 Dew Drops to complete my card.
Can't wait to see what our next Mystery Image will be.