Friday, March 26, 2021

All Occasion Card | Alphabet Challenge "Z" is for Zoology | Graciellie Design - "Hope & Strength"


We've made it all the way to "Z" once again over on the Alphabet Challenge and this time it's for "Zoology - The Study of Animals" and we would love to see your animal projects! I chose to use this beautiful dragonfly from Graciellie Design's digital stamp set "Hope & Strength".

I began by printing, watercoloring and fussy cutting the dragonfly image. I used some pearlized painted to really make the wings shimmer! I printed the sentiment and die cut it with a fishtail banner die.

I used a mix of smooshing, stenciling and stamping techniques with Distress Oxides to create the background panel on watercolor paper. I stamped some small scientific script and insect imagery on top with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink. The whole panel was spattered with pearl paint and set aside to dry in a heavy book. Once dry, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and glued it to an A2 black card base. I tore a piece of an old dictionary page, added a bit of ink and cut it with the same die. I glued this piece directly to the watercolor background and adhered the sentiment in place.

I gently folded the dragonfly's wings up and attached it with Scor-Tape just behind the narrow body. This allowed the wings to stay up off the card with no additional foam tape underneath. I added just a few clear droplets and centered one over the word "live", magnifying it from the rest of the text. I haven't created a background like this for a while and was happy with the result! You never know how it's going to turn out!

We can't wait to see your "Zoology" projects over at the Alphabet Challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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  1. WOW, this is amazing, what a stunning creation, I love the colours you have gone for with it, hope all is well, Hazel xx

  2. WOW Rachelle, this is stunning!! I love the colors and that beautiful dragonfly, awesome text details too! Take care and enjoy your weekend!
    Hugs, Tammy

  3. Oh, Rachelle, this is lovely! Your watercoloring is gorgeous, too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Oh, Rachelle, this is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining our Pearly Sparkles "digi" challenge.
    Larelyn (DT member)

  5. I feel that all my comments on you blog contain the word Wow. But just look at it. What else is there to say. Wow. I am in awe of your talent. Love Dawn x

  6. This is so beautiful Rachelle with it's torn papers and blissful colour choice of your Dragonfly. I adore how you used the glass cabochon to highlight the word LIVE.. Stunning. Thank you for sharing this marvellous make with us @ Creative Artiste.
    Best wishes in the challenge Tracey (DT)

  7. A gorgeous card. Wonderful background and beautiful dragonfly.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore March Challenge “Anything Goes” x