I decided to use a slightly cream coloured base and then added two mattes. The first is a very narrow Daffodil Delight followed by a wood patterned paper. On top of that, I added a lovely retired piece of Designer paper which has a Heat Embossed finish to it. Not only does that add interest and weight but it also has a wonderful shine to it, almost like mosaic tiles.
I cut the pieces for the Coneflowers from Watercolour Paper. When I first cut the pieces, I intended to check on the internet to see the possible colours. To my surprise there were many from which to choose. I think I changed my mind half a dozen times and then, finally, decided on yellow. Watercolouring them allowed me the opportunity to add shading, which I prefer to simply using a yellow cardstock. Of course, seeing the close-ups of the cones showed me that there was more of a pattern and more colours to them than I had anticipated. For the additional dots of red, I used a paint brush to add some pearlized Nuvo Drops.
As you can see from this picture, I created an easel card. I added an outline of the same patterned paper to the inside as well as a little die-cut bee. Not only is the bee perfect for the flowers, it provided that very important little "stopper" for the card, forcing it to stay put in the easel position.
I love the way the card turned out and hope you do, too. Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, July 6th.
I've also added my card to the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #123 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #460 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations July Challenge #411 - Anything Goes