Well, I was thrilled to find that I'd won the last Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge with my Capture Joy ATC! How fabulous - my first challenge win :-). The latest challenge is entitled "Lilacs or Daffodils". I know I didn't have anything daffodil related, but I didn't know what a lilac looked like. With the help of a Google image search I discovered that they are really sweet, four-petalled flowers usually in pinks and (surprise, surprise) lilac, with the occasional blue and white. And as luck would have it, I had a lilac-esque four-petalled die as part of the Sizzix Flower Vases Thinlits set.
To start with I coloured white card with watercolour pencils in rows of graduating colour and then spritzed and blended the colours a bit with a paintbrush. Then I applied a layer of white gesso over the top to mute the colours a little, but I also like the distressed look that it gives. After than I stamped butterflies randomly over the ATC in light blue ink. I love script in backgrounds, but as I didn't have a stamp I simply wrote over the whole surface with a white gel pen for a really subtle effect. (For those of you interested I have written down part of the poem "Lilacs" by Verna Sheard.)
Then I cut out lots of flowers with my flower die from pink and blue paper, and a vase from gold mirror card, which I then embossed. I also cut some leaves from green mirror card. They are not lilac leaves, but I think that I am allowed some artistic licence. I also added shading and highlights to the flowers and then stuck everything down in a pleasing arrangement.