Can you believe that we are already into the third month of this year?
The months are just flying by and the fact that we are ready for the first dare of the month it means that the The Daring Cardmakers are bringing us the third in their series of Birthstone challenges.
The birthday stone for March is traditionally the Aquamarine and I can remember going to the Natural History museum in London when I was at school and looking in amazement all the lovely sparkles that nature provides for us. Mind you, that was a lot of years ago now and most the stuff I learned back then has long left me.
The internet is great thought and a quick ‘Google’ brings up all sorts of interesting facts about the stone……things like
The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words "aqua marina" which means "sea water"
Because of its link to water the gemstone is often used as a charm by sailors for protection while at sea.
The largest ever stone was found during 1910 in Brazil. It weighed in at 243 pounds (that’s enormous) and was then cut into smaller stones which yielded over 200,000 carats.
It also says that the Aquamarine comes in a wide range of natural blue colours and shades from blue and blue-green, through to sea-green, so it gave me lots of scope when I came to make my card.
This time I got very messy with the old Acrylic paints and had a go at making a Grungepaper Rose.
There was a lot of ‘waiting’ time involved it making this.
Stamp the three flowers and cut them out.
Paint the backs pale Green and let it dry.
Turn it over, paint the fronts Aqua and let them dry.
Stamp the spots.
Cut, shape and stick the layers and wait for the glue to dry.
I got there in the end though.
I finished of the flower with some paper punched leaves and some crystals and beads dangly bits that I’ve threaded onto wire.
For down in the bottom corner of the card I made three paper roses which I’ve again arranged with paper punched leaved and wired beads.
Finally the whole thing was given a liberal coating of my newest favourite thing………Rock Candy Distress Stickles………soooooooo lush!
Square Card Blank – Craft Creations (Embossed Hammer)
Patterned Papers – Basic Grey (Wisteria)
Inks – Ranger Distress Ink (Weathered Wood) Adirondack (Denim)
Acrylic Paint – Ranger Adirondack Dabbers (Aqua & Juniper)
Rubber Stamps – The Artistic Stamper (Flowers & Spots)
Dies – Cuttlebug Nestabilities (Large Deckled Rectangle)
Embossing Plate – Fiskars
Paper Punch – Martha Stewart (Frond) Fiskars (Ribbon Slits Border punch)
Glitter Glue – Ranger Distress Stickles (Rock candy)
Plain Paper (Navy)