I’ll be honest with, I had no idea what to do with this set (I have seen a million amazing samples done by our design team and I didn’t want to duplicate them) until I read the product description and realized that those were Japanese Peonies. I than did what I usually do, which is went to Pinterest and looked them up. And than, than the magic happened, I got inspired and rushed to my craft room to create.
And here is what I came up with:
I started working on this project by heat embossing a few peonies and leaves onto white cardstock in white embossing powder. I wanted to watercolor these using Faber Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils, but I didn’t want to use watercolor paper as it usually has texture and its really hard to perfectly heat emboss an image with thin outlines like these are. So I didn’t use watercolor paper but went with regular white cardstock. I was still able to watercolor my images and ended up having pretty good results.
I used a pink color and 2 aqua colors for my coloring. I originally wanted to have green, but I didn’t have a green pencil in my stash, so I went with aqua instead, I think it was a nice substitution.
I clustered the stamped and die cut flowers and leaves behind a beautiful gold trim from Altenew and finished my card with a heat embossed sentiment from the Sentiments & Quotes set. I also added some drops of pink and gold ink onto my card base to create some movement and interest for this project.
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I also created a second version of this card, a simpler and a cleaner one. I didn’t use as many elements for this one and skipped the pink drops of ink but added some gold instead. I wonder which card you like best? Comment below!