The Wavy Roses stamp set is going to be an ongoing favorite of mine, I know it already! I love that it has multiple arrangements as well as the ability to create your own arrangement with individual components.
For the 1st card, I stamped the images along the left-hand side of a watercolor card panel and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. For three of my four cards today I used the Watercolor 36 Pan Set from Altenew. I wanted to achieve a light and delicate look for these florals, so I used lots of water and just a little paint, blending pinks and reds with yellow and orange and allowing each flower to blend organically with very little suggestion from me.
For the leaves, I mixed the colors Bamboo and Emerald and got some very beautiful and interesting blends! This card is very simple. Once the watercolor painting dried, I stamped the sentiment (from the Wavy Roses stamp set) and heat embossed with more gold embossing powder, then trimmed the four edges by 1/8″ and wrapped some gold thread around the card panel three times before tying a knot. Then I added some coordinating enamel dots to complete the card.
The second card is made using the floral images that were stamped on watercolor paper, heat embossed with white embossing powder and die cut with the matching dies. I used the same colors of watercolor paint to paint these flowers.
To assemble the card, I paired the painted and die cut flower images with some pastel yellow checked patterned paper trimmed slightly smaller than A2 size, and adhered to an off-white card base. Then I adhered the two watercolor-painted frames using liquid adhesive and positioned the floral die-cut over the top of the frames. I added just 3 enamel dots to complete this card without taking away from it’s soft, pale colors.
I die cut with the Floral Heart Frame Die in the center of an off-white card panel but didn’t remove any of the design pieces. Carefully turning the card panel over onto its face so that none of the pieces could fall out and get lost, I covered the backside with strong double-sided adhesive; one, to keep all the pieces in place, and two, to be able to adhere the card panel to the card base.
Because I’d stamped and embossed with black outlines on the floral shapes on this card, I repeated that with black outline stamping and no heat embossing for the sentiment – also from the Wavy Roses stamp set. Then 3 small enamel dots to match and complete the card.
Finally, for the last card, I tried some different techniques, and this time I stamped the floral shapes onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, a paper with a surface finish that allows some watercoloring! Along with the stamps and dies for this set, I got to use the coordinating mask stencil. I haven’t used these before now, thinking that it’s easy enough to stamp on masking paper and hand-cut to achieve the same thing. Well, I have to say… The coordinating masks and stencils are a HUGE time saver and work so well that I am a wholehearted convert!
Next, I used Altenew’s Watercolor Brush Markers in similar shades as I’d used for painting on the cards above, to color this floral image. The smooth paper allowed me to brush on a little color (these markers are very brightly pigmented so a little goes a long way), then use a water brush to spread and blend the colors together. Once dry, I die cut the image from the cardstock, and then a second layer from colored fun foam to pop up the image.
I die cut some patterned paper from my stash to adhere to a card base to coordinate with my stamped and colored image. I used another of the lovely sentiments from the Wavy Roses Stamp Set to stamp directly onto the cardstock.
Finally, I adhered all the layers together to assemble the card and added a few matching enamel dots. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, always with the enamel dots, but I just love the way they so completely finish a card!
That’s it from me for today! Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!