Mornin’, y’all – welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop. We had a sketch to play with this week and it’ll be interesting to see what everyone comes up with! I hope you’ll take a minute to browse all the projects brought to you by the ladies-who-hop!
Here’s the sketch…
I recently got the Bunch of Blossoms bundle – with the stamp set and the Blossom Builder punch – and I wanted to give it a go. And, I saw a fun technique over on Splitcoaststampers, called Watercolor Lifting. So – I figured I’d combine my new bundle and a new (to me!) technique. Take a look-see:
The center panel of my card uses the Watercolor Lifting – just go to Splitcoaststampers.com and check out the Wednesday Tutorial for 3 Aug!
I started out with a piece of Canson 90lb cold-press watercolor paper – and I scored a line down the long side, 3/4″ from each edge.
Then I used sticky note tape and masked those edges off (it also served to secure my paper).
To make the background, I used 4 Stampin’ Write Markers – from the top down: Dapper Denim, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz and Emerald Envy. I just colored the paper in – pretty solidly – using each color for about a 1/4 of the paper. Then, per the tutorial – I used an Aqua Painter to brush out all the lines created by my markers.
I dried the paper with my Heat Tool and lightly rubbed the panel with my Embossing Buddy. Then I stamped the flower and stem images from Bunch of Blossoms randomly about the panel. I sprinkled it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up. Once it cooled, I went back with the Aqua Painter and got the panel wet. I laid a paper towel straight down on the panel and picked it up to suck up the bulk of the water. When it dried – I had dark flowers and a light background! Cool! 🙂
I lifted up the tape and used my Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy Markers – and a ruler! – and drew a solid line across each of my score marks. I think the line acts sort of like a mat.
The flowers in the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set are 3-step images. For my large flower, I made 6 large petals. I stamped the fill-in image in Pink Pirouette, added the second image in Pink Pirouette and then stamped the outline in Basic Gray Archival ink. Then I punched them all out with the coordinating Blossom Builder Punch and used my stylus on the back of each petal. To build the flower, I punched a 1″ Circle of Very Vanilla and then adhered the petals to that with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
The other two “flowers” aren’t flowers at all. They’re individual petals glued directly to the card front. These are the large and small petals in Bunch of Blossoms, stamped in Pink Pirouette and Basic Gray Archival ink on Vellum Card stock and punched out. I also gave these a little depth with my stylus. And – just cuz I could – I brushed all the petals with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for a little shine!
For my sentiment, which is also from Bunch of Blossoms, I stamped the image in Basic Black Archival Ink on a strip of Vellum and snipped the ends into a banner. I ran my Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the banner and then adhered it to the card front with some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue – just on the end I knew would be covered up!
I started adhering Vellum petals – the small petals are up top and the larger on the bottom. Then I took a bunch of lengths of Gold Metallic Thread and laid them out across the card front in a starburst pattern – adhering them with Liquid Glue in the center (right under where the larger flower would go). I popped the big flower on with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added the center with some Liquid Glue – it’s cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the Blossom Builder Punch. The very center is a Dapper Denim Enamel Shape – I used some Liquid Glue to help it adhere to the Glimmer Paper.
I added a second Glimmer Paper flower with a little more Liquid Glue, SNAILd the panel to a Pink Pirouette mat and the card front was done.
On the inside, I used another strip of my watercolor paper that I’d colored just like the card front, SNAILd on some Pink Pirouette. I added it to a Very Vanilla panel and then SNAILd the whole thing on Pink Pirouette.
I SNAILd it into my Dapper Denim card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done!
I added more Bunch of Blossoms flowers – in Pink Pirouette and Dapper Denim – to the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope…
…and one more on the back for good measure!
Et Voila! It seems like I should get tired of flower stamps and punches and framelits, but…it doesn’t seem to happen! I think this is a great set – the flowers look very painterly – and there are several very nice sentiments along with the flower images, which makes it a useful set, indeed. Hope you like!
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Very cool technique Mary! Love the way that your background turned out. I need to give that a try! Great colors and design. 🙂