Good Morning! Today I have a pretty floral card made with the pretty Stampin’ Up! So Much Love cling stamp set. I had so much fun watercoloring the Grace’s Garden card last weekend that I wanted to bring out the water painters and use them again. Today’s technique is a little different though in that I embossed the image with gold embossing powder before watercoloring. What do you think? You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.
I stamped the flower from the Stampin’ Up! So Much Love stamp set in Versamark ink on a panel of watercolor paper. I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and heat set until it was shiny. I colored the flower with Melon Mambo ink using the fine tipped water painter and used a bit of Daffodil Delight for the flower center. I colored the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. I fussy cut the flower with my paper snips after it was dry. Here’s a close-up of the flower so you can see the gold embossing.
I colored the flower one petal at a time, starting at the darkest part of each petal and pulling the color outward to cover the entire petal. The watercolor paper does not absorb the color very fast, so you have time to move it as you go over the petal and the color will bleed and blend wherever the paper is wet. The color also gets lighter as you go. The embossed lines help contain the water, so that it’s easier to ‘stay in the lines’.
I adhered a panel of Peony Garden designer series paper to a Whisper White mat and popped it on the front of a Pear Pizzazz card base. I cut a Whisper White panel with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and ran it through the Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! So Much Love stamp set in Gray Granite ink and cut it out with the smaller die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I adhered the dies together and adhered them to the card front.
I adhered some gold foil leaves from the Forever Gold laser cut specialty paper with glue dots and popped the watercolored flower on top with dimensionals. I made bows with the polka dot tulle ribbon and gold thread and tied them together with more gold thread and adhered them to the card front. I finished it off with three gold enamel gems.
I stamped the flower again in Melon Mambo ink after stamping off three times on a Whisper White panel. I trimmed the bottom with a strip of the Peony Garden DSP and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.
I had the old Stampin’ Up! Birthday Blooms stamp set that I must have made a dozen birthday cards with using this watercolor technique! That flower had to be fussy cut too, and it is a bit intensive but the results are really pretty!!
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:
- Pear Pizzazz – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 1-3/4″ x 3″ (label)
- Watercolor paper – 3″ x 4-1/2″ (flower)
- Whisper White – (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″ (front mat and inside panel), 3″ x 4″ (label)
- Peony Garden DSP – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (front background), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)
- Forever Gold Specialty – three sprigs