Sunday, December 11, 2016

Peony Bouquet

Hi there!  Today the card I'm sharing with you was made for the current sketch challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.  I'm running right up to the deadline again, but that's mainly because my creative endeavors have been, um, disaster laden this week.  But I finally got a card finished and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

I recently purchased the beautiful stamp set Peony Bouquet from Altenew.  It's a multi-stamp image but I decided just to water color the outline image for the large flower and leaves rather than use the layers of stamps.  I need to play around with the layering a bit more and find colors that I like together.  So here's what I ended up with.

The images were heat embossed with white embossing powder then water colored with Abandoned Coral and Peeled Paint Distress inks.  I 💓💓💓 that coral color and the distress inks are really great to work with.  If you're familiar with this stamp set, then you may notice a flower petal was missing and instead a leaf is popping out in its place.  I had completed water coloring and was using the matching dies to cut out, with a piece of Post It tape to hold them in place and as I was getting ready to place the flower and leaves on the die cut circle realized one of the flower petals had green ink on it (!), which I think the tape transferred to it when I was die cutting them.  So then it was a matter of cutting off the petal and fussy cutting off the white edge left by the die.  Talk about making things hard on oneself!

The sentiment was stamped in Stampin' Up! Archival Basic Gray using my Misti so I could be sure it was not crooked and that it got good coverage by stamping it twice.  After adding the ribbon and twine and mounting the flower and die cut circle, I finished the card off with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins and clear dots.
Thanks so much for the visit!  I've added a link above to the SIP challenge, so be sure to head over there and check out all the beautiful inspiration.


Product details
Stamps:  Peony Bouquet, Painted Greetings (both Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White 80#, Tim Holtz Watercolor, Thick Whisper White (base under Neenah panel)
Ink:  Versamark, Abandoned Coral, Peeled Paint, Archival Basic Gray
Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits (SU); Burlap Ribbon (SU); White Cotton Twine (SU); Pretty Pink Posh Sequins:  Sparkling Clear and Sweet Pea Mix, and Clear Droplets; Water color brushes, Misti, Paper Snips

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