Hello again and welcome back! For this post, I am sharing a card made for both the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where Amy has given us yet again another fantastic sketch, and the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
My card uses the newer Floral Bliss stamp set from Simon Says Stamp that was part of the June monthly card kit. It is a delight to color and can be used for many occasions, although with the many sentiments in the set, it is primarily focused on weddings.
For the focal point I started with a piece of watercolor paper, upon which I stamped the Floral Bliss stamp in Versamark ink. Using my Misti, I made sure to ink it up and stamp it twice to ensure good coverage on the watercolor paper. It was then heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then the panel was cut down to fit the sketch. That was a little tricky given that the leaves are wider than the panel size but using a T Square ruler and a pencil, I was able to line things up and cut, first with my paper cutter, then by hand with my paper snips.
After heat embossing the image with gold embossing powder, I used a water brush and Tim Holtz Distress Inks to watercolor the image. I actually started with the background, very lightly spreading Broken China around the image, then proceeded to watercolor the main image, alternating between the leaves and flowers in order to let things dry. While the image is heat embossed and therefore helps to keep the image colors separate, I admit I am a bit messy when water coloring, so I always try to swap out areas as I watercolor to keep from mixing colors inadvertently. Once dried, it was adhered to a slightly larger panel of black card stock. The base of the card is #120 white card stock from Simon Says Stamp, which was layered with a piece of Echo Park Wedding Bliss designer paper (both also part of that SSS June card kit). For the paper behind the focal point, I cut pieces from other designs in the Wedding Bliss dsp, then it was all popped up on foam tape. Nuvo drops and sequins finished things off.
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Stamps: Floral Bliss (SSS)
Paper: SSS #120 white card stock, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, Echo Park Wedded Bliss dsp
Ink: Versamark; Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Shabby Shutters, Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Milled Lavender
Other: Ebony Black and Simply White Nuvo Crystal Drops, Rosewater Nuvo Jewel Drops, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins, Black and White Sharpies, Kuratake Waterbrush, Paper Snips