Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Watercolour Die-cuts


Hi everyone.  I have a confession to make ... I LOVE die-cuts.  I'm obsessed with them. :)  I'm sure you have noticed that I use them on the majority of my cards.  So when I saw the June Challenge at CASEplorations with Shelly Kurth's gorgeous card with the die-cut circle, I had to play along.



I started by making a Splash Watercoloured background.  Click HERE to see my video tutorial on this fun and easy technique.  By pouncing the watercolour paper into diluted puddles of ink, I got splashes of colour that give this background lots of visual texture.  Pink and brown look great together and I'm so happy how this turned out.

The poppies were die-cut and watercoloured using diluted distress inks and a water brush.  I arranged it so that a few of the flowers are outside the circle frame.  The card front is popped up over the card base for added dimension, as well as popping up a few of the flower heads.  A simple, small sentiment was stamped to finish it off.

I'm also entering this card into two more challenges:  AAA #66 - Watercolour; and Memory Box #13 - Watercolour (I used Row of Poppies die from MB).



And this is also a CAS Mix Up card for the June's Challenge - Diecuts, with stamping, die-cuts, watercolouring, and splash watercolouring technique.



Thanks for coming by for a visit!






Stamps:  Sentiment - Bloom Sketches (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Row of Poppies die (Memory Box), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Challenges:
CASEplorations for June - Shelly Kurth
AAA #66 - Watercolour
Memory Box #13 - Watercolour
CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Die-cuts

31 comments:

Nancy Stislow said...

The poppies in that beautiful color look fabulous against the background! Love this look, Loll! What a gorgeous background you created by pouncing, another one of your incredibly fun techniques that I need to try!

Bejay Roles said...

What a great looking card, Loll. I love the splash technique and can't wait to give it a try. The poppies are fantastic (I love poppies) and the way some of them pop up out of the circle gives the card more depth and interest...LOVE IT!!
Bejay

Linda said...

Gorgeous card ..... those poppies are one of my favourite dies and I love how they look in the pink xx

Jane said...

A beauty! Love the poppies against the 'pounced' watercoloured background. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Mac Mable said...

What a clever take on the CASE card. The prettiest of poppy die...Loving the colour combination too x

Donna said...

I love die cuts, too!
Beautiful card, Loll... Made with a beautiful die :)

maria f. said...

Oh my goodness - these pink poppies are THE most beautiful. Would you believe I saw one in a garden parcel today while walking the dog. Not the big coral ones. This was truly a pink one. And delicate. Like your beauties. Thanks for gracing the CASEplorations gallery this month!

Brenda said...

What a gorgeous card Loll! I love your splash watercolor background, it is just so beautiful. Mine never look this good. lol I also love the poppies and I love that you let some of them go outside the circle, looks 3D done like that! Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

Another beauty, my friend! Love these watercolor poppies with the splash background! Love the dimension!

Marcia HIll said...

LOVE this card Loll! Your splash background is just gorgeous (love those 2 colors together too!!) and your pink poppies look fabulous against the background! Beautiful, beautiful card!! :0)

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful card Loll, love how you put the flowers inside the circle and the splash background.

Bobby said...
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Bobby said...

I don't know why my comment printed out funny but had to redo. I always love your flowers and fab backgrounds, Loll.

Susanne Vargas said...

Beautiful CASE of Shelly's card! I have that die but have never watercolored it. Must try it!

Valerie Nolan said...

Stunning card Loll, that background looks so textured and my favourite die! Beautiful!
Val x

Stacy Sheldon said...

hee hee I think you are the reason I own MB poppy dies... (and I have not caved on this one yet) but, I seriously love how you used it here Loll the background is so interesting :)

Inkyfingers said...

Such a gorgeous design Loll and I love how the poppies stand out from the m the lovely background.

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautifully watercoloured die cuts Loll!

Greta said...

So beautiful, Loll! I love pink & brown together!

Maura R said...

Love the little pink poppies peeking out against the pretty and textured bg, Loll! I love die cuts too!! I think that is why I like your cards so much!

Helen Gullett said...

Wow!!! This is a beautiful CASE card! Love the poppy diecut and the circle background.

JosieD said...

Great looking card....love the pink against the beige-brown tones in the splash background and the die cut circle.

Annie V said...

You are very talented as I looked through a lot of your posts. I bookmarked you for future visits. You really have an artistic eye for design and color. (I too love die cuts, ever since my first coffee cup from Simon Says Stamp in Oct. 2014 I have been hooked). I don't have a blog but I am on Instagram at annievee1977. Hope to see you around the blogosphere.

Barb Ghig said...

Such a beautiful color combo, and I love how you created all that texture on your background with your DI's! Stunning card, and lovely take on Shelly's card, Loll!

MaryH said...

Yes, I had noticed you like dies {g}.That's a plus in my book, cause I do too! This one is so pretty. Love the color background behind the bright pinks of the posies. Liked the way you've styled these in the aperture. Very pretty indeed! (I echo Annie V's comment about your artistic eye too!)

Marybeth said...

I love dies too, Loll and your gorgeous card! Wow this is stunning! Love that watercolor background ! Hope you have a great weekend!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Loll, this is gorgeous. I love the background and the diet placement is wonderful. So simple and beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us at AAA Cards for our watercolor challenge.

Monika Skinner said...

Stunning! Your watercolour poppies are real beauties. Thanks so much for joining us this month at CASEplorations, Loll. Good Luck! :-)

shirley-bee said...

This is a beautiful interpretation of Shelly's card, Loll! Love the DI background and the delicate pink poppies peeping out of the circle. Thanks so much for joining in with our CASEplorations challenge :)

Laura said...

Wonderful! Love the flowers popping through the window. It could be used for so many occasions. Thank you so much for participating in the Memory Box June watercolor challenge.

Deepti said...

Gorgeous ! Thank you for sharing with CASEplorations :)