Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Fabulous Flowers

I watercolour the flowers and leaves using diluted re-inkers.  I used Pretty in Pink and Real Red inks for my flowers and I love this color combination.  They are quite bright and it's a nice contrast to the finished card I made with them, which has an aged and distressed look and feel to it.  Hope you like.

"Fabulous Flowers"
Stamps:  Fabulous Florets, En Francais (SU!) Paper:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Watercolor paper
Ink:  Soft Suede, Old Olive, Versamark; Re-inkers:  Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Old Olive Accessories & Tools:  Black embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, water mister, Aqua Painter, 1/4" Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, sticky strips, glue dots and dimensionals
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I stamped the florets and leaves with Versamark ink onto watercolor paper (I made a few extra for spares).  I embossed the images with black embossing powder.  As per the tutorial in the Techniques section - I misted the images with water and added re-inker until I was happy with the look of the flowers and leaves.  I let them dry and then cut them out.

I stamped the En Francais in Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  I ripped the edges to give it an aged look.  I sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink and also lightly sponged the same ink, randomly over the paper.  I stamped the background leaf stem and leaves in Old Olive ink, adding a second stamping of just a few leaves to the left of the main stem - this gives me more room to add flowers.  I used my bone folder to slightly curl the petals of the flowers upwards and then secured the flowers and leaves on top of the stamped stem using glue dots.

I tied the ribbon around the panel and added a knot on top of the stem.  I mounted the complete panel onto a card base of Soft Suede.

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