Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Hydrangea

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a sweet card that is perfect no matter what time of year.  I'm adding this to the gallery at CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Something Blue.


This pretty hydrangea has been in my NBUS stash for a long time.  Happy to finally get it inked up.  It also comes with a matching die.  I don't mind fussy-cutting, but the dies are so quick! :)

The flower was stamped in Versamark ink onto mixed media paper.  It was then heat embossed with liquid platinum which is a warm silver (love this colour!).  I watercoloured the flower and leaves using distress inks.  Using a white gel pen, added white to the center fo the flowers and then die-cut the image.  I used another NBUS stamp for the background.  A small script that is off to one side, stamped in the lightest blue I used for the flower.  The sentiment (from the same stamp set) is stamped and heat embossed to match the image.  I die-cut the flower from foam as well and popped up the layers onto the card front, which is also popped up from the card base. :)

Here's a close-up ...
Still three days left to play before the challenge closes at midnight (PDST) June 24th.






Stamps:  Happy Hydrangea (Technique Tuesday); Gabi's Postcards from Paris (49th & Market)
Paper:  Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress inks:  Broken Glass, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Happy Hydrangea die (Technique Tuesday), water brush, white gel pen

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Something Blue


25 comments:

Liz said...

What a beautiful hydrangea stamp, beautiful colour. It looks great with the blue text background. xx

Daffodil Cards said...

SO beautiful, we have 3 blue hydrangeas in the garden and waiting for them to blossom like this gorgeous card.
Faith x

Colleen said...

Just stunning Loll!! that embossing powder really makes it pop and gives it such an elegant look!

Bonnie said...

Love the warmth of the embossing with the beautiful blue! The script in blue is such a pretty balance!

Nstiz said...

My first thought when I saw this is Wow, that's gorgeous. You used such a beautiful color on this and love it popped up over the script background. It goes without saying how beautifully you water colored this. What a fantastic card!

Christine Alexander said...

my favourite flowers Loll, I just love those clusters of flowers. Beautiful colouring :)

Susan said...

What a beautiful hydrangea! You captured their blue shades perfectly. Love the embossed script behind it.

nancy littrell said...

TFS the close up so we could see the gorgeous shine from the heat embossed hydrangea, Loll. I love your pretty blue watercoloring and white gel pen center of each bloom just like on a IRL hydrangea:-) Nice text background and love how you popped up your flower and heat embossed your sentiment. I often die cut white foam for my main images and love the effect on your flower. TFS my friend. Hugs...Nancy

Jeanne said...

Such a pretty card. I really like Liquid Platinum, too. Thanks for sharing this beauty!

HilaryJane said...

Love that gold embossing with the blue watercolour xx

Marcia Hill said...

Lovely, lovely card Loll!! That platinum embossing powder is SO pretty with all the wonderful shades of blue you used on the flower and I'm loving that scripty background too! :0)

Linda said...

I love big hydrangeas and this one is perfect. The embossing looks beautiful, and I lie the script in the background xx

Maura said...

Love your blue flower with the liquid platinum embossing, Loll! Just gorgeous and the text bg is a fabulous idea!

Darnell said...

Knowing how much you love flowers, I can't believe this was in your NBUS pile for long, Lolly! It looks sensational outlined in platinum with your stunning blue watercoloring. I used to have two hydrangeas that looked this gorgeous, but alas our summer heat is too cruel. I tried again year after year with new plants and finally bought a vowel that they are just not meant for my yard. :( Thank you for giving me my hydrangea fix!! Hugs, Dolly

Barb Ghig said...

Such a beautiful hydrangea, Loll! I love that you chose Liquid Platinum to emboss all the fine lines on the image...so elegant! Beautiful watercoloring, too...you did a great job blending all those lovely shades of blue...Another stunning card!

Papercraft Boutique said...

What an elegant hydrangea, Loll! Love the combination of Liquid Platinum and different shades of blue. The white gel pen dots are effective and the background scrips make a wonderful backdrop.
Hideko xx

Trina P. said...

Been up since 3:30 and can’t seem to fall back asleep... so here I am. 😂
Your hydrangeas are so pretty and beautifully watercoloured. The script background is a nice touch. xx

Maria said...

Oh, your card is so lovely with the blue hydrangea! Wonderful text back ground, too! Fab card, Loll!!

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh what a beauty Loll - love the platinum embossing - it looks wonderful with the blues.
Blessings
Maxine

Anita in France said...

Bold and beautiful, Loll ... the metallic embossing is fantastic with the fresh colour palette! Hugs, Anita :)

Robyn Oliver said...

A beautiful card Loll, the silver embossing blends so lovely with the blues and green - lovely crisp look with the script in the background. Great idea to use the die to cut a foam lift for the flower - into my to do list. Have a wonderful day Robyn

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautifully coloured and the Liquid Platinum is so gorgeous! The script background is a stunning addition:)

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely stunning and so very beautiful....Loving this one Loll x.

Jo said...

Oh my this is definitely a glamorous card. I love everything about this piece ....the blue script, the platinum embossing and the watercoloring. This whole design is truly exquisite. xx

BożenA said...

Your hirtens are so beautiful. I love beautiful blue and energetic green. A pop-up image adds so much interest to the card
BożenA xx