Saturday, July 13, 2019

Dreaming - Flower Collection

Hi everyone.  Back with another two cards using Penny Black's new Dreaming release.  Today I used a different image from the Flower Collection stamp set (30-575).  I tried something a little different (for me) and I hope you like it ...

I wanted to use this image on a watercoloured (smooshed) background and practise more with the Bleaching Technique I learned at my recent retreat (thanks again, Susan!)  I started by smooshing Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet with a piece of mixed media paper.  I used lots of water so the colours are soft and well blended.
The image is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  A small paint brush and bleach was used to remove the background colour from the leaves and flowers.  I find I had to do one small part at a time (say, one leaf) with the bleach and then quickly blot with paper towel.  Otherwise the bleach would continue to spread and go outside of the white embossed lines.  Even though I was careful, it happened quite a few times, but I figured out how to quickly fix the problem ... add some diluted Salty Ocean ink. :)  Once the image was bleached, I then watercoloured with more distress inks (Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet).  The smile sentiment (Happy Snippets 30-358) was stamped and heat embossed in white to match the image.  To finish the card I added an antique frame (51-397).  I'm happy how this turned out.

Here's a close-up ...
Here's a second card using the same basic layout, but changing up the design with keeping the background white, and changing up the colours of the flowers.  The sentiment stamp is from Happy Heights (30-548).
Leaf Stitched Frame (51-552) was popped up on top for added dimension.  Told you I knew I would use these A LOT! :)  This time I added just a little Twisted Citron green distress ink to the leaves to add something special to the frame.

I'm sending the first card over to Penny Black Saturday July Challenge - Anything Goes (2nd entry).
And I'm sending the second card to Penny Black & More July Challenge, where they are looking for summer colours.  I think the second card is very summery and fresh with the red and bright green. :)

******Summer Colours******

I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Thanks for visiting!

Card #1:  Smile
Stamps:  Flower Collection (Penny Black); Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, water mister, bleach, paint brush for bleach, Leaf Stitched Frames die (Penny Black)

Card #2:  Hello
Stamps:  Flower Collection (Penny Black); Happy Heights (Penny Black
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Grey Shadow Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, Leaf Stitched Frames die (Penny Black)

Penny Black Saturday July Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More July Challenge - Summer Colours


Mac Mable said...

Such a soft and gentle background on your first pretty card. Love how you used the bleaching technique to take off the colour and then to add another different colour...Thank you for the tips x. The leaf stitched frame sure looks pretty on your second card and what a beautifully coloured summery and fresh image. Stunning CAS cards Loll x

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards, but your second card is a great CAS card and I love the frame and the colours.
Thank you for joining our 'Summer Colours' challenge at Penny Black and More. Your second card would also fit the Allsorts challenge this week.

Kath x

Liz said...

Two fabulous cards, Loll. I LOVE the Leaf Stitched Frame! xx

Maria said...

Very pretty cards!! Gorgeous color and love the leaf frame!!

Bonnie said...

I love both of these, Loll! The vase and flower are so sweet in both colors! Great job with the bleach and watercoloring. It sure is a fun technique! I love the red flower and how you've added a bit of color to the leaves in the frame! It adds so much pizzazz!

Robyn Oliver said...

Only need a few words - simply gorgeous - both cards Loll

Bobby said...

While I'm usually drawn to red, and the red flowers and vase are beautiful, Loll, but that blue and purple? Oh my it is absolutely gorgeous!

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous cards, Loll! I love the dreamy feel of the first one with your softly watercolored background and beautiful color palette! I also love the bold red flowers and vase and crisp design on the 2nd card...everything works perfectly with the leafy frame, too! Thanks so much for sharing the steps for the bleaching technique...Barb xx

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Loll, I love the image and your watercolouring with bleach lifting is beautiful :)

brenda said...

Two very different but equally lovely floral creations, I'm a big fab of bleach in the craft room as well. Thanks so much for joining in with our 'Summer Colours' theme at Penny Black and More July challenge.

B x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Great cards Loll, well done! Trying not to get Die envy with that second frame, it is lovely 😉
Bleach technique is fun must revisit it sometime soon!
hugs Shaz in Oz.x

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kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Loll these are amazing - love the background on the first card, so subtle! Well done on using the bleach technique with such stunning results! Loving the twisted Citron on the leaves of the frame detail on the second card

Trina P. said...

Two beauties, Loll, featuring this lovely stamp. So many wonderful techniques (smooshing, bleaching, watercoloring) on the first... super job at bleaching and thanks for the tip. The framing on both are fabulous. Your second is definitely fresh and summery. xx

Viv said...

Awesomeness as always Loll. These are beautiful cards.... x

nancy littrell said...

Wow..Two Gorgeous flower bouquet cards using your new fabulous Penny Black stamps and dies, Loll. I loved admiring every detail of both cards and so appreciate your detailed descriptions. I now have the gorgeous Leaf Stitched beautiful and versatile:-) Hugs...Nancy

Papercraft Boutique said...

Two beautiful cards, Loll! Your bleaching turned out so well and you did a great fix. I can't tell where the bleach spread out. Thank you so much for the tips on the technique! Love the colors and the way you framed the image.
The red one is lovely and I love that you added Twisted Citron to the leaves. This frame die set will sell out quickly. :-)
Hideko xx

Susan said...

Wonderful variations with the same stamp. Beautiful blue background and shading on the vase and flowers of the first card. And I love the bit of colour on the leaves of the frame on the second card.

Anita in France said...

One soft and dreamy, Loll ... the other vibrant and fresh ... and both so lovely ... the detailing on each is fabulous! Hugs, Anita :)

Marcia Hill said...

Two FABULOUS card Loll! The bleaching technique is kinda addictive once you start, isn't it?!! It worked beautifully on your 1st card and really like the contrast between the background, vase and flowers...SOOO pretty!! Your 2nd card is equally as lovely, but it's the frame where you lightly colored the leaves that totally makes this card for me...LOVE it!! :0)

Jo said...

Two rich beauties. What great colour combos. The first is so crispy and clean with the white heat embossing and controlled bleaching. Wow. The second is special with the green repeated in the trimming of the frame. So smart! xx

Karen Dunbrook said...

beautiful cards mf.
xx Karen

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my word, I need this release, don't I? Somebody stop me! Your cards are hugely inspiring. Love the image, and that leafy frame has never looked so pretty!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

BożenA said...

A wonderful combination of colors. Purple and blue are the perfect pair, and green is a great complement. The second card is equally beautiful, although it has a completely different color scheme. It was a great idea to tint the frame around. Wonderful watercolor cards.