I have had a crazy busy spring. I bet you can relate. It has been one thing after another and my craft kits have been sitting for two months.
That’s right! Two months!!
I finally got to open and play with Simon Says Stamp May Kit called Delicate Flowers.
What a fantastic kit this is month after month. This kit had 3 of the alcohol pearl inks and some blending solution along with a gorgeous stamp set (a big one!), and several specialty papers like Yupo paper and glitter paper. They also sent plenty of card stock and the prettiest envelopes. I love the SSS envelopes because they have a pretty sheen to them. This kit also had beautiful 6 x 6″ patterned paper from ModaScrap and a Carta Bella washi that coordinates perfectly with the entire kit.
I spent a bit of time tidying up my craft room so I could relax and create. I decided to watercolor one of the images and use some of this gorgeous ModaScrap paper in the kit.
I used this week’s sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to create this card. It’s actually the busiest card that I’ve made in a while!
I used the Zig Real Brush watercolor pens to created the flower on watercolor paper. I used the no line watercolor technique by starting with the Antique Linen distress ink to stamp my image on watercolor paper. I took my time and kept building color along the base of each petal to make those the darkest points.
I will probably like it tomorrow. I always need to sleep on it and then look at the card in the morning and I usually like it more by then.
Isn’t that background patterned paper gorgeous? I tried to match the colors with my Zig’s, but I didn’t quite get it. I coordinates well enough and it felt really good to be creative today.
The sentiment is heat embossed in Gold WOW embossing powder. I just love the detail I get with these embossing powders. Look how perfectly that tiny “of you” came out. Nice, right?
I also used my Totally Tiffany Embossing Station to heat emboss and to dry those splatters. It’s just so handy not to have to hold that heat tool! I love that gadget!
The strip of gold dotted paper was the bottom of this 6 x 6″ sheet, so it worked out perfectly with the sketch.
I’ve also added my favorite Pretty Pink Posh clear drops. I love that the clear drops look like water drops on a floral card.
In hindsight, I wish I’d added a circle of vellum behind the watercolored image to make it stand out more from the background and I think it actually would have felt less busy if I had defined my focal image in that way as well.
One of the challenges I’ve found with the no line watercoloring is that I have to define the petals from each other. For this one, I did that by using a variety of different colors including 020, 202, 021, and 027. There is a bit of coral, red, pink and a purple pink. My leaves used an even greater variety of colors: 043, 049, 036, 044, 045, 048, 063, and 067. I used the 010 black and white gouache watered down and splattered on with my aqua brush. I added the splatters to the background paper as well.
Now, I must say that I’m tuckered out. Organizing craft supplies can do that to a person. I’ve got quite a bit more to do tomorrow and the next day as well. I need to get my space back to camera friendly so I can share with you some of the systems that have worked well, even though I’ve been crazy busy and neglecting the daily upkeep of the space.
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Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and I hope you find time to be creative!