Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! As we are SPRINGING ahead here in the United States with Daylight Savings Time, it is feeling a bit more like Spring is almost here. And with Spring comes warm weather and beautiful flowers.
I have been really enjoying making flower cards of late (I must be ready to say goodbye to the snow! haha!). I feel it is even more fitting to make a flower card today since it is Plant a Flower Day! With that theme in mind, I decided I wanted to use the gorgeous flower cling stamps from Prima. The illustrations on these stamps are so pretty; I’ve used both the Joyful Garden and Fresh Flowers #1 stamps. They are pretty large stamps, which cover the front of a card perfectly.
For the watercolors, I used Prima’s Watercolor Confections; these watercolors come in 5 different palettes. On these cards I used three: the Classics, Tropicals and Decadent Pies. I enjoy using these palettes . The watercolors are quite pigmented and give beautiful results in a variety of painting styles. In today’s video I created a “messy” style of watercoloring, which is really easy to achieve; I’ll be walking you through the steps I took to create the messy look effortlessly!
I love sentiments that are perfect for encouragement cards; the Be Strong stamp set from Altenew is one of my current favorites when it comes to uplifting sentiments! I stamped two of the greetings from that set with clear ink and heat embossed them with white powder.
Finally, I wanted to make a couple of matching envelopes for these cards… a card is made even more special when the envelope is decorated too! I used the We R Memory Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope from Mixed Media paper and then watercolored a soft, layered background. The background was created with a few watercolors that matched the card but were greatly diluted.
After watercoloring, I stamped a second generation of the flowers onto each of the envelopes using a gray ink from Altenew. Because I wanted the image on the envelope to be softer, the second generation creates more of a “ghosted” look and is not distracting.
I hope you enjoyed these cards and will be checking out the video to see how these cards came together! I really like how the heat embossed flowers resist the watercolor and create more subtle outlines. And paired with the messy watercolor effect, I think it makes for a very beautiful design! Thanks for visiting me today… I will see you again tomorrow for a new Studio Monday video!
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