Plant a Flower Day + Watercolor Florals
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.
The watercolor panels are trimmed down with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies and I also tied a bit of Hemptique bamboo cord around the top.
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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Lovely cards Nina-Marie!
These cards are so happy and spring-like. I love the watercolors.
Beautiful cards!! I love the colours and they are very spring like. I am longing for warm sunny weather as well :)
These flowers are so pretty. Maybe time to make some flowers on cards as the next week all looks like winter is back with a bang.
These are really pretty! Love the watercoloring!!
Lovely! What bright, happy cards!
Lovely colors Nina , beautiful job !
These are such happy cards!
Beautiful cards & envelopes! I’m also ready for some flowers and warm weather!
I love your happy cards! TFS
SQUEAL!! LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! SO BEAUTIFUL!! =)
Love the matching envelopes
Beautiful! I love the envelope you made to match!
Bit early to plant flowrrs here, but your card is gorgeous. Hugz
This watercoloring is super cute!
The watercolour on these cards is so beautiful – both are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
awesome card, amazing coloring!
So beautiful! Love your bright colors. I’d love to really plant a flower today but it’s much to cold to do it outside. This is a much more pleasant way to celebrate. Thanks for the inspiration.
Both cards are so very pretty!!!
I really like these
These cards are so pretty, Nina. Thanks for sharing them:)
So artistic and colorful, Nina. Gorgeous!
Spring has definitely sprung with these beauties!
Bright and beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
Very pretty cards and I would love to be able to plant a blooming flower, however, the deer eat everything, so I have given up. Thanks for sharing.
will definitely try this technique. . . beautiful!
Gorgeous! Thanks for the great watercolor tips!
Cute flower coloring! Thanks for sharing!
Gorgeous watercolored flowers, love the vibrant colors and matching envelopes!
beautiful florals i can never get my placement that pretty with my cards
Like the grungy look! And so cheerfull!
Really pretty coloring- love the vibrant flowers.
Feels like spring. Beautiful.
I like to watercolor to de stress. It works great. Nice card. Thanks for sharing.