Friday, October 16, 2020

Watercolored Peony Birthday Card


My friend Becky had a birthday this week.  Of course that requires a card, so I decided to channel my inner Debbie Hughes to create a pretty watercolor image with lots of  fun splatter and sparkle in the background.  Today's card uses two stamp sets, along with their coordinating dies, from Honey Bee Stamps - the Spring Peony Stamp Set, and the Thanks a Bunch Stamp Set.  

Honey Bee Stamps, Spring Peony Stamp Set, Thanks a Bunch Stamp Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint, Birthday Card
I began by stamping some of the images from the Spring Peony Stamp Set, onto a piece of Fabriano Artistico Extra White Cold Press Watercolor paper, using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  Then I taped the watercolor panel down to my work surface, and painted the images using the 36 pan Altenew Watercolor Set.   Once the panel was painted to my satisfaction, I allowed it to dry completely, before using a Prismacolor pencil (Dark Umber), with a very sharp point, to go in and deepen the darkest shadows.  I used the coordinating Honey Cuts to die cut the images out, then set them aside while I worked on the background and sentiment.  

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment pieces from the Thanks a Bunch Stamp Set, in Versamark Ink, and then heat embossed them in gold embossing powder.  The "happy" was stamped onto vellum, and the "birthday" was stamped onto Rock Candy Card Stock.  I die cut the "happy" using the coordinating Honey Cuts, and trimmed the "birthday" into a small strip.

Honey Bee Stamps, Spring Peony Stamp Set, Thanks a Bunch Stamp Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint, Birthday Card

For the background, I began with a card front sized panel of Tin Pail Card Stock (4" x 5.25"). I splattered this with both Dark Roast Silk, and Midas Touch Nuvo Shimmer Pen - trying to concentrate the color in the lower left of the panel.  Then, I adhered the watercolored floral pieces with liquid glue and foam tape.   Then I mixed a little Winsor & Newton Chinese White Watercolor Paint with water, and splattered that over the card front.  I adhered the sentiment pieces, and attached the card front to a white card base. As a final touch, I added Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew, and Gin & Tonic Sequins to the card to finish it off. 

Every now and again, I get on a kick of wanting to watercolor.  It's such a pretty medium, and I always like the completed card.  I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired, by today's card.  

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1 comment:

  1. Sara this card is beautiful! I love how you used the pencils to add depth.


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