Friday, February 5, 2016

Plaid Blooms

I am still loving on this stamp set, although I must admit that I made this card before Christmas when I first got my Gansai Tambi watercolors. I have quite the stash of supplies and stamps as I have been a papercrafter for over 10 years now, so sometimes I really just need to play with whatever I have! And I needed to add to my stash of big cards for work, so this is another 5½"x7½" card. I am so glad I have the envelope punch board, and scads and scads of the DCWV DSP stacks from my pre-SU days. They make great envelopes, white on the outside and patterned on the inside :)

  • I chose 3 colors of watercolor to create the plaid, and the trick here is to do the stripes in one direction, dry the paint with the heat tool because I am not patient, then paint the stripes in the opposite direction. Yes, I found this out the hard way :) The flower covers most of the muddied stripes. The Gansai Tambi colors that I used are: #50 Light Aqua, #42 Bright Yellow, and #21 Scarlet Red (I think- or it could have been #30 Cadmium Red- it's been too long for me to remember and I was just enjoying myself, not thinking about future postings :)  )
  • I had taped the watercolor paper down to a board while making the plaid, and decided to stitch along the edge of the paint for a nice border. OK, who am I kidding. I've been stitching everything lately, lol! Then I adhered this panel to the Tangelo Twist card base.
  • I decided to use SU inks to watercolor the flower. I used Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist on the petals, laying down the yellow first, then dropping in a little of the orange while the yellow was still wet to get the blending and wicking effect. The leaves are Garden Green. This green is much neglected in my craft room. I think I am rediscovering it lately, and it is about time! It makes quite lovely leaves. After the flower was dry, I fussy cut it out and put a bunch of dimensionals on the back.
  • I took a 2"x7" piece of vellum and heat embossed the sentiment (Think Big Favorites: #24) with some glittery gold embossing powder in my stash. At this point, the plaid panel was already glued to the card base, so I had to resign myself to the thought of the stitching to hold the sentiment strip showing on the inside of the card. It generally bothers me to see the stitching or a strip of ribbon from the front of the card on the inside. Just my quirk.
  • I made a tangle of gold thread and stuck it to the back of the flower and then stuck that to the card base. 
  • My last bits are a few orange and iridescent sequins that I am not sure where I got. I used the Fine Tip Glue to stick those babies on.

For the inside I stamped the flowers in Tangelos Twist, then stamped this greeting from Inside and Out: Birthday in Early Espresso. And of course, I outlined the inside of the card with a Signo white gel pen :)

There it is, one more watercolored card for the stash at work! I wonder who the recipient will be :)

What do you think? Is this a pleasing color combo, and should I have added more sequins? That is always the question, lol!

This is a list of the supplies that I did use, or could have used. If you would like to purchase any of them, just click on the image and it will take you right to my store :)  If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code: PCUN2KHD

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