Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Watercolour Poinsettia

Hello, Crafters.

I have just uploaded a video to show how I made one of last week's challenge cards - please see last photograph.

This is the link: Peaceful Pines Glimmer Tree

This is my second card from the Reason for the Season Photopolymer Stamp Set and boy, am I loving this set!

Yesterday I worked on three different projects.

Unfortunately, one technique I used on one of them did something totally unexpected.

I'll work on it today to see how I can get round it so I can share the saga with you later in the week!

Today's card was inspired, in part, by a card shown in the new Christmas catalogue - obviously I put my spin on it.

This poinsettia is two step stamping and gives a brilliant watercolour effect. 

I started my card with a base of Whisper White, with a layer of Real Red and then a top layer of Whisper White.

I used Real Red ink to stamp random flowers and topped each one with Old Olive leaves.

The centre of the poinsettias are Daffodil Delight.

My favourite Christmas sentiment is Jesus is the Reason for the Season so I chose to use this stamp as the centrepiece for my card.

I inked the stamp in Real Red ink and used a blender pen to remove the ink from "is the" and "for the".

When I was happy the words were ink-free, I used my Old Olive marker pen to re-colour them.

I huffed on my stamp in case the Real Red had dried while I was organising the Old Olive ink.

I stamped on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and die cut it out using die no 5 of the tag dies in the Tags & Labels Framelits.

This was layered onto a Real Red tag that had been die cut with no. 6 die.

I adhered one of the large Gold Foil Doilies slightly lower than centre on the card front.

The sentiment was adhered onto the doily with Dimensionals and topped off with a Real Red Ribbon Bow.

In the stamp set there is a "full" stamp of the poinsettia i.e. the flowers and the leaves have an outline, so the two steps can be stamped into the stamped "full" image.

I tried this first but I felt it looked untidy which is why I tried stamping without the frame. This way, I think, looks really crisp and clean.

Going forward, I will use the full stamp for colouring, or like yesterday, paper piecing. 

There is a co-ordinating punch that goes with this stamp set. I'm hoping to show it to you tomorrow.

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


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