Beautiful Flowers, Distress Oxides, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers

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I’m in love!!  This wonderful spray of blossoms is from a set called Beautiful Flowers by Simon Says Stamp and was included in their June card kit called Fly Me Away!  I’ve been seeing some stunning cards made with this, and well, you know!  I HAD to have it!!  😀  The first thing I did for this card was to stamp the image onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  BTW, this stamp is HUGE and my largest clear acrylic block was way too small, so I used one of the plates from my Cuttlebug instead!  That worked GREAT!  Anyway, I decided to use my Prismacolor pencils on this and spent a happy half hour filling in the blossoms and leaves.  As a final touch, to “smooth” out the color, I covered the flowers with a layer of light pink Zig marker, then fussy-cut them out, leaving one corner intact.  I love the contrast of the block-y styled words with the organic roses!  
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Also included in the kit was this luscious Smoke Gray (heavy!) cardstock  upon which I stamped the spray of flowers using Iced Spruce distress oxide ink.  After drying the ink with my heat tool, I mounted the cut-out flowers using strips of foam tape.  The final touch was to add a few pretty sequins for a little sparkle!  
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I think I’ll use a white gel pen and add some dots to the centers of these blossoms for contrast and interest!  Otherwise, I think this card is just perfect!  
Altenew, Congratulations, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Label Love, Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut, Stitched Circle Dies, Stitched Oval Dies, Sympathy, Water Colored Cards

Coloring Book to Card!

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I received Splash of Color, a painting/coloring book for Christmas and decided it was high time I used it!  I love that the images are printed on heavy watercolor paper!  I cut this particular page into five pieces and here’s the first one I finished!  I used Zig markers and a waterbrush; when the image was dry I spattered droplets of water, as I often do!  Oh, and black spatters of paint!!  
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After painting the image, I cut it down using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, then cut a slightly larger layer in lime green.  I ran my gray card base through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder to give it added dimension, then mounted the ovals onto that, lifted with another oval of fun foam.  
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Lastly, I stamped and cut the sentiment using Hero Arts Ribbon Messages; I used scraps of watercolor paper and adhered three banners together to form the thick one I attached to the card.  
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This is the second card I made using one of the pieces I cut down from a page in Splash Of Color painting/coloring book.  This time I used Gina Marie Designs Stitched Circle dies.  I embossed the vanilla base card with a large dots embossing folder to mimic the circles.  The sentiment is Label Love by Altenew.    I really enjoyed the simplicity of creating with pre-printed images!  
Blooming Garden, Floral Tapestry, Florals, Gentle Whisper, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Penny Black, Sizzix Embossing Folders, Stitched Oval Dies, Water Colored Cards

Penny Black Gentle Whisper & Blooming Garden

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I love it when I try something new and it works!  This die coordinates with a beautiful stamp called Gentle Whisper by Penny Black.  The problem is that the stamp is much larger than the die, so they don’t really coordinate at all!  I sold the stamp but hung onto the die in order to try this new-to-me technique of coloring on the die cut!  As always, I used Zig markers and a water brush.  After the image dried, I sprinkled droplets of water for that speckled effect.  
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Next I cut a black oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, then placed it into an embossing folder for added dimension.  Another oval of fuschia brings out the purples in the flower.  I stamped Stampin Up’s Dictionary in black onto a white card base; I like how the type is a cool contrast to the organic/nature feel of the rest of the card!  Lastly, I lifted the flower with bits of white foam tape, but in retrospect, I should have used black fun foam!  🙂  Nevertheless, I think this card is stunning and I’m glad I kept this die!  
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I just love this die which coordinates with the poppy in Penny Black’s Blooming Garden set!  I cut this from watercolor paper then colored with Zig markers, blending the colors with a water brush.  Again, I die-cut the oval in black then embossed it in a folder and added an orange layer beneath it for contrast.  
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I took photos of these cards in the early morning because the light is so great and casts wonderful shadows!  
Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Uncategorized, Unity Stamps, You Are Forever Beautiful

Unity Stamps Forever Beautiful

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How beautiful is this gorgeous spray of roses made by Unity Stamps?!  It’s called You Are Forever Beautiful and is on sale right now!  I chose to keep it simple by heat-embossing the image in gold onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then did a wash of aqua using my Zig marker.  I adhered the panel to a base card of vanilla card stock.  
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I also embossed the sentiment in gold.  The addition of a few sequins were the final touch to this beautiful yet simple card!  
Florals, Flower Garden, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Sketchy Blooms, Stampendous, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Tim Holtz Flower Garden & Stampendous Sketchy Blooms

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I’ve been on a watercolor kick lately (well, okay, all the time!) and just love creating cards like these with rich, vibrant colors and deep, “moody” backgrounds!  The card above features beautifully detailed Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps which I heat-embossed in white onto Bristol Smooth card stock.  I then used my Zig markers to color, drying between layers.  This dark blue background really sets off the blossoms, doesn’t it?  I added spatters of black and white paint.  As usual!  🙂  
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My husband recently bought me a new Cuttlebug as mine finally bit the dust after 18 years of hard use!!  The new one came with this awesome die which I cut three times from the backside of a watercolor pad cover!  How’s that for recycling!  I then glued the three layers together but need to work on getting the layers perfectly aligned!!  🙂  Anyway, I love how this card came out!  
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I really enjoyed coloring the flowers on this card which used Stampendous’ Sketchy Blooms; I stamped and embossed the image into both corners then colored with Zigs.  I decided to do the background in black to really make those bright flowers pop!  Spatters of water droplets and white paint for extra detail!  
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I bought this sweet little die at AC Moore recently; it’s a great size for adding to cards without taking up too much space!  I adhered it to a scrap of aqua then mounted it with a bit of foam tape.  
Antique Rose, Florals, Friendship, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Water Colored Cards

Hero Arts Antique Rose

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I recently saw (and saved!) a gorgeous card on Instagram made by @strangelycreative (Ericka Strange) using this stamp and was inspired to pull mine out to play!  For starters, I heat-embossed the image in gold onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock, then using my Zig markers, began to color!  For the background, I chose my darkest shade of blue and section by section, drew a heavy line against the rose, then moved the ink with lots of water! For the roses,  I used dark red and a dark pink mostly, adding two shades of yellow to the centers.  Again, moving the ink with the water brush.  
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When the panel was dry, I spattered drops of water all over which leaves an interesting speckled appearance!  The “hello” sentiment is a sticker from Heidi Swapp!  
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I trimmed the panel down enough to add a layer of gold paper beneath, then mounted it to a white card base.  The last touch was to squeeze out a bit of gold Nuvo Drops onto my craft mat, add some water and spatter heavy droplets of the mixture over the entire panel.  Thanks for the inspiration, Ericka!!  🙂