Birthday, Florals, Jumbo Dahlia, Jumbo Peony, Kuretake, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Mixed Mesh background stamp, Stampendous, Vintage Note, Water Colored Cards

Instagram Inspired!

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I love being inspired by other artists, and these cards were totally inspired by someone I just found on Instagram!  Afia, whose blog is here and Instagram here, just posted some cards that blew me away!!  Here’s the first card which I fell in love with!  Just look at that gorgeous color and the beautiful butterfly and that gold embossed detail!  I decided to follow Afia’s process which she shared on her blog and made my cards in the same manner.  I used my retired Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia and their current Mixed Mesh background stamp plus the Vintage Note stamp as well.  
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My first step was to stamp the Mixed Mesh background stamp onto a panel of watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I dried it with a heat tool, then heat-embossed the Jumbo Dahlia using black powder.  
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Next I painted the blossom and the background with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, drying between layers.  I mixed shades of reds, pink and orange for the Dahlia and greens and yellow for the background.  When it was completely dry, I spattered some watery white paint over it.  Next I heat-embossed in gold the Vintage Note stamp along the left hand side.  Afia used gold embossing on her butterfly card and I love how it looks on mine!  My watercolor panel was a little short, so I visually “extended” the panel by gold embossing a Lace Border (also an old Stampendous stamp!) along the bottom of my ivory base card.  
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I cut a panel of gold metallic card stock to border the watercolor panel, then attached it to the card base.  My final touch was to add a few sequins and adhere a sentiment which I heat-embossed in gold onto a scrap of black.  I LOVE this card and although it looks nothing like Afia’s butterfly card, I thoroughly enjoyed copying her process!  
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This is my second card following Afia’s process.  This time I used a panel of Bienfang Canvas paper and stamped the Mixed Mesh background stamp onto it with Versafine Onyx Black ink then dried it with a heat tool.  I heat-embossed in black the retired Jumbo Peony by Stampendous and then painted both with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, drying between layers.  
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Again, I used Stampendous Vintage Note and heat-embossed it in silver down the left side of the card.  I added a strip of rose-colored Glitterstock as an accent, along with a few silver sequins.  
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I think this textured card stock is the bomb, don’t you?!  
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I embossed the sentiment in silver onto another scrap of black card stock and attached all the layers to a card base of white.  I love both of my cards and now am heading over to Afia’s blog to see what will inspire me next!  Thanks for stopping by!  
Distress Oxides, Everyday Sayings, Florals, Get Well, Hero Arts, Jumbo Dahlia, Kaleidoscope of Leaves, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Simon Says Stamp, Thinking of You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous + Simon Says Stamp = WOW

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I feel like I’m behind on posting but I guess I’m not, really!  This weekend I worked for several hours finishing up TONS of cards with the insides, envelopes and packaging.  I am determined to complete the process for each card as I make it from now on!!  I did take some time this evening to use this Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia image (no longer current) which I’d colored with Zigs a while back and had put aside.  Today I cut it into two pieces so I could make two cards with it!  
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This gorgeous background was made with Simon Say’s Stamp’s Kaleidoscope Leaves background stamp, upon which I randomly brushed Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink along with a little Black Soot.  I spritzed the stamp with water then stamped it onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock.  The base card is actually the first one I did but didn’t like the look so just covered it with my second version!  
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On a strip of the Bristol Smooth I used the Kaleidoscope Leaves background in the same manner, but with Carved Pumpkin and Fired Brick distress oxide inks, spritzing with water for that soft watery look.  I trimmed it down, layered it onto a strip of gray textured card stock, then heat-embossed the sentiment in black.  
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This card was created in the same way, but without the card stock layer behind the sentiment which is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings set.  I embossed that with black to make it pop on the softer background and lifted it with a strip of fun foam.  A piece of Basic Gray patterned paper is placed behind the background layer and all was mounted to a black base card.  
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I think these two cards are just beautiful and it felt good to create after hours of busy work with finishing up cards!!  
Altenew, Florals, Jumbo Dahlia, Jumbo Peony, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Label Love, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

More Stampendous Jumbo’s!

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I know!  I know!  All I do is gush over Stampendous!!  But look!!  These jumbo blossoms are to DIE for!!  This one is their retired Jumbo Peony which I found on ebay after months of searching!  SCORE!!  Heat-embossed in white onto Strathmore watercolor paper, I painted it with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, then very faintly stamped one of my script-y stamps onto the background.  A strip of fun black and white patterned paper, a few sequins…
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…and Altenew’s Label Love sentiment embossed in black, all layered onto a white card base complete this beauty!  
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Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia is so striking!  Again, I heat-embossed in white on watercolor paper, painted with Gansai Tambi watercolors, layered it onto white then onto a white card base.  Easy-peasy!  I later added a sentiment like the one above.  
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Stampendous Jumbo Peony in Gansai Tambi shades of orange and blue~ spatters of white to accent the black heat-embossed image.  Watercolor paper on a white card base.  What’s not to love?!  😉  
Brusho Watercolor Powders, Florals, Handwritten Sentiments, Jumbo Dahlia, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Color Explosion with Brusho Watercolor Powder

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How fabulous is this?!  When I first got my Brusho paint powders, I wanted to use as many colors as I could, so on a 9×12 piece of Strathmore watercolor paper, I heat-embossed this gorgeous Dahlia made by Stampendous (no longer available on their website) with clear embossing powder.  I “painted” a wash of water over the images then just sprinkled on the Brusho powders and watched them spread and bloom!  The embossed edges contained some of the color, making the pattern really stand out!  This whole piece reminds me of silk fabric and think it’d make a beautiful scarf, don’t you?  When it was dry, I cut the page down into sections to use on cards.
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Because the color and pattern is so vivid, I kept these cards quite simple in construction.  I stamped the sentiment (name/company unknown) onto a scrap of paper, sponged deep yellow around the edges and adhered it to the panel, and attached it all to a white card base.
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I love that you can see so many details in this stamp!  Stampendous has many current stamps that would look fantastic with this technique!  For this card,  I stamped out Tim Holtz’ Handwritten Sentiments onto a strip of watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink and adhered it to the card front.  A couple of pretty jewels accent the sentiment.
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For this final card, I cut out one of the blooms into a square, and attached it to an embossed card base of white.  I bought the sentiment stamp at AC Moore; it’s stamped in Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a little square of scrap paper, and mounted over the colorful print.