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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Watercoloured Mum

So looking forward to this coming weekend, not doing much of anything - hope to get out in the yard for a bit, but this week as been cold - a touch of winter has landed - a few snow flurries and hovering around the freezing mark - but weekend looks to be about mid 50's and sunny.

I'm back to share another Mother's Day card.  This one is something different at least for me.  I did some water colouring and loved the outcome.  See for yourself:

I started by stamping my flower on water colour paper -( I used 140lb cold press by Cartiera Magnani - it's kind of an off white but nice and  smooth - love it), using versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then cut out the image using spellbinder labels 28 die.  I used distress inks to colour. To apply colour I used my teflon sheet or you could use an acrylic block to apply the ink to.

flower - spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, peeled paint, forest moss& pine needles
background - peacock feathers, salty ocean

Once the flower and leaves were coloured and made sure it was dry (which really didn't take that long, or you could zap it with a heat gun), I then proceeded to do the background.  This is where I was kind of nervous.  I wet the background with my paint brush, made sure it was nice and wet then dipped my paint brush in some distress ink and started to colour the background.  You can see where my brush picked up some of the flower colour and it bled into the background - love the look!! To get a deeper shadow around the flower I went back in with some ink on my brush, but with a drier brush and not so diluted ink so the colour was not too washed out - does that makes sense?

I used spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence  die (I think this is one of my favourite dies) for the lacey background, adhered this to a piece of light aqua c/s, then adhered my image to the center of the die cut.  For my sentiment - which comes with this set I embossed it on a piece of vellum using white embossing powder, which was then wrapped around the card.  Because you can see through vellum I was careful as to where to add a drop of glue to tack it down - underneath the bow and underneath the turquoise sequin.  This was then layered onto my white card base.  To finish off I added some sequins and a seam binding ribbon bow.

I hope you can see the watercolour effect on the background, because in real it is pretty awesome!

stamp: Justrite - Mums
ink: versamark, distress inks -  spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, peeled paint, forest moss& pine needles, peacock feathers, salty ocean
die: spellbinders labels 28, & A2 Devine Eleoquence
paper: white 100 lb cougar, light aqua, watercolour 140lb cold press by Cartiera Magnana, vellum
misc: sequins, seam binding ribbon, white embossing powder

Well, that's about it for today, must head off to work.  (Why is it when we are at work all we want to do is go home and make cards - you ever feel that way?).  Hope you have a fabulous day, and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit.  Leave a comment would love to hear from you.

More Mother's Day cards to share, stay tuned.



CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Pauline, this is exquisite...and I agree that this is one of my favorite dies! It's so delicate, and I love your watercoloring (and love the background too!). It's stunning, and I have been thinking of trying to use them...and you've really inspired me, sweet friend! I love the colors you chose and how elegant this card is with the vellum sentiment and the few sequins to add some pop!! Eager to see more Mother's Day cards! Hugs!

Shirley T. said...

Hi Pauline,

Love everything about this card. Thank you for sharing.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Kerri said...

Beautiful card ..beautifully done and the colours are great!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, a Pauline card! This makes my day! Love that you water colored, and so beautifully done. Pretty colors you chose with the rusty orange mum and prettiest blue background. Your background is fabulous! Your shading almost makes the mum look cut out and popped up. Also love that sweet and perfectly matched bow. This is one of my favorite fancy dies, too, and I have to not let myself overuse it because I love it so much. See, now I want to go water color. I do a little coloring every morning before I go to work and when I'm at work all I want to do is go home and color. By the time I get home from work I'm too wiped out to enjoy it. That will all be history pretty soon. I can hardly wait!

Dana White said...

Pauline tbis is gorgeous. Your shading on the flower is perfect.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful water coloring.... Wow! I like that you framed it up with a great die and beautiful flower.

Leslie said...

Dana is getting me into distress inks and watercolouring! Your colours are beautiful and honestly, you are the Queen of dies!!

Tracy said...

I have been SOOO busy lately I'm WAY behind on commenting, but boy is it ever a treat to catch up with what you've been creating. This is stunning. I adore you water color painting. It's such a fun medium and you have that little bit of "how will it turn out" surprise each time. LOL