Monday, April 27, 2009

Mother's Day Idea

Perfect for Mother's Day or any spring occasion is this beautiful Flower Pot Card. This is a bit of a twist on a new variation of watercoloring that was shown recently at the Seattle Regionals by Connie Ingram. I, of course, had to try it my own way so here's what I did!

I stamped the flower images from Fifth Avenue Floral onto Whisper White Cardstock using Versamark Ink (be sure and use your Embossing Buddy first to avoid static cling). I sprinkled on Black Embossing Powder and heat set with the heat tool. Working on just one image at a time and working fairly quickly so it doesn't dry out, spritz one image with water to moisten the paper. On the roses, I used two colors and you want to begin with your lightest color first. I used Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose on the pink flower and Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac on the purple rose.

Squeeze a couple of drops of re-inker onto the lid of your corresponding stamp pad. Then, using my Aqua Painter filled with water, I squeezed a drop or two of water into the lightest color ink to dilute it just a bit and then saturated the stamped image with the lighter color. The trick is to make sure the paper stays very moist. Moving quickly to the darker color ink (again putting a couple of drops of re-inker into the lid) I picked up the color with the Aqua Painter and applied it on the ends of flower petals. Squeeze more water from your Aqua Painter when you need to in order to keep everything very moist. Set the stamped image aside to dry (it takes quite a while to dry, you can lightly hit it with the heat tool but you don't want to over-cook the embossing powder).

As it drys, it will continue to blend a bit and the color will lighten slightly. So, when you come back to look at your dried image, it will be slightly different from when you left it. I colored the smaller flowers in a similar fashion using just one color, Taken with Teal.

Hello Everyone!
What a wonderful project as usual from our Design Team Member, Gretchen Barron. I am so thrilled with every thing I see from our creative Diva.
Thanks as always for sharing such wonderful projects with us.
Happy Stampin'


Adriana Benitez said...

The embossing makes it pop more. Great twist on the technique. Love it! TFS,

carolm said...

this card is just gorgeous gretchen!!!


Carpenter's said...

Oh my goodness, this is absolutley adorable!!!! Thanks for sharing.