…and I’m addicted to flowers. Peonies from The Ton, to be exact.
I am so terribly, utterly thrilled to be doing my first post as a Design Team member for The Ton Stamps, and so it took me a few tries to create a card with which I was satisfied. (Perfectionist, much?) Anyway, The Ton’s peony stamps are amongst my favorite stamps… ever…. so I had to create a card marrying my two favorite things: peonies and watercolor.
I started with a sheet of my favorite Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and heat embossed the blooms and leaves from Peonies 1, 2, and 3 with gold embossing powder. Peonies are out of season right now, so I wanted to come up with a color scheme that was a bit more seasonally appropriate than my typical pink peonies. (Oh, is there anything lovelier than a pink peony?) I decided on a red, black, and white color scheme with touches of gold, and so used my Zig Clean Color markers and Distress Inks in various shades of red and pink to watercolor my flowers. After they and the leaves were dry, I fussy cut them out and went to work on the background.
I wanted something relatively simple for the background, so as not to detract from the flowers, and so I grabbed the Polka Dot background… that thing is awesome. I hate having to try to line up dinky little polka dot stamps to cover my card front, and this massive 6×6 stamp makes life simpler. Anyway, I stamped the full stamp on some 6×6 card stock so that I could trim the sides down to the optimal size. For the sentiment, I took a strip of black card stock and heat embossed the sentiment (from Large Peony 3) in gold, then trimmed it down and cut flags on the ends. Tip: if you’re using an anti-static powder tool on black card stock, use a regular white pencil eraser after heat embossing to remove that unsightly white halo of powder.
The large scale of these fabulous blooms lend themselves well to large cards; in this case, I was able to create a 5×7 card. I arranged the blooms in a sort of swag on the polka dot panel, popping up the middle bloom to add some dimension. I adhered everything onto a black card base. I think I might be giving this one to my cousin for her wedding… These large cards are great for truly special occasions, and the wedding of my bff is a perfect excuse for this super-sized card!
I hope you have enjoyed my first post! I am so very excited and honored to be here amongst such talented ladies. Have a fabulous week, friends!