(Oy with the alliteration, already…)
Hello, friends, and Happy Friday! Emily here for you today with a pair of preppy, springy cards. I hope you’re okay with some watercoloring, because while both cards are in the same color scheme, they both feature a different watercoloring medium. Let’s get started!
The first card is a 5.5 inch square card. I like to use those big, beautiful 6×6 backgrounds on square cards, because it is the best way to utilize as much of the gorgeous illustration as possible. For this card, I started with a 6×6 piece of hot pressed watercolor paper, as it yields the best results when heat embossing a large image, and I heat embossed the Rose Garden Background stamp using white pearl embossing powder. I then used Dr. Ph Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors to add the color to these pretty roses. These watercolors certainly create a different overall feel, as there is less control over where the color is most concentrated, but it’s a more artistic feel, I think.
I added a die cut Congratulations (I thought this background would be perfect for a wedding card), covered it in some Glossy Accents, then added Mercedes Blue sequins. I cut the background down to a 5×5 inch square, matted it on a 5.25×5.25 square of deep pink card stock, then mounted it on a white 5.5×5.5 inch card base.
For my next project, I utilized the same preppy royal blue, hot pink, and white color scheme, but this card has a completely different feel. I started by stamping peonies from Large Peony 1, Large Peony 3, and the Peony Garden background using a neon purple waterproof ink on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper. I hadn’t intended for it to look like no-line watercoloring, but with the deep magenta Zig marker I ended up choosing combined with the neon purple stamped image, it sort of turned out that way. I colored three different peonies and some foliage, then fussy cut them.
My next step was to stamp the super preppy background using the Haute Stripes stamp set with the brand new Azurite Dye Ink. (This is such a perfect, gorgeous blue. Wow!) If you’re like me and are somewhat particular about straight lines with this background stamp, I have a tip for you if you’re using a MISTI- use a piece of scratch paper or the grid paper that comes with the MISTI and stamp your stripes. Use that as your guide for lining up your panel to get perfectly straight lines. Woohoo! After stamping, I die cut the panel using the new Stitched Rectangle dies.
Next-the sentiment. I die cut the Fabulous word die from some gold foil card stock and stamped the “you are” (from Thanks a Bunch) using Noir ink. After I had arranged my flowers on my card front, I decided that, because the card is a 5×7 and so has lots of real estate to cover, the corners needed a little extra something, so I pulled out Mini Wild Florals and created some sort of hyacinth-y sprays using Iris Blooms, Violet Fringe, and Deep Emerald inks. The last step was to add some sequins- Light Plum, Smoked Amethyst, and Triple Purple Crown.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this preppy little card set! Have a fabulous weekend, friends!