Good morning, friends! Emily here with you today to share a pair of cards that I intended to get made for the blog hop last week, but didn’t quite have the time to finish them. Both are using our new peony stamps (shocker) and my Zig watercolor markers (even bigger shocker). Let’s get started!
This first project was inspired by a catalog that I received from a paper goods store. The cover had a cascade of tissue paper peonies dripping diagonally down the front, and I knew I had to recreate it with my stamps. I started with a 5.5×5.5 inch panel of white card stock that I stamped with the Haute Stripes background stamp using Blue Diamond ink. My next step was to stamp the large “happy” sentiment from Brushed: Happy using Versamark ink on some heavy vellum with some pretty cornflower blue embossing powder that I found in my stash. I fussy cut it and set it aside.
Next came the super fun part: the peonies. The Happiest of Peonies and Loose Peonies sets are a perfect match for each other. (They’re the same images, but in different sizes. Yay!) In order to create my little swag for the corner, I simply heat embossed all of the floral images from both sets onto watercolor paper (my current favorite is Canson Montval Cold Press) using Versamark and white satin pearl embossing powder from my stash. I love pink and pale blue together, so I decided to color the blooms in various shades of cool pinks using my Zig markers and wet paintbrush. After they were dry, I simply arranged them on my card base and used a new trick I’ve just learned about to adhere them to my card base: Glad Press ‘n Seal. You simply place the Press ‘n Seal over your arranged bouquet, lift it up and flip it over, add your adhesive, then flip it back over onto your card base. I used scor-tape on my blooms, so I didn’t have to worry about dry time. I added my vellum sentiment using 1/8 inch scor-tape (it fits perfectly behind the “fat” lines on the sentiment) and added the “wedding” portion of my sentiment (also from Brushed: Happy) using Parisian Blue dye ink. The final touch was a few Light Blue Topaz sequins scattered here and there amongst the blooms. If I had it to do over again, I think I would have arranged the blooms in more of an ombre cascade, but c’est la vie.
My next project is inspired by a technique I’ve seen floating about on Instagram. To start, you heat emboss a piece of vellum with a lined image (like this one from Happiest of Peonies), then stamp it again on your card base in the same spot, so that you can lay your vellum over top of the card base and your image on the card base will show through as a very muted version of the image. I heat embossed this image in the corner of my A2 vellum panel using white satin pearl embossing powder, but if and when I do it again, I will use regular white EP or perhaps silver. I embossed the sentiment (from Fresh Cut Orchid) with platinum embossing powder.
I had created a top-folding card base using some Strathmore cold press 500 series watercolor paper, and so stamped my image from Happiest of Peonies in the same spot as on the vellum using some neon purple waterproof ink. Because the colors that show through the vellum are going to be far more muted than they are on the paper, I chose to use purple and fuchsia Zig markers so that the colors would still somewhat maintain their vibrant shade. After coloring the blooms, I outlined everything with a pale sky blue Zig marker and spread the color around with lots of water.
The final step was to adhere the vellum panel to the card base, making certain to align the outline image up with the stamped and colored image on the card base. I placed a strip of 1/8″ scor-tape along the top fold of the card base, then adhered my vellum to it. I covered it up with a strip of glitter tape in a complementary shade of pink.
Well, that’s all for me today! I’m so thrilled that Effie has added more peonies to our line up, because they are the most fun stamps to play with in my craft room! Have a fantastic week, friends!