Thursday, April 21, 2016

Color Throwdown #389

Over at the Color Throwdown Challenge this week, the colors are Orange, Pink, & Green. Any shades in those color families is fine to use. I wanted to watercolor this new image that came in the mail on Monday called "Organic Blooms" from Mama Elephant.  I really like the size of the image as it takes up a good deal of the front of a card.  In fact, by the time I cut it down to fit on the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle, I lose just a bit off one side.  I won't always want to layer it, but I did for this card.

With this stamp set, the bouquet arranging is completely done for you which is great for me as I'm not that good at masking with heat embossing. I tend to mess up one part before I can get the next part done.  Masking is a tricky technique for heat embossing, but one I'm hoping to master sometime soon.

On a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper, I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed it using Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  For my watercolor I used my favorite medium, Distress Markers, in Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint.

I did all of the leaves in this image by scribbling some ink onto an acrylic block and picking up the color from there. I have to say, that is not my favorite.  I don't like all the hard edges that happened as a result of the water pooling but I know some people like it when that happens. I wanted to try it and it's okay but it's not my style really and I probably won't do it that way again. I definitely wanted that olive color tone that is shown in the inspiration image.  The Worn Lipstick is definitely kind of a coral-y pink that I knew would look great with the Ripe Persimmon of all the buds.  I tend not to use a lot of Olive Green, but I should do it more often as it is a natural complement for many floral arrangements.  All the watercolor has a coat of Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer over the top to go with the metallic sparkle of the embossing powder.

Once the watercolor was completely dry, I stamped my greeting from Papertrey Ink's Scripted Stamp Set, also using Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  "Just Because" are my favorite kind of cards to send out.  This one is really simple and straight forward but the watercolor really helps it to have high impact as soon as the recipient opens the envelope.

A dear friend told me yesterday, "You are using your God given talents to bless others.  Don't ever think it isn't a blessing because it is."  And that folks, is why I make cards. Have a great day everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll be back soon with another project to share with everyone.


  1. Oh how pretty! I love the gold embossed flowers and the beautiful coloring! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at the Color Throwdown this week!

  2. Gorgeous flowers and love that gold sentiment!! So glad you joined us at CTD!!


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