Sunday, July 10, 2016

Magnolias For Her... Again

I felt like it had been ages since I last sat down to watercolor so I wanted to do some yesterday. I saw a card yesterday morning on another blog and it reminded me how much I love this set.  The current challenge over at the CAS Mix-Up Challenge is for Stamping, Markers and my choice of a 3rd technique. For today's card I used Stamping & Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, with heat embossing, Die Cutting and Sprays.  I also plan to enter this card in the Altenew July 2016 Challenge of "Weddings".  It doesn't have the yellow color in the inspiration image, but it does feature Altenew Stamps, Dies and Cardstock with the white, pink and green, so I'm entering it.

To begin with, I stamped all of the flowers in the Altenew Magnolias for Her Stamp Set except for the sentiments using Versamark onto a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper which is my favorite.  In fact, I ordered a pad of this paper yesterday in Bright White which is a new product for them. The Bristol I normally use is a soft white rather than a cream like most watercolor papers and if I am water coloring on it, then it's no big deal usually.  But occasionally if I am doing a white on white card the difference is noticeable.  Anyway, I heat embossed the blooms using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  This is still my favorite gold embossing powder.

I knew for the sentiment I wanted to use one from Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamp Set and I already had some of those stamped and heat embossed so I only needed to cut one of them out. I also stamped the branch from Vintage Flowers and heat embossed it in gold then went ahead and die cut it as it's a solid image and there is nothing to paint on it.

Next I cut a top folding card base with the Noted: Scalloped A2 Dies from Papertrey Ink out of Altenew's Spicy Yogurt Cardstock.  This card stock is so nice and I love it.  It's not quite as heavy as what I use most of the time but it's 92# cardstock so still quite a bit heavier than SU! Cardstock. I just got my first pack of 10 sheets and I know it's one I'll use over and over again for masculine and feminine cards.  It looks very much like a paper that Creative Memories used to have called Spargo.  It was my all time favorite and I used it like most people use White or Kraft Cardstock.  This paper is only available on the Altenew Website.  I haven't seen anything close to this anywhere else either.

I watercolored the blooms with my Zig Markers in Sugared Almond Pink and Olive Green.  It doesn't take much water to move the color around on the Bristol Paper and I also wanted soft color since this is a wedding card.  Once I had everything painted and the paper was completely dry, I die cut it using the Magnolia's For Her Coordinating Dies and started placing my elements onto my card front.  I have a magnolia tree in my yard so I know the branch isn't an accurate representation of how a real magnolia branch looks, but it's okay. It's just supposed to make the recipient smile.

I arranged the flowers and leaves along the branch and adhered them with a combination of Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Thin 3D Foam Squares.  I added some pale pink and iridescent sequins to the card then carefully misted the whole card front with Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  I let that dry and added a second coat. I love the delicate color in this card and I tried to capture the shimmer which is difficult on this speckled cardstock.  I hope you can see a little bit of it and imagine the rest.

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  1. Beautiful, softly colored flowers, Vicki! I love the added speckles of the cardstock base! A lovely wedding card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. That really is beautiful card stock for your card base Vicki. I am so entrenched with using white, that I forget there are other options. :) The watercoloured blooms are very pretty and beautifully arranged. The sparkle does show in the photo ... lovely finished detail. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  3. OMG this is STUNNING!! And it is perfect with gold embossing for a wedding card, makes it so elegant! Thank you for sharing this at CAS Mix Up Challenge!

  4. Linda E (uncbballfan)July 11, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    One of my stamping idols, Loll, commented on your card! I have a Pinterest board specifically for her cards - love her style.

    Vicki, this is gorgeous; so glad I ordered that Sparkle shimmer mist. And love your card base - I would never, ever have noticed this color on the Altenew site, but I love it!

  5. I love magnolias and you've certainly done them justice with the beautiful watercolouring - great use of your Zig markers! Love the shimmer and the gold embossing. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

  6. Love how you used the new scalloped base for this elegant card! Gorgeous card and blooms ,Vicki! It's stunning!

  7. Very elegant card! Love how the sequins look as if they are dewdrops!

  8. Beautiful card, these flowers are so pretty and make an elegant wedding card, Cathy x


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