Sunday, October 9, 2016

Always Playing With Paper #81

We have such a great inspiration image today over at The Challenge #81 and it's so colorful that I wanted to play along. I find the Red blooms in the turquoise jars to be beautiful and the touches of gold in the photo add instant elegance and is one of the reasons I like to use gold in my projects.

I started by stamping the Poppy image from Botanical Blocks III Stamp Set in Versamark onto Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper and heat setting it using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I watercolored the poppy using Pure Poppy Reinker for the bloom, Deep Green Zig Marker for the foliage, and Light Blue Zig Marker for the sky.  I also used a Black Zig Marker for the center of the poppy.  I had watercolored a few other things yesterday morning so I set each aside as I completed them, returning back to them after they were dry. That was actually a very efficient way to work rather than doing all parts of each card one at a time. Once my image was completely dry, I gave the watercolor paper an all over spritz of Shimmer Spray and then went back over the petals on the bloom with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen.

Next I trimmed out the piece of watercolor paper and matted it in gold foiled cardstock then attached that to a top folding card base that had been cut using the Noted: A2 Scalloped Card Base using Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Cardstock.

I added a sentiment from the Caring Hearts Stamp Set using Versamark directly on the card base and heat set it using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.

This is such a striking color combination and not one I would have thought to try on my own. That is part of what makes challenges so great! Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are getting to enjoy some of this same gorgeous fall weather we're having here in Oklahoma.


  1. This is stunning and I love that you used a turquoise card base! It's so elegant and bold!

  2. This is beautiful! I love the gold embossing. Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

  3. Vicki, this is gorgeous! The gold embossing on the turquoise is fabulous! I love the way you framed the beautiful bloom in gold foil! XX


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