Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made for the Featured Stamper Challenge.  I host this challenge once a month and it is always fun to go on a search to find a new featured stamper to present. This week I chose Donna Idlet’s lovely gallery of projects for our challengers to use for inspiration.  My card was inspired by Donna’s A Bouquet of Flowers For You. I kept Donna’s flower and frame theme but changed the color combination and used one large flower instead of creating a bouquet.  I was really excited to play with the newly released Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony Stamp Set, Mondo Peony Die Set and Lovely Sentiment set and this challenge was the perfect opportunity.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 left

I don’t watercolor often any more since I use mostly dies for my projects.  I enjoyed using my brush and reinkers to color the flower and foliage but I didn’t do as well as I would like in creating darker and lighter shades of color.  I had an even harder time getting good photos that actually showed the small amount of shading that I was able to accomplish.  I just couldn’t win.  LOL! 

I stamped the images on hot pressed watercolor paper with versa and embossed with gold embossing paper.  The lines on the flower are very delicate and I felt I would have a much crisper outcome with the versa and gold embossing with the smooth finish of the hot pressed paper.  I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey reinkers for the flower and Peeled Paint reinker for the foliage.  I use the lids of my ink pads as palettes when I watercolor.  That way whatever reinker is left will be there the next time you need it.  I painted the images before I cut them out with the dies.  I painted a small border of color outside the lines of the images so when I die cut them out the outer edges around the lines would not be white. I stamped, embossed and painted two different flowers. I used one as the base flower and cut across the middle of the flower petals with my scissors to create a partial flower to pop up on the base of the flower to create dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 center

I cut the frame using my Nesting Squares and attached it to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape. The flower base and partial flower were attached together with mounting tape and then attached to the card base with mounting tape.  The foliage pieces were  lightly formed with my fingers and then tucked in and attached around the flower glossy accents. My favorite thing about this card is the precious “If Flowers Could Hug I Would Send You A Thousand” sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 right

If you want to see some exquisite examples of this gorgeous flower click on this link to go look at the samples on the store site for the Mondo Hydrangea.  There is no way I could come close to the beautiful work these ladies did to show off this set.

I hope you have a great day and I appreciate you coming by.

Card size:  5.25” Square