Watercoloring Die Cuts with Color Fuse Inks

Watercoloring die cuts like the flowers and foliage on this project is a fun technique for coloring images.  I used hot press watercolor to cut the flowers and foliage and used Color Fuse inks to color them.  Hot press watercolor paper is very smooth and is the perfect base for creating gorgeous color and shading.  For this project I used the Organic Shapable Daisy, Flower #5 (large leaves), Wreath Set and Tiny Flower Buds. I used Color Fuse Set #5 for the flower and Color Fuse Set #11 for the foliage.

Watercoloring die cuts cut from watercolor paper like the flowers and foliage on this project is a great technique for adding beautiful color to the images.

The Card Base

  • Cut an A2 sized white card base and a 5.25″ x 4.00″ white card layer.
  • Emboss the white layer using a pretty patterned embossing folder. Note:  I used the Starry Night embossing folder and I believe it is now retired.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the embossed layer and attach it to the card base.

Watercolor the Flower and Foliage

Watercoloring die cuts.

  • Cut the flower and foliage sections using hot press watercolor. I cute two sections of flowers, five sections of the fern image and one section of the large leaves.
  • Spritz each section with a mini mister to create a wet base on the paper.  Note:  I mist one section at a time and then add color.
  • Squish the ink pad on a palette.  Note:  I like to use an acrylic block but you can also apply the ink on a regular watercolor palette or craft sheet.
  • Pick up the ink off the palette using a water brush and paint the image.  Note:  I use a water brush filled with water but you can easily use a regular watercolor brush.
  • The Color Fuse inks are wonderful and create gorgeous colors on the images. I got so involved with coloring that I only remembered to take a photo of coloring the flower but I used the same technique to color the foliage.

Watercoloring die cuts cut from watercolor paper like the flowers and foliage on this project is an easy technique for adding beautiful color to the images.

Shaping the Flower and Foliage

  • Place the flower sections face down on the molding pad and roll over the petals using a large round stylus.
  • Turn the flower sections face up on the mold pad and push down in the center with the small round stylus.
  • Attach the flower sections together using glossy accents. Note: Check out my flower shaping tutorials if you would like to videos of how I shape my flowers.
  • Cut the tiny flower buds using white cardstock.
  • Place the tiny flower buds face up on the molding pad and form using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the small flower centers and tiny flower buds to the flower center using glossy accents.
  • Place the fern sections face up on the molding pad and gently form the tips using the leaf tool.
  • Use your fingers to gently roll and curl the large leaves.

Arrange the Flower and Foliage

  • Attach the large leaves to the card base using glossy accents to create the foliage base for the flower.
  • Attach the flower to the card base using a double layer of mounting tape to hold it up above the foliage.
  • Tuck the fern sections under the flower and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut a few branches from the Wreath set using white cardstock.
  • Tuck the white branches under the flower and attach using glossy accents.  Note: I thought the white branches added another interesting element to the arrangement.
  • Stamp the With Love sentiment on a thin strip of white cardstock using Nocturne ink.
  • Tuck the sentiment strip under the foliage and attach to the card base with a strip of mounting tape.

Watercoloring die cuts cut from watercolor paper like the flowers and foliage on this project is a fun technique for adding beautiful color to the images.

Do you like watercoloring die cuts for your cards?  I was so happy with how my colors turned out on both the flower and foliage.  The Color Fuse inks created such vivid colors on my images and I love how the colors pop off the embossed white background.  Check out my Paper Flower Shaping post to see another technique using Color Fuse inks to color my flowers. You can find tons of inspiration for watercoloring die cuts on Pinterest. Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Here are the Rubbernecker products used on this project.

 
5301-05D Organic Shapable Daisy Die
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5175-05D Flower #5 Die Cut
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5217-03D Wreath Set Die
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Color Fuse Set #5
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Here are the tools and supplies used.

 
Hot Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12,…
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Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,…
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Long Large, ZIG Watercolor BrusH20
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Ranger Mini Mister, Individual
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Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Elizabeth…
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Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Die Cut and Watercolor Flower Cards

I have so much fun creating die cut and watercolor flower cards.  My project today was made using the Rubbernecker Flowers in the Breeze to create the colorful watercolor flower picture. This is the second of the Rubbernecker watercolor flower sets I’ve tried and I love the addition of the die cut flowers, foliage and double matted frame. 

Die cut and watercolor flower cards are so pretty.

My watercolor flowers were made using four step stamping. I secured the cold pressed watercolor paper and first stamp in my MISTI, applied color using Memento Rose Bud and Distress Shaded Lilac markers, misted with water and stamped.  I held the stamp in place for a few seconds to allow the watery colors to spread on the paper.  I applied Peeled Paint ink to the second stamp using the ink pad, misted and stamped.  I used a Memento Pear Tart maker to color the third stamp, misted and stamped.  I finished by applying color to the fourth stamp using a Distress Stormy Sky marker, misted and stamped.

Die cut and watercolor flower cards are easy to make.

The frame was made using the Rubbernecker Oval Stitched One Piece Combined Die. The die cut flower was made using the Mixable Flower Stack Die.  The foliage was made using the Small Leaf Group Die and I used the Small Butterfly Die to finish.

I cut the oval stitched frame twice and attached the two layers together with thin strips of mounting tape. I secured the frame in place over the watercolor flower picture using ATG adhesive.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the flower sections and attached them together with glossy accents. I gently curved the leaves of the foliage using the stylus and molding pad. I arranged and attached the leaves and the flower to the frame using glossy accents. I applied tiny pre made white Nuvo Crystal Drops to the to the butterfly and flowers using glossy accents.

Die cut and watercolor flower cards are fun and easy to make.

Rubbernecker has a very helpful video tutorial on the Flowers in the Breeze link showing how to use this four step flower set to create a lovely watercolor flower picture. Scroll down to find the tutorial.

Thank you for coming by today.  I am looking forward to making more die cut and watercolor flower cards and I hope you have been inspired to try combining these techniques.

 
Flowers in the breeze – 713
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Oval Stitch One Piece Combined Die…
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5109D
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Small Leaf Group Die 5110D
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Small Butterfly Die Cut 5100-08D
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Canson Arches French Bound Cold Press…
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Berry Burst 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock by…
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Old Olive Cardstock 8.50″ x 11″
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Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,…
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Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Peeled Paint
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Memento Marker, Pear Tart
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Memento Marker, Rose Bud
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Ranger Distress Marker, Stormy Sky
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Ranger Distress Marker, Shaded Lilac
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My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched…
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My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser…
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Susan’s Garden 4pcs. all metal tool set
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Large Molding Pad (6.5″ X 12″/16.5mm…
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Ranger Mini Mister Set
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Ranger Mini Mister, Individual
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gloss White
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Ranger Accents, Mini Glossy Accents
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Be Creative Tape, 7mm (3/10″)
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Be Creative Tape, 15mm (3/5″)
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Be Creative Tape, 25mm (1″)
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Be Creative Tape, 5mm (1/4″)
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Be Creative Tape, 3mm (1/8″)
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EK Tools, Precision 5 Inch Scissors…
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Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Glue Dots, 3/8″ (4029)
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Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
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Glue Dots, Micro (1/8″)
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Ranger Accents, Glossy Accents
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Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer…
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Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate Glue, 4 oz.
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PanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk
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Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)
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Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine…
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Memory Box Dies, Metal Adaptor Plate
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Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic…
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Sizzix Accessory – Precision Base…
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Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray
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Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt…
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Framed Watercolor Wildflowers

I have had my eye on the Rubbernecker watercolor flower sets for quite a while and finally decided to give one a try and create a framed watercolor wildflowers card.  It didn’t turn out quite like I thought it would but I thought it was pretty enough to post it.  My project was made using the Wildflowers in the Wind, Nested Rectangle Die Set, Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Set, Small Leaf Group Die and Small Butterfly.

Framed watercolor wildflowers are so pretty to make.The set is a four part stamp set.  I used cold pressed watercolor paper and my MISTI to stamp the images.  I have to admit that I experimented distress ink pads but finally ended up using several Memento Markers for the flowers and Peeled Paint for the grass and stems. The great thing about using the MISTI is that I was able to stamp the images more than once.  I lightly misted the stamps before stamping.  Rubbernecker has created very informative video tutorials for many of the watercolor flower sets.  

Framed watercolor wildflowers are so easy to make.Once I was finished with my flower scene I was puzzled about what color cardstock to use.  I finally settled on the Bazzill Mulberry paper paired with Stampin’ Up! Old Olive.  I created a double matted frame and attached it over the flower scene using strips of mounting tape.  Although I really liked my flowers I couldn’t resist adding a few die cut leaves and a butterfly.  I added the tiny pearls to the butterfly and the sparkling clear sequins to add a touch of bling.

Framed watercolor wildflowers look so pretty on a card front.Thank you so much for coming by today.  If you like making floral projects I hope you will try making your own framed watercolor wildflowers.

 
Wildflowers in the Wind – 830
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Nested Rectangle Die Cut Set 5003D
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Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Cut 5028D
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Small Leaf Group Die 5110D
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Small Butterfly Die Cut 5100-08D
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Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Peeled Paint
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Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Squeezed…
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Memento Marker, Grape Jelly
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Memento Marker, Lady Bug
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Memento Marker, Lilac Posies
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Memento Marker, Lulu Lavender
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Memento Marker, Rose Bud
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Canson Arches French Bound Cold Press…
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Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock,…
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Old Olive Cardstock 8.50″ x 11″
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My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched…
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Ranger Mini Mister Set
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Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 3mm Cupped,…
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Pearls, Champagne
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My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser…
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Be Creative Tape, 7mm (3/10″)
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Be Creative Tape, 15mm (3/5″)
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Be Creative Tape, 25mm (1″)
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Be Creative Tape, 5mm (1/4″)
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Be Creative Tape, 3mm (1/8″)
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EK Tools, Precision 5 Inch Scissors…
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Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Glue Dots, 3/8″ (4029)
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Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
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Glue Dots, Micro (1/8″)
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Ranger Accents, Mini Glossy Accents
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Ranger Accents, Glossy Accents
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Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer…
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Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate Glue, 4 oz.
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Susan’s Garden 4pcs. all metal tool set
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Large Molding Pad (6.5″ X 12″/16.5mm…
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PanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk
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Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)
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Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine…
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Scor-Pal Glitter Clean-Up Cloth
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Memory Box Dies, Metal Adaptor Plate
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Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic…
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Sizzix Accessory – Precision Base…
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Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray
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Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt…
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Clean and Simple Watercolored Hydrangea

Good Thursday morning.  Today is day six of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty challenges.  My card today was made for Sandee’s challenge.  You can find the details of all the challenges here but you need to be a Fan Club member.  If you would like to check out how to become a Fan Club member click here

I used the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and Mondo Hydrangea Die Set for my project and tried my hand at watercoloring the images.  Sadly the photos do not really show how pretty the flower is. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 left

I secured my hot press watercolor paper in place in my MISTI and set the stamps in place.  I used Spun Sugar and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to apply the green and pink to the stamp, misted the stamp and paper and stamped the image. I stamped the image a second time to get good coverage and then used my waterbrush and reinkers to pull the colors out into the blossoms and leaves.  I added darker shades of pink using Worn Lipstick reinker and added bits of green back for the flower centers and stems.  By this time I had mostly obliterated the outline of the petals so I applied Worn Lipstick to the stamp and stamped over the flower again.  I had actually removed the stamp from my MISTI so I had to line it up by eye. So you can see the petals are a little off but I still really like how it turned out.  I always color outside of the lines of flower stamped images when I am going to die cut them so the white border doesn’t show.  I don’t like those white borders very much.  The flower and leaves were die cut and you can barely see any border at all.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 center

I was not as pleased with how the leaves turned out.  So I decided to try applying versa and clear embossing powder to them and heated.  They came out looking much better.  So I embossed the whole flower as well.  It did brighten the colors.  I attached the flower to the card base with mounting tape.  I gently formed the leaves a little with my fingers  and attached them with glossy accents. I finished by adding a soft white multi loop bow.  You can check out my multi loop bow tutorial here.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 right

Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Branch Framed Garden Scene

Good Monday afternoon.  I have a stamped watercolor garden scene to share with you today using the Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Set, Watercolor Foliage Set and Watercolor Flower Set paired with the Impression Obsession Branches Corner.  I used my retired Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Mini fern stamp to create the leaves on the trees. I used Distress Markers to apply ink to the stamps and used water brushes to  pull the color out for the grass and lightly touched the flowers to soften.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 3 right

I secured the watercolor paper in my MISTI with the magnets and set the tree stamp in place, applied ink and stamped a couple of times to get good coverage.  I repeated this  step two more times to create three trees.  You can really only see two well in the scene.  I tried something different for my trees this time and I like how it worked.  I stamped the trees in green thinking it would be easier to cover the upper branches when applying leaves.  Then I took my brown marker and colored over the green trunk and lower branches.  It worked great. Next I stamped the leaves using a darker green and lighter green to fill in the tree.  I used the darker green to stamp the grass images leaving small spaces in between each image.  I added purple flowers all around the tree trunks and ground area.  Then I used a damp brush to pull the green from the grass images to fill in all around the flowers and used a wet brush to pull the green out to the edges of the scene.  I added a few pink flowers in the background to draw the eye back.  I applied tiny dots of white gel pen to the center of each of the purple flowers. I finished the scene by sponging blue in the sky area using an ink blending tool.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 3 center

I cut four Branches Corners to use to create the branch frame.  I applied double stick tape to the back three sides of the frame.  I attached one full branch in the left corner, turned one on it’s side and attached to the right side of the frame.  I cut the other two branches apart and attached to the lower sides of the frame.  I attached the scene to the card base using ATG adhesive.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the scene to finish.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 3 left

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great Monday and good week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Watercolored Mondo Hydrangea

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was inspired by yesterday’s CLASSroom post showing projects using bright colors with black and white.  I love Julie’s Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea Die Set and paired them with a white sentiment layer cut using the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.  I don’t watercolor nearly as often as I used to and I was excited to pull out my Distress reinkers and give it a whirl.  I thought the hydrangea colored in bright pink and bright green foliage would be so pretty against the black polka dot paper.  I didn’t want to use black for the stamped image so I turned to gold embossed lines.  I think it is so pretty.  My pictures just don’t do it justice.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3 right

I applied embossing magic to hot pressed watercolor paper, set the paper and stamp in my MISTI and stamped the images with versa.  I applied gold super fine embossing powder and heated with my heat gun.  Next I used a fairly large round brush to apply water over the hydrangea image and then applied a light layer of Spun Sugar reinker.  I applied the ink outside of the flower lines so when I die cut it there wouldn’t be a while outline as I don’t like that very much. While the flower was still wet I dipped my brush in full strength Worn Lipstick reinker and dabbed around the wet outer center of the flowers.  Next I applied full strength Scattered Straw ink to the center of each blossom and allowed the ink to spread a little out of the line to highlight. I repeated the same technique for my leaves using Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint reinkers.  I secured the dies in place over the images with painter’s tape and ran through my Big Shot.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3 center

I applied the polka dot paper to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped on the white scalloped layer and embossed with gold powder. I applied ATG adhesive across the straight edge of the white layer and thin strips of mounting tape along the scalloped border and attached to the card base.  The hydrangea and leaves were attached to the card base with mounting tape. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3 left jpg

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Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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