Hello there Joy Clair friends! It's Kerry here to share a special collection of projects featuring the Paisley Bouquet stamp set! This set has to be one of the most intricate and beautiful floral sets I've played with in a LONG time and I am so in love! I love the variety of floral blooms and the stunning font. This IS gorgeous, don't you think?
Let's take a peek at my first card project, shall we?
My finished project just blossomed as I completed watercoloring the base cardstock and the blooms. It's amazing how patience and perfect placement can create a gorgeous layout design. I tried so many different layouts of the watercolored blooms, but was not satisfied with any arrangement. I decided to cut out a white background element using a stock image from my Silhouette Cameo and started laying out the pieces. Soon enough, I settled on the layout you see above...It makes me think of a perfect little posy pot and I was proud of myself for allowing the posies to guide my hands in perfect placement.
Let's dig a bit deeper into the process of creating this card. First, I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto some light blue cardstock. After that, I used my Staedtler Aquarell Watercolor pencils (I have a small 12 pack). When I watercolor on cardstock, I apply the color using a 00 size paintbrush and barely any water. I apply water to my brush, brush the tip of the pencil to pick up some color and start coloring. I make sure the brush is not saturated with water and doesn't leave a pool of color on the paper. To me, it's pretty dry. I use this technique because I find I can control the "Bloom" of the watercolor, helps me avoid paper tears/curls and it allows me to determine where I want blending and shadowing.
After coloring the whole page, I rubbed some Gold PanPastel over that using my finger. That allowed my watercolor to appear less vibrant and more set into the background. I matted the inked panel onto light pink cardstock and then onto some Watermelon cardstock. Then, I started coloring the flowers.
The flowers were watercolored in the same manner and PanPastel was applied over them after being fussy cut. I attached some foam squares to the back to give them some dimension on the card. Adding some sparkle to the center of each flower was next. I just love sparkle! After all blooms were dry, I applied the white diecut, added some ribbon and then attached the flowers. The sentiment was the final touch to finish this card off!
After finishing cards, I usually have some strips of paper left over from "trimming". I decided to use them this time as the paisley pattern was too gorgeous to toss. Most times, I usually keep a stack of "strippy" extras and spend my Sunday's creating cards with my scraps. I recommend everyone do this. It's so fun and it's amazing how your scraps can become treasures in just a short period of time!
Take a look at my Scraps-to-Treasure card!
I hope you enjoyed these creations and remember...don't toss your scraps right away! They're worthy of prominence on a card too! You'll see!