I used this lovely Spring Flowers stamp set for the Reason To Smile Blog Hop on Friday; such a fun, inspiration-packed hop to celebrate all the new spring goodies. For the hop I used the set in a clean more graphic tone on tone way but it is also a lovely set for a watercolored wild flower meadow too. The sweep of the images just brings to my mind the flowers being buffeted by spring breezes. I heat embossed the flowers on Arches watercolored card and painted with a variety of Schmincke and Daniel Smith watercolors. However, let’s take a look at that heat embossing. Often as not I white heat emboss flowers for a lovely ethereal feel and I love the way this looks but you can lose some of the details. On this card, for example, if I’d white heat embossed you wouldn’t have been able to distinguish the dotted lines of the images as well unless I’d applied lots of color to those areas. So I wanted to emboss these images in a more distinguishable color and I reached for the new embossing powders from Simon Says Stamp. Here’s what they look like in comparison to their Gold embossing powder.
Rose Gold is rich and warm with coppery tones where as Antique Gold also has a pink warmth to it but is a softer and more muted color … the Antique Gold is the one for me from now on! A modern gold if you will, pink tones but oh so subtle and just perfect for these watercolored flowers.
Having waited for the watercoloring to dry I then cut it with a Stitched Rectangle to give it a nice finish and here’s where I was in a quandary – how to fit a sentiment on there without covering up too much! Well, vellum saved the day yet again; I stamped the sentiment from the Friendship Blooms set in Versamark and Antique Gold embossed before wrapping the vellum strip around the panel and securing on the back.
Here’s a look back at the other card I made with this set, totally different! Oh but I did get vellum on there too LOL.
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