It’s Gina K’s turn for a STAMPtember exclusive today with the beautiful Festive Flower set, and you can also get this as a bundle with matching dies. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
You can’t beat a beautiful Christmas poinsettia bouquet and gorgeous script sentiments!
It seems that I am sticking to a tried and tested formula on my recent cards – a simple design of no-line watercoloured focal point mounted on a kraft card base. The ingredients for this formula are ones I would highly recommend anyone having in their craft supplies:
- decent watercolours – I like to use Daniel Smith
- good quality watercolour card – I use Arches and prefer the texture of cold-pressed
- Antique Linen Distress ink to stamp the image for a no-line look
- Perfect Pearls, Winsor & Newton white gouache and occasionally Daniel Smith Iridescent Gold for lots of lovely splatters
- Neenah Desert Storm 100lb card for creating sturdy card bases
I turn to this formula again and again so even though some of the supplies are not the cheapest, I get good use out of them, and they pay their way. So far I’ve used this formula for my 01 September reveal day card and also for the two previous days of exclusives – Colorado Crafts and Newton’s Nook. Seriously, give it a go! Do you have a tried and tested formula that works for you? I’d love to hear about it if so.
When watercolouring this beautiful image, I chose a different colour for the various types of foliage to give variation, and I always aim for shadows and highlights to help define one petal or leaf from another.
I’m always hesitant about stamping a sentiment over a watercolour, partially because if I mess up, then the time taken to paint the piece has gone to waste. Also, because I like a cold-pressed watercolour card, it is more challenging to get a cleanly stamped impression. However, this is where the Misti comes into its own! I stamped the sentiment overlapping the watercolour and heat embossed with Antique Gold embossing powder, but the impression was ‘skipping’ in places, and so I placed the card back in the Misti and repeated the process to get a better impression.
Here’s my second card with this Festive Flower set, I used the same offset design but this time I kept it quick and simple by stamping the bouquet on Tim Holtz Rose Gold Metallic card and white heat embossing – there’s such a shimmer on this card I love it!
I then stamped the same image twice more on vellum, and after white heat embossing, I cut out the poinsettia elements and layered over the top. I kept them in place with foam adhesive in the centre of the flower and then disguised the adhesive by adding a Rose Triad gem with Crystal Gems all around.
I stamped a simple sentiment from the Tabbed Sentiments Holiday set in clear embossing ink and heat embossed with Antique Gold powder, trimmed to a banner and added with foam adhesive to the top right of the panel. While I had the foam tape out, I also added the panel to an Ivory card base.
Here’s where we are at with the STAMPtember fun so far. You can always check out this STAMPtember Exclusives page to see the new sets which are revealed daily.
- 01 September Simon Says Stamp new release
- 02 September STAMPtember Blog Party
- 03 September Colorado Crafts Exclusive
- 04 September Newton’s Nook Exclusive
- 05 September Gina K Exclusive stamp and set with matching dies
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or shop icon to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I genuinely appreciate your support.
Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D