Soft, muted floral birthday bouquet with lots of dimension. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

Hello, I’m popping in today to tell you about the new Dear Friend release from Simon Says Stamp. I was delighted to see this Blissful Bouquet set in the release to indulge my love of painting florals.

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Before I jump into this card, please check out the new Dear Friend release from Simon Says Stamp. The Blissful Bouquet stamp and die set and the Best Year Yet stamp and die set that I used for this card are included in the release.

watercoloured bouquet with lots of dimension

Soft, muted floral birthday bouquet with lots of dimension. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

When starting a card such as this, I stamp out the images in the lightest ink and with a delicate hand to get the barest impression but just enough to work with. Then I die cut the images, popped a bit of adhesive on the back, and stuck them to a piece of scratch paper so that they weren’t moving around and were fiddly to work with.

Soft, muted floral birthday bouquet with lots of dimension. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I like to paint with light layers of watercolour, slowly building up the depth and interest. However, I kept a light hand on the central flower because I didn’t want it to lose that soft, airy look.

I added lots of foam adhesive to the back of the elements, a single layer for most pieces but a double layer for the focal point flower, so it stood out. Next, I arranged the bouquet on a painted background panel, using a white gesso base to add texture. I then painted with gouache and watercolours to give a hazy effect with a couple of points of deeper colour for interest.

Soft, muted floral birthday bouquet with lots of dimension. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

For the sentiment, I didn’t want to go with anything too heavy, so to fit the airy style, I used white heat embossing on vellum using the Best Year Yet stamp and die set.

Well. That’s me for today. I am back on the weekend with more to share. I hope you will join me then.

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* SSS Dear Friend Release
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* SSS Blissful Bouquet Set
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* SSS Blissful Bouquet
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* SSS Best Year Yet Set
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* Simon Says Stamp Own Brand
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Daniel Smith at SSS
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White Gouache at SSS
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO
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Fabriano Cold-Pressed at SSS
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* SSS Sequins
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* Little Things From Lucy's Cards...
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* SSS TRIANGLE TRAYS
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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* SSS EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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* SSS Vellum
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Neenah Desert Storm 100lb Card
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misti at Simon Says STAMP!
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE
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METAL EDGE ACRYLIC RULER
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T SQUARE RULER
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Scor-Pal Mini Scoring Board
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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* Tim Holtz MINI SNIPS Scissors
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TWEEZERS
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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Ranger ANTI STATIC POUCH
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SSS Embossing Powder Storage
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI JUNIOR...
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