A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

Yay! It is time for the spring flowers! I love the changing seasons, making a card with the first autumn leaves and pumpkins, the first snowy card, etc., but the first flowers allow me to crack open my watercolours and add even more joy to the creative process. When I saw the Wild And Free Flowers set from the new Be Bold release from Simon Says Stamp, I knew this stem would make a stunning focal point. It really is all you need.  

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simon be bold release

So many pretty new things are in the Be Bold release from Simon Says Stamp. I used the Wild & Free Flowers stamp, the Airy Greetings stamp and die set and the A2 Nesting Frames dies.

a stunningly simple flower stem is all you need for spring!

A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

To start, I took a piece of Arches cold-pressed watercolour card larger than I needed and very lightly stamped the flower stem from the Wild & Free Flowers set onto the card. I concentrated the ink on the flower centres and kept the ink super light on the petals, using a pencil or guesswork to fill in the shapes to get that airy, no-line watercoloured look.

A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

Next, I tried to decide what flower to paint. Sometimes, the definition of a flower illustration is obvious, and sometimes, it can be open to interpretation. I chose to go with a clematis for this flower stem, one of my favourite early spring flowers.

A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I used Daniel Smith watercolours, mainly Undersea Green and Quinacridone Coral, and slowly built up the layers of colour, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. I added a generous splatter of white gouache to finish the painting.

A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I used the A2 Nesting Frames dies to cut the watercolour panel piece – the largest of the dies cuts a panel just perfectly smaller than an A2 card. I then used the next smallest die to cut a frame from Champagne Matte card which I adhered with tiny pieces of foam tape. 

A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

For the sentiment, I used the Airy Greetings stamp and die set, stamping the colour block in Rose ink on Ivory card before stamping the greeting in clear embossing ink and white heat embossing. I then trimmed it out with the matching die. I love how polished this looks.

A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I matted the panel on a Fog card base and finished the card with a sprinkling of sequins and pearls. That’s me for today, but I will be back on Saturday for a blog hop. I hope you will join me then.

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* SSS Be Bold Release
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* SSS Wild And Free Flowers Set
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* SSS Wild And Free Flowers
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Daniel Smith Watercolours
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* SSS Arches Cold Pressed Watercolour...
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White Gouache
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* SSS Pawsitively Saturated Ink Pad ROSE
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* SSS Embossing Ink Pad CLEAR
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* SSS EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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* SSS CHAMPAGNE MATTE Card
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* SSS Ivory Card
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* SSS Fog Card
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misti at Simon Says STAMP!
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 9x12 Mat
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE
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METAL EDGE ACRYLIC RULER
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Crafter's Companion CRAFT KNIFE
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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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* SSS FINE DETAIL 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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* SSS Brush Powder Tool
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI JUNIOR...
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