How to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

This is a very ‘me’ card: a bit of watercolour, a pretty flower, a subtle white-on-white textured background from embossing paste through a stencil, a simple sentiment, and, of course, lots of splatter. Despite being a familiar design, it still makes me very happy! All of the products I’ve used today have come from the new Sunny Vibes release from Simon Says Stamp.

I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Here’s a closer look at the Sunny Vibes release. Lots of fun to keep you happy all summer long! I used the Divine Peony dies, Wonky Chevron Stencil and Beachcombing stamp set.

how to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts

How to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

The Divine Peony dies cut three layers of petals, a variety of flower centre options, petals for a flower bud, a couple of leaf sprigs, and one of the leaves has an extra layer.

I created three panels of watercoloured cold-pressed card, one each of peach, yellow, and green. I used Arches cold-pressed watercolour card and Daniel Smith paints.

I used lots of water and the wet-in-wet technique – adding areas of colour and letting them blend in the puddles of water. Once dry, I splattered them with white gouache and gold watercolour paint.

How to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I die-cut the various flower elements from the three panels and added foam adhesive to build the layers of petals and leaves. I then set these aside while I worked on the background panel. 

How to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I like adding subtle texture to the backgrounds of my cards and white embossing paste through a stencil is just perfect for this. I used the Wonky Chevron Stencil and Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste on Arches cold-pressed watercolour card.

I also splattered this with gold watercolour paint. You can never have too much splatter, in my opinion!

How to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I added the die-cuts with foam tape over the texture background panel. 

How to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

For the sentiment, I liked the simple, happy font in the Beachcombing stamp set. Seeing as birthday cards are the ones I use the most, I chose the ‘happy birthday’ greeting and stamped it in clear embossing ink on a Slate card and white heat embossed it. I chose Slate over Black card because the lighter tone fitted better with the pastel flowers than my usual Black sentiment strips.

How to watercolour pretty flower die-cuts. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I added the finished panel to a Neenah Desert Storm card base and accented with enamel dots and pearls.

I will be back tomorrow to share more from the new Sunny Vibes release as part of a blog hop. I hope you will join me then.

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* SSS Divine Peony Wafer Dies
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* SSS Wonky Chevron
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* SSS Beachcombing
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* SSS Sunny Vibes Release
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Daniel Smith Watercolours
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Finetec MICA WATERCOLOR PEARLESCENT...
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White Gouache
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER
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Ranger TEXTURE PASTE Opaque Matte
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Enamel Dots
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Pearls
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* SSS TRIANGLE TRAYS
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* SSS Arches Cold Pressed Watercolour...
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* SSS Slate Card
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Neenah Environment 100 LB SMOOTH...
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* SSS Embossing Ink Pad CLEAR
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* SSS EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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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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