Watercolor Flowers

For today’s card, I’m going to give a sneak peek of products in the upcoming new annual Stampin’ Up!® catalog. For this card, I used the new Swirly Bird bundle of stamps and Thinlits along with some of the new 2016-2018 In Color inks. As a Demonstrator, I was able to pre-order a few things last week, but they’ll be available for everyone to order beginning June 1. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to link to any of the new items in my supply list at the end of this post since they aren’t officially available yet.

Mel's Card Corner | Watercolor Flowers

I started by applying a generous amount of water to a piece of watercolor paper. I dropped in circles of color using Calypso Coral and two of the new 2016-2018 In Colors, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum. I dried the first layer of color using my heat tool, then added some more color in a loose half circle motion to mimic flower petals. Since I wanted these colors to be more intense, I didn’t wet the watercolor paper first which kept the color from blooming as much.

For the leaves, I used Emerald Envy which is another new 2016-2018 In Color. I did the background of the leaf by stamping off once then added the veins without stamping off. To help ensure I got the veins lined up properly on the leaf background, I used my Mini Misti for this step.

Once I had everything stamped, I used my Big Shot to cut everything out using the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. I used the coordinating leaf  dies to cut out the leaves then cut three of the scribble flowers from some Thick Whisper White cardstock. I used the thick cardstock to give them a bit more “oomph” on my card.

Mel's Card Corner | Watercolor Flowers

I finished off all my die cut pieces by adding a generous layer of clear Wink of Stella over them for a bit of shimmer and sparkle. This also helped soften the stamped veins on the leaves a bit which helped give them more of a watercolor look in keep with the rest of the card. I adhered the die cut pieces to the watercolor panel using some Multi Medium Matte. It’s a very strong liquid glue which works well for gluing things to the textured surface of watercolor paper.

I used one of the sentiments from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set (retiring). I stamped it on some black cardstock using VersaMark ink then heat embossed it using white embossing powder. I adhered it to my card using Dimensionals then added a medium rhinestone on either end for a little bling. To finish off the card, I added a few sequins from Doodlebug Designs around the sentiment banner to balance out the bottom of the card.

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Until next time …

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  1. Stephanie Poteet says:

    Just beautiful! I love how you’ve used the die cuts in your flowers, it really makes them pop!

  2. Sharon says:

    Oh My! That card is fabulous. Great stamping and gorgeous shimmery die cuts too.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More.
    Sharon xx

  3. Anne says:

    Sorry to be so late with my commenting, ooh love those new colours, especially the plum Melissa. Stunning card!
    Thanks so much for joining us
    “Less is More”

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