Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Perfect Little Card Set

I decided to make some cards for the stash to be used as gifts in the coming weeks/months as birthday season and the holidays come roaring in.  I couldn't resist the urge to break out my Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set.  The inspiration for these cards is this Pinterest pin.  I was enamored by the soft colors of the card and wanted to try a few different techniques.  Here's my result.  I hope you brought a strong cup of coffee or tea, because this post is picture heavy.

I stamped each image using the outline version of the flower and the two different shaped leaves using embossing ink and white embossed the images onto Strathmore watercolor paper.  I did this multiple times on a sheet of paper approximately 5 x 8 in. and scraps leftover from other projects for the leaves.  This is a great way to use up those scraps and make something pretty with them. Each image was watercolored outside the lines using my Mission Gold watercolors.  I used a lot of water and tried not to fuss over where the color moved to.  As such, some of the flowers are prettier than others, but I like them all.  After the watercolor is completely dry, I die cut the images using the matching dies.

For the background, I die cut some Strathmore Bristol paper using my SSS Stitched Rectangles die.  I stamped the sentiment using my Concord and 9th By Your Side stamp and Memento London Fog ink.  I used my MISTI stamp tool to stamp repetitively until I had a crisp, grey sentment. I knew I wanted to watercolor the background so I cut another piece of Bristol paper ;and did a wash of color in each corner of the paper.  This seemed to light and plain, so I splattered some gold watercolor from my Gansi Tambi Starry Colors watercolor set.  That was just the look I was going for.  

My only remaining problem is that the card base was a more brilliant white than the Bristol which is a bit off of white.  I decided to edge the white cardstock base with some of the gold watercolor.  At first I didn't like the "splotchy" nature of the edging, but it has grown on me and now I think it the perfect, sparkly accent to my centerpiece flowers.

This card set is going into the stash and will definitely be a gift to someone in the near future.  I'm so pleased that I see more peonies in my future.  Stay tuned!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wendesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday's Weeks 254 & 255 Anything Goes

Altenew's October Inspiration Challenge - I linked up the yellow flower since the colors fit the inspiration.

Come join the fun!


  1. Oh my, these are SO pretty, Andie - I'm pinning them for future ideas! Just a perfect design and they make a wonderful gift set! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. What a fantastic card set, I love those coloring on the flowers!

  3. My oh my Andie this is breathtaking; my jaw hit the floow. Simplcity, dripping with elegance and less is definitely more. LOVE this!

  4. These cards are absolutely STUNNING, Andie. I'm just blown away with your amazing talents, and can't thank you enough for sharing with us. It's such a blessing to have you play along, and I sincerely hope that you will join us again soon.
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. These are stunning! Love all the colour ways! Fabulous!


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