With Mother’s Day coming up I wanted to make my Mom something special. As you know, I love floral stamps which is perfect when creating a card for my Mom since she’s an avid gardener. One of my favorite floral stamp set is Sunny Studio’s Pink Peonies – I love the stunning flowers and this set includes several different blooms and leaves.
Side note, I’ve also noticed that I’m completely in love with Peony stamps. This observation comes from careful, ha, scrutiny of my current number of Peony stamps – I think I must own nearly all the ones that have come out in the last two years. Ok, probably not all but I do own a lot.
To color the images, I wanted to do something a bit scary, to me, and watercolor them. I have used watercolor pens/markers a lot but never watercolor pans so this was an entirely new experience! I started by stamping the images onto Arches’ Cold Press Watercolor Paper using Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Acorn Brown ink. Next, I grabbed Altenew’s 36 Pan Watercolor Set which I’ve had for awhile but not used – too scared. I defiantly have a lot to learn about watercoloring this way but these were so fun to use!
After die cutting the images with the coordinating dies, I wanted to try my hand at Kathy, from The Daily Marker’s, technique and use color pencils to add definition and shadows to my watercolored flowers. I love all the beautiful dimension this added to the flowers! You can really see it in the close up image below.
For the background, I wanted to create something subtle and lovely to complement my flowers. So, I applied Therm O Web’s Deco Foil Metallix White Pearl Gel through Taylored Expressions’ 3/4″ Stripe stencil – so pretty and elegant!
As a side note, I highly recommend checking out Taylored Expressions Stencils they have several really cool ones which are so well thought out they make it super easy to create backgrounds.
Die Cut Foliage
For an additional element on the card, I wanted to add a bit more foliage. So, I pulled out Simon Says Stamp’s Eucalyptus Leaves dies and cut them out of light brown cardstock from my stash – so pretty!
To create the sentiment, I used a combination of Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Happy word die to cut a piece of MFT’s Whip Cream cardstock and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Happy, Happy, Happy stamp set which was stamped with Taylored Expressions’ Toffee ink.
I hope you enjoyed today’s card! Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!