Sunday, April 19, 2015

Flowering Branches

Hello Friends! I hope your weekend has been restful and relaxing. I've been buzzing around The Hive this weekend, cleaning and organizing. But, I also managed to get a little watercoloring done, as well. A new digital stamp set was released from Power Poppy a few days ago, and of course, I had to get it. It's called Flowering Branches and it is lovely! Take a look...

I printed the images, the sentiment is included in the set, onto the smooth side of a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card stock and then used Distress Markers and a #2 and a "0" brush to watercolor it. I used a barely damp brush on this to insure that my printer ink wouldn't smear. But, I also printed this in gray and went over it several times with a kneadable eraser to pick up any excess ink. As usual, I let my piece air dry. And I came back and added my color in layers. It took me about 3 hours to paint this, including drying time.

After everything was completely dry, I die cut the piece using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and adhered it to my card base. To finish off the card, I added rhinestones, went over the yellow centers with the Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and added Glossy Accents to the berries/buds.

I finished the inside, too. I used a digital sentiment that I picked up HERE. I just printed it onto a piece of card stock that I die cut. I stamped the "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice ink. I fussy cut the butterfly from a scrap of the patterned paper I used on the front of the card and added a flight trail with a black fine tip pen. And finally, I added a few stamped hearts.

And that's all there was to it! Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate the visit!


digital stamp set: Flowering Branches(Power Poppy)
stamps: "Happy Mother's Day" from Spring Baskets(Waltzingmouse Stamp Co.) bitty hearts from Bee Mine(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock(Ranger)
patterned paper: Sweet Chamomile from the Botanical Tea Collection(Graphic 45)
ink: Strawberry Slush(Stampin' Up!)  Black Licorice(Lawn Fawn)
dies: Stitched Rectangles(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: clear rhinestones(Stampin' Up!)  clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring media: Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass Distress Markers(Ranger)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger) #2 paint brush(Claudine Helmuth Studios)  #0 paint brush(Grumbacher)


CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Barb, this is gorgeous!! It was so worth all the time you spent waiting for it to dry and's exquisite! Your mom is going to love it! So glad you got this digi!! Hugs!

Darnell said...

You are amazing, Barb! This is a glorious work of art that needs to be framed! I bow in awe! It's very clear that you spent a lot of loving time on this beauty!! Please email and tell me what kind of printer you have that you can put a piece of TH watercolor paper through. Thank you!! Hugs, Darnell

ChristineCreations said...

This looks just gorgeous!

Patti Willey said...

Precious!! love this greeting stamp you found for the inside too! Such a lovely Digi stamp! :) pinning!

Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness gracious, this is stunning, Barb! I am so awed by your talent for watercoloring. You have a wonderful touch for the technique. I agree with Darnell, this is something that warrants framing! The colors you chose are absolutely beautiful. So very well done!

Pat said...

I agree with every word of all the above comments! What an appropriate and touching Mother's Day gift.

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Karen said...

Stunning! I love your style

Daria said...

Beautiful card! I love the image, and your coloring is wonderful. TFS.