Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Everything's Coming Up Roses!

Hello friends! Today is my first Instant Gardener post for Power Poppy! And I am sooo excited to share this beautiful digital image with you. It's called Everything's Rosy and I think it's just perfect. The set includes a gorgeous display of roses and two sentiments.


Excuse me while I gush over these roses! Oh my word! The blooms are so full and lush, I can practically smell them. And look at that adorable teacup and saucer! You all know that I'm a teacup girl! Teacups and roses...Marcella created a very sweet vignette with this one. Here is the card I created to share with you...


I printed the image onto a piece of Bristol paper, that I die cut with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I printed in 'fast draft' quality because I planned to watercolor. Next, I rubbed over the image several times with a kneaded eraser to remove any excess ink. Then, I gave it a blast with my heat tool and let it cool. Finally, it was ready to watercolor! Bristol is not watercolor paper, so I used a damp brush for my watercoloring. I used a combination of Distress Inks and Distress Markers. There are many videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to watercolor with inks and markers and I encourage you to view them. My technique is very simple and it's what works best for me. Using the brush tip of a marker, I add a bit of color onto the image where I want the darkest color(shading) to be and then, using a damp brush, I pull some of the color into the white area. Then, when the area is completely dry, I go back to the dark area and using the fine tip of the marker, I add a little more color and soften it with the brush. After my focal panel was dry, I added Crystal Effects to the mug and tea cup and saucer. To finish my focal panel, I die cut a tag shape, gold embossed the 'sweet friend' greeting and tied it onto an organdy ribbon bow with gold thread. Then, I mounted it onto a piece of craft foam and adhered it to my card base.


As I mentioned, the set includes two sentiments. I used one on the inside of my card...

"Hope everything's rosy with you!" Isn't is cute?! It's the perfect greeting for this image, right?! For continuity, I added a strip of the same striped paper I used on the front of the card. I just die cut it with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and glued it down. And that is all there was to it! Beautiful image, super fun to color and don't be surprised if you see it again really soon done up in a different colorway!

My teammates have some awesome awesomeness to share with you, so please buzz by each of their blogs and leave them some love. I know you will be inspired! Then, visit the Power Poppy blog to see what Marcella is up to...it's always something good!

Jennifer Dove
Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens
Rhea Weigand
Debbie Olson
Barb Walker - That's me! :)


Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate the visit. Have a terrific Tuesday!


Blessings~



supplies~
digital stamp: Everything's Rosy(Power Poppy)
stamp set: Go Wild for "sweet friend" greeting
specialty paper: Bristol(Stratmore) 
patterned paper: Botanical Tea(Graphic 45)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)  Tiny Tags(Provo Craft)
coloring medium: Distress markers, Distress inks(Ranger)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  ribbon(Offray)   Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder(WOW!)  foam sheet(Silly Winks)



16 comments:

Misti said...

WOW!!!! This is beautiful!! Congrats on becoming an Instant Gardner!!!

CherylQuilts said...

First of all, my sweet friend, welcome to the Instant Gardener team! It's a joy to have you, and what a gorgeous card to start with. I always love your cards, and I really love this one with this amazing image. Your watercoloring skills are amazing, and what a wonderful color palette you've used. It's fabulous, and I love the finishing touch of the ribbon and sentiment tag! Congratulations again, and thanks for the inspiration! Warm hugs!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Really beautiful card. I very much like the softness you achieved with the pastel colours. Just beautiful. Cheers.

Pam Sparks said...

Gorgeous colors and coloring Barbara!

Leslie Miller said...

Your watercoloring is so lovely on this, Barb. Amazing results without watercolor paper. Love the gloss on the cups and the gold embossed sentiment. So pretty! I appreciate the tip about printing in draft for watercoloring. I hadn't thought of that, but I definitely want to try it. It's wonderful to see you on the Instant Gardener team!

Davi said...

BEAUTiful Barbara!! I love the soft look with the pretty colors and the glossy accents on the cups really adds a wonderful dimension! GREAT coloring also ;)

Jerri Jimenez said...

So beautiful! I love the Crystal Effects on the cups.

Debbie Olson said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, Bard--love your yellow and pink roses, and Im tickled pink to have you Instant Gardening too! :-)

Patti Willey said...

Tea-riffic Barb! I just love your color pallet today and those roses in this table setting couldn't be more feminine! Love your addition of organza ribbon and gift tag! Pinning!

Jeanne said...

Oh Barb! You hit an absolute homerun on your first post out of the gate! (How's the for mixing up expressions~lol). Seriously though, this is absolutely gorgeous. I can practically smell those roses all the way over here, too. Your soft blended palette is stunning. It looks so sweet and elegant. You make magic with your watercolors, that is for sure. I like the touch with the crystal effects on the tea cups, too. Lovely touch with the ribbon and tag. I so adore that you complete the inside panel, too. So very happy for you, Barb! I'm sure it's going to be an amazing journey for you! Happy hugs!! :)

Stacy Morgan said...

So very soft and delicate feeling. The glassy look with the liquid glass is a wonderful touch. Beautifully done!

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

Your card is just lovely. On second thought it more than lovely. It is gorgeous! And congrats on your new position as an Instant Gardener!

Broni said...

What fabulous flowers, Barb!! I love that you colored pink and yellow roses, and the blue crockery is perfect! Love that glossy shine too!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card! the colors are wonderful and remind me of my grandmother and her love of flowers.TFS

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Oooooo Barb!! I LOVE your soft and sweet color palette!! Your coloring is exquisite, and I love the glaze you gave to the cups! Darling little tag too!!

ChristineCreations said...

I’m a little late in getting over here Barb and saying woo hoo! Welcome to the team! You’re a wonderful addition to the Instant Gardeners. Such a gorgeous creations with this digi! Beautifully coloured!