Coastal Cabana with Delicate Dahlias and Snowflake Wishes
Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart 2021-2022 Colour Creations Blog Hop.
Coastal Cabana is a lovely bright colour and great for watery themes, as its name suggests, and that's where my mind first went. Wanting to branch away the "usual" and also to use the gorgeous Delicate Dahlias Sale-a-bration stamp set, I started with creating a watercolour panel. Then my ideas changed and I ended up creating 2 cards. Here they are:
While I first water-coloured a panel of Fluid 100 Watercolor paper, I decided the end result was a stronger coloured background than the one envisaged for use with the Delicate Dahlias Sale-a-bration Stamp Set. So I colour blended a background using Stampin' Ups! amazing Blending Brushes with Coastal Cabana and Pool Party Classic Stampin' inks on Basic White card-stock. To give a little texture to the blended background some water was flicked over as well as some diluted White Craft ink.
The flowers and leaves were coloured with Stampin' Blends, that is Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia, Pool Party Combos and a little Dark So Saffron with touches of the Colour Lifter to add highlights. While the Colour Lifter is great for diluting mistakes, it is brilliant at adding highlights or blending the lighter colours out so lines aren't apparent. The flowers and leaves were all fussy cut, with the second dahlia just being cut around the centre petals.
In arranging all the pieces, the blended background was mounted on a seperate basic White card front with a strip of the lighter mauve foil from the Silver Foil Speciality Pack, which had been embossed with the TimeWorn Type 3D Embossing Folder and added to the LHS of the card front. A piece of White Glittered Organdy Ribbon was added and the card front mounted to the Coastal Cabana card-stock base.
A Basic White card inner was stamped (and 2nd generation stamping) with leaves in Coastal Cabana ink. An off-cut strip from the blended background was added with a very thin strip of Coastal Cabana card-stock. A Stampin' Up! C6 Basic White Envelope was similarly stamped with leaves on the LHS edge.
CARD 2: Having missed the AWHT Heart of Christmas Blog Hop a couple of days ago I have created a Christmas themed card with the water-coloured background using Coastal Cabana and a little Pool Party Classic Stampin' inks on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. As I may have mentioned previously, I love snowflakes and even in the hot Aussie summer, I am happy to create snowflake cards for Christmas. I know some Aussies may have a different view.
Having already water-coloured the background, small snowflakes were heat embossed on top of the water-colour background. It brings a clear result. If starting out to create this snowflake card, another option may be to emboss the paper prior to water-colouring for an emboss resist technique. The embossed snowflakes came from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set.
A Basic White card inner was stamped with snowflakes from the same stamp set in Pool Party & Coastal Cabana inks and a couple of thin strips were added on two edges. An extra Basic White die cut snowflake was also added. A Basic White C6 Envelope was similarly stamped with some snowflakes to coordinate.
There is more Coastal Cabana creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the delightful Kate Morgan's blog. I am looking forward to checking out Kate's creation and everyone else's.
Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Crumb Cake; and don't forget the AWH Heart of Christmas Blog Hop is launched every Monday evening until mid-December.