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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

AWHT Colour Creations #17 Flirty Flamingo

Flirty Flamingo with Delicate Dahlias

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart 2021-2022 Colour Creations Blog Hop.

This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a bright pink called Flirty Flamingo.
 Flirty Flamingo is part of the Brights Colour Family and is a wonderful colour for flowers and all sorts of pink things. It is a pretty colour.  Flirty Flamingo is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads, re-inkers & Classic Stampin' Spots); Stampin' Write Markers; Watercolor Pencils; the Brights, Sweet Symmetry and Pattern Party Designer Series Papers; as well as the Flirty Flamingo Metallic Ribbon, From the Heart Faceted Gems & Sequins for Everything.

For me there was not difficulty in coming up with ideas for this week's project, but rather in choosing which concept I would work on. I was inspired by a beautiful bunch of flowers that were different shades of Flirty Flamingo pink with some deep cherry red roses. However, I thought I would work in reverse with a Flirty Flamingo/Cherry Cobbler water-colour background and the flowers outlined in gold heat embossing with some shading in grey, ie Gray Granite. I love a pink and grey colour scheme. The card below has used Flirty Flamingo card-stock, Classic ink and the Flirty Flamingo Metallic Ribbon, plus a range of other bits and pieces.

You inspire me with water-colouring, embossing and Stampin' Up!s Delicate Dahlias by Andrea Sargent in Australia

I started by creating a 
water colour background using Flirty Flamingo, Cherry Cobbler and a little Gray Granite Classic Stampin' ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. I used a wet on wet water colour technique and rather than leaving the edges in white I very lightly took Flirty Flamingo to the edges. When it was almost dry I ran the coloured panel through the Cut & Emboss Machine with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder.

The dahlia flowers from the gorgeous Delicate Dahlias stamp set were stamped in Versamark Ink on to Basic White Card-stock and heat embossed with Gold Metallic Emboss Powder and a Heat Gun. I specifically chose these gorgeous Dahlias for this project as you are able to acquire this stamp set for free with the purchase of $180 worth of Stampin' Up! products during Sale-a-bration. This offer finishes in a little over a week so if you are wanting this stamp set - time is running out. 

I coloured the flowers with Stampin' Blends, using the Gray Granite Blends Combo. I usually try to use a third & different colour as well but I only wanted light shading. As such, the Colour Lifter was key to blend out edges of grey and to soften the colouring.

The flowers were fussy cut with my trusty Stampin' Snips. They were added to the background panel with Dimensionals leaving room for the sentiment. Strips of Gold Foil from the Brushed Metallic Card-stock pack were added to the longer edges of the water-coloured background panel together with strips of Flirty Flamingo card-stock
. This background panel was adhered directly to a card base of Thick Basic White card-stock

Some of the Flirty Flamingo Metallic Ribbon was folded in half and added across the centre of the card. A sentiment from the same stamp set was gold heat embossed on Basic White card-stock. Trimmed and then mounted on a slightly larger off-cut of Flirty Flamingo card-stock. This label was positioned with Dimensionals. A piece of the Gold Trim from the Simply Elegant Trim pack was tied in a bow around the folded end of the ribbon and some clear Wonderful Gems added for that finishing touch.

The card inner was decorated with an off-cut of the water-coloured & embossed panel and fine strips of Gold Brushed Metallic paper and Flirty Flamingo card-stock. I had 2 little flowers remaining that weren't needed for the front design so they were perfect to add inside the card. I ran out of time to decorate a C6 Basic White envelope so that will be a task for another day.

I love playing with water-colour and embossing in its various forms. While I loved creating this to share, I'm not 100% sold on the final effect. Do you have some ideas of what I could do to give it a little more oomph?

If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and or the July - December 2021 Mini Catalogue & Sale-a-bration Leaflet (don't forget Sale-a-bration finishes really soon), then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you. Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

There is more Flirty Flamingo creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of the lovely, Christine Blain. As always, I am looking forward to checking out Christine's creation and everyone else's. I do love seeing everyones' projects - so many ideas and such great creations

Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Garden Greenand don't forget the AWH Heart of Christmas Blog Hop goes live every Monday evening at 8pm AEST until mid-December.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the full list of participants on Catherine Proctor’s blog, our amazing and long suffering AWHT Colour Creations Coordinator.  Check out her amazing creation while you are there.

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  1. I don't think you should do anything differently, for a watercoloured and embossed background, Andrea ... the effect you have achieved on this one is gorgeous, and is hands down my favourite part of your card! I love the gold accents on the card, and the pretty ribbon treatment you've added.

  2. Andrea your fussy cutting is amazing, your watercolouring is stunning and your card is just perfect.

  3. Oh Andrea, I admire your watercolouring so much every week, it is just outstanding. The background is gorgeous with those beautiful big dahlia blooms and the gold accents.

  4. So many fabulous things to look at in the layers of your cards. I love the embossing over the watercolour background. The work you do with your watercolouring really inspires me!

  5. I love your card Andrea especially the watercoloured and embossed background, just beautiful! The gold edged Dahlias are gorgeous and the other gold accents.

  6. This is so pretty Andrea. I love that you water coloured the background because it seems to make the flowers the focal point, and they are wonderful.Your fussy cutting is as good as a die cut, so precise, so you inspire me!

  7. Another gorgeous card! I absolutely adore that loopy gold bow!

  8. With those gold tones and colour wash, your card is just so beautiful Andrea. The dahlias have such a lovely subtle finish of colour and look great atop the embossed background.

  9. Andrea your watercolouring and embossed background is beautiful and the fussy cutting amazing

  10. Your card is gorgeous. What a beautiful background you have created.

  11. Oh I do look forward to your creations each week Andrea. Your card is stunning. I love the technique you have used for your background and those fussy cut dahlias are beautiful.


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