Cherry Cobbler with Cottage Rose and some Loose Water-colouring
I find it fun to use a stamp set out of its usual context and so while thinking of a Christmas rose, I decided to use the gorgeous Cottage Rose stamp set. I gold embossed the larger image using Versamark ink, Gold Emboss Powder and a Heat Gun. This image was masked using the newly available Masking Paper and then the mid-sized flower and leaves were stamped and heat embossed. I love the effect of masking but seldom use it. Now that Stampin' Up! is supplying Masking Paper I will probably be using this technique more often.
The images were stamped on a half sheet of Fluid 100 Watercolor paper. This enables you to get 2 projects from one sheet of paper - so much more economical. Loose water-colouring means you don't stay within the lines but allow the ink to blur over the edges and colours to mix slightly - although the latter needs to be done carefully so you don't end up with a muddy brown picture. I like to work with colours for one image and then leave it to slightly dry before using the next colour combo. If using complementary colours, I leave the image to dry much more so the colours don't bleed into each other.
The base lighter layer was laid down first using a fair bit of water and the mid-sized Water Painter (they come in a set of 3, ie fine, medium and wide brush). You can relax with this layer and paint over the edges of the images - just have fun. The Classic Stampin' Inks used to paint the image are: Cherry Cobbler for the large flower, Petal Pink with touches of Cherry Cobbler for the smaller flowers, Crumb Cake around the fine gold flowers and Soft Succulent with touches of Evening Evergreen for the leaves. I couldn't resist using the fine Water Painter to add extra detail, colour and depth.
Once the panel had dried, I added a splattering of Cherry Cobbler ink using a Stampin' Write Marker. It wasn't fully dry (I was running out of time) so some of the splatters blurred. The water-coloured panel was mounted onto a slightly larger piece of Cherry Cobbler card-stock. A piece of Basic White card-stock was embossed with the Stitched Greenery die as the leaves were a similar shape to the leaves in the stamp set. I do love the effect of this stitched die.
A sentiment from the Hope and Peace stamp set was gold heat embossed onto a scrap of Thick Basic White card-stock. I like extra thickness for sentiment strips to ensure the label sits straighter, especially over trim or ribbon. Some gold Simply Elegant Trim was wrapped around the painted panel and the sentiment label was positioned over using Dimensionals. A seperate double bow was adhered with Glue Dots. Some Iridescent Pearls Basic Jewels added the finishing touch of shimmer.
A Basic White piece of card-stock was gold heat embossed using the larger cottage rose stamp for the card inner. A C6 Basic White envelope was similarly embossed.
Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Coastal Cabana as we continue the weekly 2022-2023 Colour Creations blog hops. Also, don't forget many of us are joining the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop on Monday evenings which will continue until the end of November.
Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.
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