Monday 21 March 2016

You are always in my thoughts.

I know its my second post today, I'm getting early as its babysitting day tomorrow down the coast and this will take the pressure off. Also I have been trying to get this card finished so I can enter the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge. I don't want to miss out and on Wednesday I head off to Canberra to spend Easter with my parents and Elysha goes to stay with her sister for a week.

I absolutely love using this flower stamp with my Kuretake paints. If you look back through posts I think you will find I have only ever used this flower stamp. I know I need to branch out but 

a) these flowers are just perfect for dropping colour in at one end and then another colour at the other end of each petal. These paints are so rich and creamy and I love them. 

Also b) when I did my stamping and embossing, its like everything else I do. I stamped and embossed in white, gold and silver in different formations and on different card stocks, watercolour paper, vellum so I end up with so much pre- prepared stuff. I have to make myself stop and use it. 

The only down fall of this was that I was using cheap watercolour paper at that time which is fine with this paint but you can see it is no where near white enough to go on a piece of white card so I have to try different ideas.

Here in the close up you can see the paper is not the best but I hate waste specially after all the embossing. Okay this one was done with the red wine, a wee bit of black for depth. I then added white from the other end and a bit of silver that gives that brilliant sparkle. Its lots of just playing around till your happy or let it dry then add some more. Like all watercolours start light and add.

Then I did the leaves and stems with turquoise green and olive green.

When I stamped the flowers in the first place I masked off a rectangle so not all the image was stamped.

I finished it off by die cutting with my stitched rectangle die. Then I used the same die to cut out a rectangle from the pink card front, as its double sided stitches it leaves a lovely look on the cut out and the card base.

Stamped the sentiment and added a wee little butterfly I coloured with copics. All done and finished with and hopefully CAS enough for the challenge.

Love embossing, heat embossing the most. Especially in gold and silver and white but also in black. Ut adds a crispness to the image or sentiment, defines the lines better and is ideal when using watercolours as it acts as a natural barrier for the paint. If I could have my embossing stuff set up all the time I would heat emboss everything (well in card making that is, not so sure the kids or my husband would look so great heat embossed :)

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Loll said...

This is beautiful, Aileen! LOVE these gorgeous flowers ... perfect for watercolouring. And love the colours you've used. Great texture on the pink card base and great design with the inlaid watercoloured panel. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Cara said...

That really is a beautiful stamp, loved your colouring of it. The little butterfly just finishes the card off perfectly on that gorgeous pink base. Cara

Mac Mable said...

Yes loving this stamp and you've used is fabulously. The colours are so pretty and loving the silver in with the water colouring, adds something really special. Yes I've used cheaper water colouring paper and mostly it doesn't work but you don't always want to use the expensive stuff!

brenda said...

A beautiful floral creation Aileen and such a lovely colour palatte.

Many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenges.

B x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Many thanks for sharing this gorgeous card with us at AYLI this week for our embossing challenge.
Lorraine DT

lostinpaper said...

It really is so very pretty Aileen, love your choice of colours!

Sarn said...

Hi Aileen . . . LOVE the look of this pretty floral card.

Thank you for your comments on my "girl" card . . . I will give it a go and see how it looks.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Bonnie said...

Beautiful flowers, Aileen! I love cards on a colored base and often do that myself. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Aileen: I love this beautiful images from Altenew, they are just perfect to heat emboss and then water color and you framed this one perfectly.
I must get a set of stitched dies, that little detail really looks so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

TaeEun said...

I love the color combination you used here, Aileen! Especially the touch of turquoise on the leaves looks so beautiful! Btw I love the stamp set,too!

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful creation Aileen love the flowers also the CAS style design it is so pretty
lorraine x

Sally H said...

A very beautiful floral creation! Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

pinky said...

Really pretty card, I love it. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

Sarah said...

Such a fantastic card and love how you have heat embossed to highlight those beautiful blooms. A heat embossed family would probably not go down well though!! Thanks for sharing at AYLI!! Sarah :0)

Kim Heggins said...

This is so beautiful. Your flowers look almost real!

Joyce said...

Your card is so beautiful. I love the design and the water coloring. Also, I wanted to say how sweet and beautiful both of your daughters look in the photos on the next post. So much love in your family, it is quite inspiring.

Ela said...

Love this card too. I really struggle with that stamp, I should bring it out again.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

You always color so beautifully! Wonderful card!