Monday, January 6, 2014

Easy Watercolored Flowers

As many of you know, Stampin' Up! partners with Ronald McDonald House by offering a special stamp set each year with part of the proceeds going to RMH.  This year, it's the Tag It stamp set.

We also have the opportunity to partner with our local Ronald McDonald House.  One way we do so is by providing handmade cards.  Each family who stays out our RMH receives a blanket upon their arrival.  We provide the handmade cards that are given along with the blanket to welcome the families to RMH.  Our local RMH sometimes needs as many as 100 cards in one month.

So, I'm working on a few cards to donate.  What better cards to start with than the new Watercolor Wonder Note Cards.  For this particular note card, I wanted to have a water colored flower.  I had seen other flowers that were made from vellum and then sponged on the back using daubers.  I decided to try something a little different since I'm currently out of daubers.

A couple of years, we did a technique called "Stained Glass" where we stamped a butterfly on vellum (probably embossed it, but I don't quite remember) and then flipped it over to color in with markers on the back.  I changed up the process just a bit by adding water to the mix.  See below for the steps I took to make the flowers.

Before I get to the list of supplies, let me just say that the Pewter Embossing Powder is my favorite metallic embossing powder.  It seems to have a lot more shine than the gold or silver and makes line images show up really well.  If you don't have some in your stash, you need to get some!

Also, I used Shimmery White Card Stock for the greeting layers.  Granted, it's a bit difficult to see the shimmer, but it's not as bright a white as our Whisper White Card Stock.  It seemed to work better for the look I wanted.

Here's everything I used:

Secret Garden
Fabulous Phrases

Watercolor Wonder Note Cards (2014 Occasions)
Perfect Plum Card Stock
     Scrap for Scalloped Oval
Vellum Card Stock
     8-1/2x2 Strip (for 3 flowers)
Shimmery White Card Stock
     8-1/2x2 Strip (for 3 flowers)

Whisper White Craft Ink
Elegant Eggplant Stamp Pad
Elegant Eggplant Marker

Apothecary Accents Framelits
Secret Garden Framelits
Small Oval Punch (Retired)
Scallop Oval Punch
Pewter Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy & Heat Tool
Aqua Painter
Corner Chomper
Stampin' Dimensionals

Now to the fun part.  Below are the instructions for making the flowers:

Start by embossing your flowers on vellum card stock. 

1)  Rub your Embossing Buddy over the card stock.
2)  Stamp the flower image using Whisper White Craft Ink.
3)  Pour Pewter Embossing Powder over all images and tap off.
4)  Heat with your heat tool until the embossing powder turns shiny.

Next, flip the vellum card stock over.  Using the brush tip of a Stampin' Write Marker, color on the back of one of the flowers as shown below.

Next, use an Aqua Painter to spread the ink around.  You don't want an "even" coat.  It looks more natural if you have some high and low spots.  Be careful working with it too much.  It's best to just swirl the ink and let it go.  Otherwise, the paper might start to peel a little.

While the flowers are drying, use the Secret Garden Framelits to cut out the same flower shape using Whisper White Card Stock.  Next, cut out the vellum flowers with the same framelit.

Sponge the edges of the white flowers which will help eliminate white edges on your completed flower.  Add a TINY bit of Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive around the edges of the white flower.

Adhere the vellum flower to the white flower, and you're done!   Note:  I added the white flower behind the vellum because it makes the water coloring show up much better against the Old Olive note card.

That's all there is to it.  It's actually pretty easy to make several flowers at one time.  Let me know if you give it a try!
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