Thursday, April 10, 2014

epilogue to danke (Lawnscaping, SSS, LIM)

Last time I'm comin' at ya with the peony from Stampendous.  Remember in this post I mentioned a "typical Maria" card front.  Well, I had to make it.

I wanted the watercolor effect without an hour of watercoloring.  Tried a new technique to get a peony-shaped-watercolor-blob onto my front panel, which I could then stamp over with the outline stamp. And I opted for blue. Cuz there are so many blue peonies IRL, right? Whatever.

First I inked up the cling side of the stamp with various blues. Then spritzed with water. Now if I had just flipped this over and stamped with it I would have gotten a mirror image of the bloom. Not what I wanted.

So I laid a piece of acetate onto the inked surface, thinking I could get the rough shape of the bloom onto the acetate and use that to stamp onto my watercolor paper panel.

It kinda worked. Of course, when you pull the acetate up off of the stamp the ink pools. Maybe if I had used less water the pools would have been smaller?!? I picked up more of the ink on the acetate and pressed it onto the watercolor paper. And then inked up the stamp, spritzed it and stamped over the watercolor blob.

This is what I got. Definitely not a technique for control freaks... notice the few stray streaks up top... But I then tried something else new, not sure if it would work, but it did. I sprinkled some Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder on the areas that were really wet.  Hit it with the heat gun and it worked! You can see the close up in the first photo above.  Here is the finished card.

I'm hooking up to the Lawnscaping Challenge #79 where we are to try a new technique.  I tried two - transferring watercolor with acetate and heat embossing with watered down ink.

Also joining the fun at Less Is More where it's about a touch of turquoise.  Can do. And I'm squeaking in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with this Birthday card too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies for Alles Gute:
Paper: Bringmann, watercolor (Target for kids)
Stamps: bloom Stampendous,  sentiment Klartext
Ink : Distress Ink, Versafine Smoky Gray
Other: holographic embossing powder


  1. Such a lovely water color effect, Maria. TFS this technique.

  2. My kind of card and my kind of creating. Nicely done. If you never try you never know, is it possible or is it not possible. Usually it is if you try.

  3. Yup, typical Maria card. Who else would do blue peonies - and make them fantastic? Love the watercolour technique and the holographic embossing.

  4. I love your bravery! This totally works, and that you put the embossing powder on it is sheer genius. Love that you've made this blue. It has a dreamy quality. Great card!!! Bev

  5. This is my favorite of the three cards! It's so "Maria"! Adding the embossing powder to see what would happen is pretty clever and adds the special something!

  6. Wow...this is just beautiful Maria!

  7. Love your technique and the effect. Wonderful! This caught my eye among the entries on the Less is More Challenge.

  8. WOW! I love this. You make it look so easy, I will have to have a go at this technique...thanks for sharing.

    Love Sheila

  9. Love the water color effect u achieved in this card :)

  10. Maria this is beautiful!
    Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More this week
    LIM Designer

  11. This turned out really cool! I might have to try this with my peony. Thanks for letting me know. :-)

  12. VERY PRETTY in blue Maria :) love this!!!

  13. beautiful card!! Must try this too ;)
    Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping :)
    xx Tamara

  14. Wow, this is beautiful!! The colors, the shimmer, everything is great! That is such a neat technique to try! Thanks for playing along with us at Lawnscaping!! :)

  15. This is really gorgeous! And thanks for stopping by my blog and comments. =)

  16. WOW, this is simply FABULOUS, Maria!
    I love the pretty blue and the acetate technique you used.

  17. Was für eine tolle Karte! Was für eine tolle Idee!! Ob ich mir "die"wohl ausleihen könnte?!?
    Ganz liebe Grüsse Elisabeth


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