Tuesday, April 8, 2014

danke a la guess who? (STAMPlorations, RIC)

Sneaking in here with another twofer that I hope you'll enjoy.  Best things, first.

So I was catching up on some blogs and became enamoured with a certain someone out there (who I wouldn't be surprised to see as the next Papertrey gal).  Her work is gorgeous. She has a phenomenal way with color.  And photography.

This is a sneak of my card inspired by her. Can you guess who I'm talkin' about? Hint: she was a recent muse at CASE Study.

Back it up a bit.  Our challenge at STAMPlorations this month is Stamps and Technique.  I had made a card with heat embossing and distress inking.  Love that. Lots. So I was thinking about doing it again  and when I was devouring Joni's (did you guess right? Joni A. of Papell with Love) boldly-but-only-partially-inked backgrounds like on this card and then saw her use the Stampedous Jumbo Peony (NBUS in my stash) on this card I was off and running.

Well, with my first attempt I smashed into a brick wall.  But more on that tomorrow.

Watercolored another peony and this was born.

Heat embossed the bloom onto watercolor paper and watercolored with Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick. TIP:  Check out this fabulous video about watercoloring. Applied Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Peacock Feathers) through a Prima Damask stencil for the BG. My intent was to have the lighter green and blue up top and the darker tones down toward the bottom.  See the green-ish hues up on the right?  Should have been just light blue... you'll understand more when you've seen tomorrow's post ;)  Created a dymo label sentiment which I layered with some vellum before adhering it to the bloom which is popped up with foam adhesive.

Now it's a stretch, but I'm going to RIC # 57 with this since I was influenced by the colors although I did not end up going graphic with the BG.

Thanks for the inspiration, Joni! And to those of who who brightened my birthday celebration with your kind words and beautiful cards over on Shirley B.'s blog, DANKE!! This one's for you.

Supplies for danke:
Paper: Bringmann, watercolor (Target for kids)
Stamps: Stampendous
Ink : Distress Ink, Versamark
Tools: stencil Prima, scissors, dymo labelmaker
Other: white embossing powder, paintbrush


  1. Super gorgeous watercoloring, Maria!

  2. This is very pretty! I love the flower!

  3. Oh my God!! Your card is gorgeous, I love it and can't get my eyes off this beauty :)

  4. Fabulous! I like how you've done the background.

  5. What a BEAUTY this is, Maria! I love the watercoloring & the gorgeous flower!

  6. Gorgeous card Maria. Thank you for the video link too, WOW!! Watched them both this morning, totally amazing, Cathy x

  7. Exquisite card. Love the pinks on the multi-colored backgrounds.

  8. So beautiful! Love that big watercolor bloom!

  9. WOW....BEAUTIFUL!!! Maria this is Amazing...love the soft colors and the intensity of the background, FABULoUS take!!! <3

  10. These are my favorite flowers, and this is STUNNING! Gorgeous! I love the soft pink against the darker/brighter colors in the background.

  11. Wow Maria, I am completely in awe...I love the background and the subtleness of that gorgeous flower! You are amazingly talented! Thanks for joining us on the Runway ;-)

  12. Oh wow this is gorgeous!!! Thanks for joining us on Runway Inspired Challenge!


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