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Forever Blossoms & Black Ice

If you don't know this about me already, I am in love with the Parisian Blossoms Product Suite.  Who doesn't love Paris???  I had a post a couple of weeks ago that you can see HERE of a relatively simple and pretty card.  I declared my love the product suite then and today, my mind is no different.  Matter of fact, be sure to check out yesterday's SAVI Sunday video and while there, subscribe to my channel. 

I had a in-person technique class recently, and the ladies really enjoyed the projects and were amazed at the Black Ice Technique.  I actually did this technique class probably 1-1/2 years ago but had several requests to do again.  

Here is one of the projects made with the cherry blossom flower from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set in the Parisian Blossoms suite. 

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Card base is Early Espresso standard 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 scored and folded at 4-1/4.

Gold Fold Sheet cut to 5-1/4 x 4" (this is what we did the Black Ice Technique on)

Label punch is the Timeless Label Punch punched with Very Vanilla and Early Espresso.  Words were stamped using the New Saddle Brown Stazon ink pad. 

I'm excited that the Glitter Enamels Dots are still available as they make a nice accent along with the Very Vanilla satin ribbon with the gold edging. 

Here is a close up picture: 

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The black ice technique is a combination of foil paper, permanent ink and clear embossing powder.  I love the texture that it leaves. Have you tried this technique?

**Before you look at my supplies list, note that I linked the Entire Parisian Blossoms Product Suite!  Just so you know, items can be individually purchased along with the 2 Bundles (stamp set w/dies) in the suite.  Questions... just shoot me an email! 

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Floral Essence Frame card

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Did you know my favorite color is Purple?  Any shade of purple so I am in heaven with having both Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather! 

Gorgeous Grape is my card base.  Then I layered with a piece of Whisper White that is 5-1/4 x 4".

I used a piece of scrap to mask off a center area that is 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" and stamped my floral images.  The large floral is stamped in Highland Heather on top, bottom and both sides.  Then I stamped the smaller floral image in Gorgeous Grape in the four corners.  Granny Apple Green was used for the leaves.  After stamping, remove your mask.

The mat sizes are:  Highland Heather 2 x 3-1/2 and Whisper White 1-3/4 x 3"

The masking just gives it another dimension. 

Oh!  And don't forget to stamp your flower centers in Crushed Curry.  Do this Before you remove the mask. 

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Lovely as a Tree Farewell

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Well, it is the end of an era!  'Lovely as a Tree' is retiring on June 3, 2019, after 18 years of circulation. When my cousin introduced me to Stampin' Up! back in 2001, this stamp set had just come out and it was a must have. 

Oh goodness, I am trying to think what the technique craze was back then. Everyone was doing it.   OH!  I know.... the packaging tape technique.  You cut a window out of your Whisper White front piece and cover the hole with clear packing tape.  Then dump Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (yep...been around a long time too) over the tape and rub it in until tape no longer sticky.  Through the glittery window you could see the single tree stamp.  I am sure I still have that card somewhere,  I will have to find it.    

Any way, I had my club card class over the weekend and felt it appropriate to do one more class card using Lovely as a Tree.  Simple and clean... I am going to miss this set. 

Card base is Basic Black cut 5-1/2" by 8-1/2"

Lemon Lime Twist mat cut 5-3/8" by 4-1/8"   (already sold out so substitute with Old Olive) (do any die cutting with this piece... like I did with the word Sympathy)

Whisper White card stock is cut 5-1/4" x 4"

Mask the Whisper White and use Stampin' Sponges to sponge on color:  Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Balmy Blue

Words and die cut word are from the Bundle "Well Said Bundle".  ORDER no later than June 3rd to get the bundle price discount.  Don't forget that items carrying over into the new catalog but not as a bundle. 

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2 Watercolor Cards on Shimmery White

We have not watercolored in class for a little while now. So why not 2 in one class!  Do you ever find yourself doing that?  Not using a particular stamp set, color, product or technique and when you rediscover it, you use it over and over... I guess that is what happened to me. 

I have a lot to say so let's get to it!   My full list of products used is at the bottom of my post. 

For both cards, I used Stampin' Up! Shimmery White cardstock for my watercoloring.  I like having a smoother stamp surface versus watercolor paper, which tends to have texture to it.  Just my preference.  You can use either one.  

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Tea Together Stamp Set (2019 Occasions catalog) and the Painted Seasons stamp set (Earn Free - Sale-a-Bration Level 2 - includes Coordination Designer Series Paper):

The background is done on Whisper White cardstock (4-1/8 x 5-3/8"). Randomly stamp several images from the Painted Seasons stamp set, in Mint Macaroon, Pear Pizzazz, and Flirty Flamingo (dots... stamped off on scrap paper to lighten it up a bit).

I stamped the tea kettle in Mint Macaroon classic ink as it did not matter, when watercoloring, if some of the ink pulled from the kettle outline.  Using our Aqua Painters (watercoloring brush), and ink from the lid of the ink pad, we washed the kettle with color.  For interest, I pulled a little more ink onto my brush for the kettle lid area and kettle base. 

The flower on the tea kettle was stamped after our tea kettle dried.  Using the Tea Time Framelit dies (Sale-a-Bration Level 2 Free Earn), die cut the kettle out and adhere with Dimensionals.   I added Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon too. 

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Let It Ride (2019 Occasions catalog) & Heartland (2018-2019 Annual catalog):

**Images stamped using STAZON Black Ink.  

For this card, I used a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Shimmer White card stock. Just as in the tea kettle card, I did a wash of color for the sky (Balmy Blue ink) and grass (Garden Green ink). 

My Real Red mat layer is 4-1/8 x 5-3/8"

WATERCOLOR WASH... the more water you squeeze out of your Aqua Painter, the lighter your color. You can always add more color!

The windmill, barn steeples, and silo are done in Gray Granite, then Real Red for the barn.  I have to be honest, I am not loving my barn. I probably should have made the roof brown to stand out a bit.  

The Trees..... TIP:  I used almost a Pointillism method. Lots of straight color, very little water coming from my brush, and did continuous taps with the brush tip to color the trees and shrubs.  Try it, it is easier than you think. Just keep reloading your Aqua Painter brush with lots of ink color. 

HORSE:   I enjoyed painting him.  Colored his entire body in Soft Suede then slowly added Early  Espresso. I was able to control the color with water. His mane and hooves are straight Early Espresso but by adding some water, I could highlight his body.

**Use the lid of your ink pads.  With the ink pad closed, give the lid a squeeze.  Open and you will see the ink on the lid. Put a couple of drops of water on it from your Aqua Painter and mix it up.  Again, the more water the lighter the color. 

 

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Emboss Resist Technique

I had another fun card challenge put before me, so I accepted.  Although the theme was using Abstract Impressions, (I am in the New Occasions and Sale-a-Bration mode...),  I decided to join in. 

Besides a specific stamp set, my other challenge was to use the colors of Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, and So Saffron. What a great combination!

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So Saffron Card Base is cut 11" x 4-1/4" then scored at 5-1/2

Granny Apple Green mat is 5-5/16" x 4-1/16"

Whisper White is 5-1/4" x 4"

Using the largest flower stamp and VersaMark ink, randomly stamp around the edges of the Whisper White.  Cover VersaMark with Clear Embossing Powder (you could use White powder too),  and then heat emboss. 

Next, using a Sponge Dauber with Melon Mambo ink, I rubbed over the floral images.  Next, take a baby wipe or slightly damp paper towel and wipe off the excess ink from the clear embossed flowers.  Water-based ink does not dry well over embossing powder so you need to wipe it off.  

Stamp a few leaves, a word or two.... and you have created the background of your card. 

Die Cut two (2) butterflies from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits (bundled with Abstract Impressions).  The bottom butterfly, I again used sponge daubers to add Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Granny Apple Green ink.  Lay the plain white butterfly over top, flex their wings and add some Rhinestones. 

Oh!  My Strips of paper for added interest:   whisper white 1/2" x 4"    and So Saffron 3/4" x 4"

Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know if you would like to see a video on this.   Leave me a comment. 

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