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I'm back!!! For those of you that don't know, I took a couple of weeks off to spend some time with my brand new grand babies!! We were blessed with two more grandsons (who are cousins, their dads are brothers!) that were born only two days apart! We now have three grandsons and one granddaughter and feel so blessed!!
Today I am using Distress Oxide inks to watercolor a 3D embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp. I was blown away by the detail of this embossing folder and knew right away that I wanted to watercolor something soft. Having all of these raised areas to color made watercoloring so simple and really took little effort. With all of the dimension of the 3D effect it is easy to see where color should be added to create more depth. When going for a soft watercolored look I like to use Distress Oxide inks as they give more of a muted tone than the regular Distress inks. I kept my card pretty simple by framing the image and stamping a simple sentiment, I wanted the image to stand out. I have a lot of photos to show each step of my coloring so you can better understand how I achieved this soft look. Let's get started!!
I will be doing all of my work today on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat.
To start I use my Tim Holtz Guillotine Paper Trimmer to cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel out of Water Color Cardstock. I then place my panel into the Peony Bundle 3D Embossing Folder lining it up so that the image is centered and a little higher up on the panel as I know I will be stamping a greeting below the image later. I then run the folder through my Big Shot Die Cut Machine. *Be sure to check the correct sandwich order for your die cut machine when using 3D embossing folders.
Using the white area of my Glass Mat I press the colors of Oxide inks I will be using for my coloring onto it and will be using this as my palette. Taking my Water Brush filled with clean water I wet the first petal I will be working on. I then use my Water Brush to pick up some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and add it to the base of the petal. I then pull and fade the color out towards the end of the petal. I then move onto the next petal and repeat this process. I do the same for each of the remaining petals. This first layer will be very light, I am just creating a base for each of the petals to start. *I like to have a paper towel handy that I can clean off my brush when needed or to remove excess water if the brush becomes too wet.
Using the same color, Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink I again add to the base of the petal and blend out a bit. I repeat this process for the rest of the petals. The more layers of ink you add the darker the color will become. I was going for a soft look so I stopped after two layers. I did however, go back and add a little more ink to areas where petals fold or overlap to add a little more depth.
I now move on to the smaller flower and use my Water Brush to wet my first petal then add Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Ink to the base of the petal and blend the ink out towards the end. I continue to add color and blend out for each of the remaining petals.
I then go back with the same Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Ink and again add another layer of ink to the base of the petals and blend out with my Water Brush. I also add a little color to the very base where petals overlap and anywhere the petals fold for added depth.
For the centers of both flowers I add a lighter wash with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink using my Water Brush. I then use the tip of my Water Brush to add small dots with another layer of Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink to some of the areas of the center. This creates a little depth to the centers. I repeat this for the second flower.
For the longer sprig of leaves I wet the first leaf with my Water Brush then add Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink to the base of the leaf and blend out towards the end. I repeat for all remaining leaves. I also add Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink to the smaller sprig of leaves towards the top left with the same process.
Next, I wet the large leaf with my Water Brush then add Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Ink to the base and blend out to the end of the leaf. I then add another layer of the same color to the very base of this leaf as this is where the petals of both flowers overlap where shadows would be, then fade the ink out. I also add Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Ink to the stems of the tiny sprig of the dotted flowers. To color the small dotted flowers I use the tip of my Water Brush and add Milled Lavender Distress Oxide Ink. My coloring is now complete.
Next, I place my painted panel into my MISTI Stamp Positioner and center the scallop frame over the panel to determine my stamp placement. I then remove the scallop frame and stamp a sentiment from the Flowers For You Stamp Set using Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink onto the panel. Next, I take one of the "You" stamps from the same Flowers For You Stamp Set and stamp it just above the sentiment using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink. Seeing my painting is done with soft muted tones, I wanted my sentiment to be a bit soft as well so I decide to stamp with Oxide inks.
To attach my scallop frame onto the panel I added Liquid Glue to the back of the frame then centered and adhered onto the panel.
Next, I place a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of White Cardstock into my Scor Buddy and scored it at 4 1/4" creating a side folding card base. I then added Liquid Glue to the back of the panel and mounted it onto my card base.
I hope you enjoyed today's card. This was such a fun card to make and I love how it turned out! There are so many 3D embossing folders out on the market but I especially love the design of this one being an actual image and not a background. I would love to see more floral images of this type in future releases as I am hooked!! I love the texture that watercolor cardstock has and that is why I used it on the scallop frame, to bring in added texture. The scallop frame set I used is very versatile as it cuts out two frames at once that can be used together or single like the one I used today. (The other fits inside of today's frame with the scallops facing towards the center giving it a double scalloped look) Also included in this set is a smaller size, so beautiful!
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