I found these beautiful Penny Black Bloom Garden clear stamps and really wanted to showcase them on some cards. Since they were stunning on their own, I wanted to keep the cards simple and add some elegance to it by using a watercolor look.
I first stamped the images with Versamark Pigment Ink and used WOW! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder on watercolor paper. The slight elevation from the embossed image makes it a little easier to stay within the lines when coloring. I then prepped my station by taping down the paper with painter’s tape to my desk to keep the paper in place and also keep it from warping when it dries.
I worked on the background first by damping the areas around the flowers with water, and then started painting with diluted Weathered Wood Distress Ink. After the background is dried, I used Zig Clean Color Brush Pens to add color to the flowers. These Zig pens are water-based so I was able to go back in with my water brush and gently blend the colors to create a more watercolor effect.
And lastly, the sentiment! I created those words from a DYMO Embossing Label Maker (which I absolutely love using!), and glued the completed work to some black card stock. I did both cards together, and I think in total it took about an hour, but well worth it! Here’s some closer shots of the cards:
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