Grateful for you

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend!

I can never get tired of gold embossing and this “Grateful for you” card is inspired by the ethic fabric print of the Straits Born Chinese.  I was also inspired by the intricate design of Indian sari fabric as they are often in bright colors, accentuated with fine lines of gold.

So, here is what I came up with, using Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds,

For this project, my intent is to use water coloring technique but I wanted to achieve bright and brilliant colors as well as to add shimmer.  So, I mixed Tim Holtz Distress markers with Wink of Stella - Clear to get the effect, instead of using the usual water color brush.

I really love the shimmer effect, here is a close up,

Step by step instructions

  1. Stamp floral image top and bottom on watercolor paper with Watermark ink.
  2. Emboss with Hero Arts gold embossing powder.
  3. Stamp sentiment with watermark ink and emboss with Hero Arts gold embossing powder.
  4. Color with Distress markers, using Wink of Stella - Clear to blend in for different shades as well as to add the subtle shimmer on the image.
  5. Trim watercolor paper and round the four corners.
  6. Attach to card base using foam tape.

Don’t worry about dirtying the tip of Wink of Stella pen, after use, just color it off on a scrap paper, the distress marker colors will go off and the Wink of Stella will still stay clear.  So, after every use with a Distress Color, just clean it before proceeding to another color.

This is a beautiful floral set and I love how there are additional bold flowers and leaves in the set to mix and match.

J2S216 Blossoming Buds

I hope you like this design.  Have a great week ahead.

Supplies and Tools

  • Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds
  • Watermark Ink Pad
  • Hero Arts Gold embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers
  • Wink of Stella - Clear

You may check out the supplies availability here.

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  1. Geri G says:

    STUNNING! The shimmer is gorgeous….what an incredibly clever idea! I love all the white space that surrounds the focal point…sure does make the glammed up flowers shine! Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Card Concept Challenge and also thanks for the great step-by-step “How To” deets!

  2. dahlhouse designs says:

    Oooh, the gold embossing is just lovely. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.

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