Sunday, 20 March 2016

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - March 2016 - Blended Bloom

Welcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Allison Okamitsu - we are thrilled that Allison said yes to playing along with us this month!
This month we are excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by Allison and we hope you find great inspiration from the projects.
Whether you are starting the blog hop here at my blog, Stephanie Fischer - The Crafty Thinker, or have come from the person before me, be sure to click on the person listed under me further down the page to continue your journey on this blog hop.

The card I cased
This is the card I eventually chose to CASE.  I found so much inspiration on Allison's blog that it was difficult for me to narrow it down!  I really liked the idea of using a vellum die cut sunburst to add an additional subtle layer of interest to a card.  In the case of my card, it also served to tone down the pattern on the DSP I used for my background.
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I love the vellum sunburst

Click on the image of Allison's card to link to her blog.

I used the same concept with the vellum and similar layout to highlight a Blended Bloom that I had been watercolouring.

I stamped the banner from the Bloomin' Love set in Basic Black and added a Teeny Tiny Sentiment in Rose Red.

I trimmed the vellum sunburst to the same size as the DSP layer and adhered that to a Basic Black layer before adding it to the front of the Rose Red card.

I stamped the Blended Bloom onto Shimmery White cardstock with Rose Red ink.  My first step was to colour in the stamens with a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker, so that I didn't "lose" them!
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The first layer of petals is complete

Working one petal at a time (making sure any adjacent petals were dry), I watercoloured the flower with Rose Red and Elegant Eggplant inks.  I used the purple to add the deep shadows.  For the highlights, I left the white of the cardstock showing.

I like to use ink from the refill bottles (I just squeeze a few drops into the lid of the relevant stamp pad) so that I can more easily control my ink/water mix - which affects the depth of colour I add.

I painted the centre of the flower with Gold Wink of Stella and added a few dabs to the stamens for highlights.


I hope you've enjoyed this card and I welcome your comments. 

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop. Remember that currently you are at my blog - Stephanie Fischer - so click on the next name in the list to ensure that you don't miss out of seeing any of the blogs and the amazing inspiration they contain.

'Til next time.
Stephanie


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42 comments:

  1. Love it, Stepanie. I hadn't thought of stamping the flower in one of the colours that I use for water colouring- genius

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  2. WOW the vellum starburst look fab - as does the whole card - very striking in Red.

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  3. Stunning card Stephanie! Your watercoloring is amazing! And I love the vellum sunburst over the DSP - just perfect! xoxo

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  4. WOW!!! That watercoloring is just awesome!

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  5. This is incredible Stephanie! The flower is jumping out of my computer at me. Incredible skill you have there.

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  6. Great colouring Steph....such a wonderful card

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  7. Awesome colouring Stephanie....Love Love Love your card

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  8. Such talent to create an amazing flower. Awesome card.

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  9. You've perfected the flower shading it has so much depth looks real. The vellum sunburst rays adds to the effect - it just shines beautifully. Love it! :)

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    1. Thank you Juan, you're very kind. Not perfected but, hopefully, improving!

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  10. Wow! You're shading always amazes me! Love the vellum sunburst too! Xx

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    1. Thank you, Jessie, for your kind comment.

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    1. It's very versatile isn't it? I think I'll use it more often now.

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  12. What a real WOW card!!! I love it, I never tight to do that with vellum - it's so effective!

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! No, I wouldn't have thought of it either - Allison is very clever!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa - I really appreciate your comment.

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  14. Love the watercolouring - something I just cant seem to master!

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    1. Thank you, Nanette. I have never been good at - so my advice would be ... keep practicing!

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  15. Just stunning, I'm going to have to get mine out again - just love your coloring. Angexx

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  16. Wow. Beautiful flower. It is just beautiful. Your shading of the petals is stunning!well done.

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  17. Stephanie - this flower is absolutely amazing! I'm in disbelief that it's not a photograph of an actual flower. Your card is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much for looking in, Brian, and for your lovely comment! You're very kind!

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  18. Wow - that watercoloured flower is stunning! Superbly done! :-)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Tracy.

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  19. It's an echo but WOW! My watercoloring style needs help and your flower is stunningly beautiful. WOW beautiful!

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  20. Hello Stephanie! Your watercolouring is absolutely stunning and your card beautiful!
    xo Allison

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    1. Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Allison!

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