Hi Crafty Friends,
We are sharing two awesome Big and Bold thank you cards using the Big and Bold Daisy and Dahlias stamp by Colorado Craft Company and illustrated by the super talented Heather Telford. Heather has cleverly used no-line coloring and Karin watercolor markers for her striking blue floral card and a dramatic black and white theme for the other.
Happy New Year everyone, I’m excited to be back on the Foiled Fox blog with a couple of bright happy cards. I’m using the big and bold ‘Daisy & Dahlia’ stamp from Colorado Craft Company. I did some no-line watercolor using the Karin Brushmarkers and an embossed black and white panel.
Last time I was here on the blog I was talking about the Karin brushmarkers and doing some tip to tip blending. For today’s card, I decided to keep it simple and use a single marker for each flower so you could see the variation in depth from just one ink. I stamped the daisy & dahlia image on Fabriano hot pressed watercolor paper in Papertrey soft stone ink which is turning out to be a good no-line watercolor ink option. For each of the flowers I worked on one petal at a time but it was not too time-consuming. I used the turquoise marker to dab a spot or two of ink at the base of the daisy petals and blended the ink with a water brush. You don’t need much water for each petal so I kept the water brush empty and occasionally dipped it in the water when it dried out or became saturated with ink. The top dahlia is cyan ink and the petals of the one on the right are colored with royal blue. The royal blue marker ink is a dark and bold ink so I was pleased to see how subtle the coloring could be when I used only a tiny dot of ink then blended it to fill the petal.
To keep the detail of the flower centers I inked them with the henna and black Karin brush markers using the direct-to-stamp inking method. I blended the ink every so slightly with water but not over the whole area. Rather than introduce a green ink for the leaves I chose the cool grey 3 marker which was similar to the soft stone ink.
To complete the card I stamped a large sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio ‘scripted bold sentiments 1’ set in nocturne Versafine Clair ink then embossed it in clear powder. I also embossed the daisy & dahlia stamp in Brutus Monroe alabaster powder on white cardstock to create a subtle base for the panel with a narrow black cardstock mat to frame the colored panel.
Once I saw how well the white embossing worked I decided to make a second card with Brutus Monroe alabaster pigment ink on black cardstock then embossed in the same alabaster powder. Detailed outline stamps can look amazing embossed in white on dark cardstock and I was pleased to see the detail of the petals and centers show up so well. I matted the panel in mint julep cardstock then die-cut and stacked some letters using the C&9 simple serif alphabet dies to form the word ‘thanks’.
Hope your year is off to a great start; I look forward to sharing more creative projects with you here in 2021.
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