I was inspired by a tutorial from Jennifer McGuire on "Effortless Watercoloring". Jennifer gives such easy and straight forward tutorials on how to create beautiful cards! You can watch her video here. The stamp I used is from Picket Fence Studios and is called "Christmas Poinsettia Star".
I started by stamping the image on some watercolour paper with embossing ink and then embossed the image with embossing powder. After heat setting the powders, I went ahead and and used 2 different ways to create these beautiful Poinsettia cards.
On this card I heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then painted the flower and leaves with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Lucky Clover, Orange Marmalade and water. I stamped a second image and embossed it as well. I sprayed my watercolored images with glitter spray and set them aside to dry. Once they were dry, I hand cut out the image and glued it to some gold glitter paper. Then I cut just the inside part of the flower from my 2nd image and popped it up on the main image for some dimension. I added the "Be Merry" die cut that I cut out 4 times and glued together so it also had dimension. Then a few glitter gold gems finished off the design.
On this card I used Jennifers tutorial. I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder. Using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries and Fired Brick, I added the ink directly to the image using the ink pad in layers and then added a ton of water with my water sprayer. The water reacts with the ink and gives you the easy watercolor look. You have to be patient and let the inks dry on their own to achieve the effect. I added white sequins to the middle of the Poinsettia for a classic look.
This card uses the same technique as above. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers to create this colour combination. I hand cut out the image and added it to an embossed background I created with a Polkadot Embossing Folder. The "Season's Greetings" die is also cut out 4 times and glued together for dimension. Some clear droplet beads were added for a fun look and I love how the colour shows through from behind them.
I love the look of these techniques and can't wait to try it again. It makes you look at your stamps in a totally different way. Thanks for stopping by today!