Retiring Favorites

By | May 9, 2015

Before I get to my card for today, I want to wish all the mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow!  Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

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Now, on to retiring products.  It’s that time of year again…  The new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog is coming out soon, which means we’ll have exciting new products to inspire us.  But, it also means we have to say good-bye to some of our favorite products.  That’s just the way it goes, right?  Out with old, in with the new.  Well, today I’m playing with some of my old favorites.

My card today is a get well card for my husband’s aunt, who will be having surgery next week.  She’s going through a very tough procedure, so I really wanted to make something special for her.

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I used several of my absolute favorite retiring products on this card including:  the Bloom With Hope Hostess stamp set, Park Lane Designer Series Paper, Perfect Pennants BigZ Die Cut, Curly Label Punch, and Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon.  Whew, that’s a lot of favorites!  I fell in love with Bloom With Hope from the very beginning, because it’s a great stamp set to color.  The sketched style of this stamp set really appeals to the artist in me.  I used a masking technique to first stamp the large flower, then stamp the leaves behind it.

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I used Shimmery White card stock for my pennants, because it works great for watercoloring, and it coordinates well with the Park Lane Designer Series Paper, which has a white background.  I watercolored the flowers using an Aqua Painter with Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Hello Honey and Daffodil Delight ink.  The Daffodil Delight ink was a little too light, so I also added some Hello Honey for depth.  Afterwards, I sponged around the edges with Old Olive.

Tip:  When watercoloring, start out with barely any color on your brush.  You can always add color, but you can’t take it away.  Watercolor in small blocks.  For example on this card, I painted a few petals at a time by first applying a wash of light color, then adding more saturated color to the center of the petals and letting the paint bleed into the rest of the wet petal.  This technique works great for flowers.

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Aren’t these pennant shapes fun?  I’m so sad that this BigZ Die is retiring!  I really love using these shapes on cards.

All three of the designer series papers shown on this card come from Park Lane.  I just love the colors in this pack.  To finish off my card, I added some Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon and Linen Thread, along with a banner created from A Dozen Thoughts.  I definitely think this card will cheer up my husband’s aunt!

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Supplies used on my card:

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Tami Hewlett


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