One of my very favorite products from the Annual Catalog is the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. It’s got gorgeous background papers, including the beautiful wood background paper that I’m featuring on my card today. There are four sheets of this paper in the stack, and I’m hording them for very special cards.
And this card is very, very special. It’s for a dear friend of mine who’s father just recently passed away after an unexpected and quick bout with cancer. My heart goes out to her, because it reminds me far too much of my own father’s passing not even three years ago. While there’s little I can do to help my friend’s sorrow, I can at least try to make a beautiful card to let her know how much I care.
For this card, I decided to go back to my favorite style … watercoloring. I simply used the May Flowers Framelits dies to cut out all the flowers and leaves from watercolor paper, and then I used an Aqua Painter to watercolor the dies. I wanted the colors to be elegant, so I stuck with shades of pink and brown.
Tip: When using this technique, cover the entire die cut with clear water first. Then, go back and add color a little at a time. Leave “white” spaces so the shading shows and be sure to add darker colors to sections of the die for contrast.
The May Flowers Framelits dies coordinate with the Falling Flowers stamp set. You can purchase both in a bundle for 15% off. I ALWAYS take advantage of the discounted bundle prices when they’re offered. I know I’m going to want both, so why not buy them at the same time and save money?
I didn’t do a lot of stamping on this card; however, the beautiful flourish in the background is part of the Falling Flowers stamp set.
For the sentiment, I used the “With Sympathy” stamp from the Rose Wonder stamp set. I love the script from that stamp set; it’s really versatile. Since the colors on this card are soft, I decided to break out my new Copper Embossing Powder. I think it coordinates well with the background paper.
The May Flowers Framelits Dies has lots of gorgeous intricate die cuts, as well as solid ones. I mixed them up and layered them to add interest and more color to this card. For intricate dies such as these, Stampin’ Up! suggests using the Precision Base Plate with your Big Shot. It really makes cutting out these dies easy. Also, the Big Shot Die Brush is great for removing all the tiny pieces quickly.
To finish off my card, I took a long strand of Linen thread, and unraveled and looped it behind the largest flower.
Supplies used on my card:
If you missed my earlier message, I’m only posting intermittently during the summer when I have time to create. I’m spending time with my husband and kids, before the kids go back to school.
We just got back from an awesome week in Lake Tahoe at a lakefront house in Jameson Beach.
We sat on the dock and watched the big 4th of July fireworks show in South Lake Tahoe.
And we biked, hiked, swam, kayaked, played cards, and just plain relaxed!!!
The best part was that my mom joined us for most of the trip.
It was heaven!