Friday, May 4, 2018

CD 291 - A BIG Floral Hello!

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge 291! 

This week, the palette is taken from within the Beautiful You colours - a brand new paper pack from the Seasonal Expression 2 catalog at Close To My Heart. 

Smoothie, Sapphire and Heather (plus Black and White if desired) make up this week's palette and Gold is optional. Please do not add any additional colours. 

I wanted to try something that I haven't done before and that was mixing watercolour pencils and blending the colours. I knew I would need to use watercolour paper since the blending would require a thicker paper. I did some experimenting first and the Smoothie colour came fairly easily. Sapphire, however, took me several tries. It wasn't until I added red to my mix that I was able to get the darker blue that I was after. 

The stamp is from Concord and 9th and is called Hello Lovely. I embossed it with gold embossing powder - more for the purpose of not having ink running with the blending process. Most of the colouring was done around the base of the leaves and flowers and then blended toward the outside. I used a regular blending pen for the large flowers and leaves and the Clear Shimmer Brush for the smaller flowers and the small leaves. 

The sentiment was embossed on vellum using Sapphire Pigment Ink and clear detail embossing powder and then wrapped around the front of the card. I added a couple of gold gems, primarily to hold down the sentiment but they also add a nice effect. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the palette shown above. You have 2 weeks to enter this challenge. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Watercolour Paper, Sapphire Cardstock, Vellum
Stamps: Hello Lovely (Concord and 9th)
Inks: Versamark, Sapphire Pigment Ink
Accessories: Watercolour Pencils, Clear Shimmer Brush, Blending Pen (ret), Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Glitter Gems (ret.)



  1. Stunning card! Love the gold embossing with the watercolors. Fantastic!!

  2. Fabulous card! I love the gold embossing and your bouquet is colored perfectly!

  3. Fantastic job on the embossing and watercoloring technique. Beautiful it all.

  4. What a stunning card. I love the gold embossing with the watercolors. Your coloring is amazing!


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