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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Chinese Lantern Flowers

Hi everyone.  I really wanted to enter the CAS Watercolour Challenge and as usual am running out of time so I quickly whipped up a card today as the challenge closes tomorrow, luckily we are eight hours ahead timewise which makes it a bit better..lol.


I used a relatively new set of stamps from one of my favourite companies Chocolate Baroque and the set is called Autumn Poppy.  These I think are Chinese Lanterns which are a lovely orange colour, but these look a little muted, due in part to having to take a photo under a daylight lamp and not in proper daylight.

I decided to make this a one layer card and started with the background.  I used a piece of acrylic and laid down some Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks onto it and spritzed with water.  I then turned it over and applied the inked acrylic to the lefthand side of the card.  I continued with one or two more layers until I was happy with  the colour.  Applying the ink this way gives you more control of where the colour goes, and I have to be honest and say that I got the idea from Karen whose blog is full of beautiful inky creations.

I then stamped the image using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and coloured with my Distress Inks and a  waterbrush using the following colours:  For the flowers - Spiced Marmalade, a little Mustard Seed for the highlights and Faded Jeans added for the shadows, and for the leaves - again Mustard Seed for the highlights, Mowed Lawn and Pine needles mixed in for the shadows.

I finished by stamping the sentiment using the Smokey Gray Ink and whilst wet I heat embossed with Versamark and some WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to be back before the end of the month as I am going to try and enter the Rudolph Days Challenge, so see you then.






I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - One Layer Card.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add A Sentiment.
Country View Challenges January 2018 - Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Something New ( I have never used this stamp before).
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - No. 131 Anything Goes.

20 comments:

  1. Your card is beautiful Pat. The flower stamp is lovely and I really like the colours. Barbxx

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  2. Absolutely beautiful Pat, it's a gorgeous image and so beautifully coloured, a lovely cas design, Kate x

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  3. Your acetate smooshing background is so pretty, Pat. Love how those chinese lanterns are shaded. They really look 3-D! Orange and blue is such a wonderful colour combo. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

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  4. What pretty flowers, Pat! And I love the background that turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  5. Beautiful Pat, awesome OLC. I love your contrast with the blue on the left side of your gorgeous lanterns. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour :)

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  6. FABULOUS watercolor effect!! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Add a Sentiment” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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  7. Beautiful work - so delicate.
    Thanks for sharing with us at PB & More. Lynn
    DT

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  8. Such a beautiful card! Love the watercolor wash and the floral stamp is so pretty!
    Thank you so much for joining us this month at Penny Black and More challenge!

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  9. Such a pretty card. Thanks so much for joining in with our anything goes challenge over at Country View Challenges xx

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  10. My neighbour has a beautiful display of Chinese lanterns in her garden every autumn - I love them! Nice to see a stamp depicting them. And you watercoloured it so well - great sense of dimension. Great background smooshing too. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

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  11. Pat you have done a marvellous job on the colours on this wonderful card. Yes where does time go???

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  12. You did this one quickly? It sure doesn't look like it was. Great water coloring card and image. Love the acetate technique and your is great. This is a wonderful one layer card. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday. We would love to see you again. Best wishes.
    Barbara Design Team Member

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  13. Really like this Pat. The background makes the lanterns pop! Lovely.

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  14. These Chinese lanterns look super on your background. I like the colour of them. I managed my card for the Rudolph challenge but only because it was a card un shown from last year! Hugs Mrs A.

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  15. Beautiful card, Pat. The background is really lovely. Thanks for the instructions of how you created it - I've never thought to do it this way. Gorgeous stamp too, beautifully coloured. xx

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  16. A gorgeous stamp Pat and you've coloured it beautifully. I like the subtle touch of blue in the background too. I don't have many CB stamps but that's something that I need to rectify. Thank you for your visits and kind comments :) Crafty hugs, Sandra x

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  17. A beautiful creation for our 'Something New' theme at Penny Black and More challenge, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

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  18. Fab card ! Thank you for joining our January Challenge over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

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  19. Beautiful! You were so successful with the acrylic smooshing, mine never looks so good. And of course your distress watercolor of these Chinese lanterns is lovely. I really like the color combination on this fab 1 layer card. Good job! TFS & Hugs

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  20. A lovely card and the colouring looks beautiful
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

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