Friday 26 August 2022

Blossom Branch Best Wishes

I needed a couple of cards to send to the winner of my recent giveaway Liz, and another to go with a smaller set of papers and toppers which I found I had just sitting unused and which I have sent to Kath, the only other lady who was interested in the giveaway, and having shown her a photo of the set she said she would like this so everyone's a winner, and it makes me feel better to think that someone is getting some use out of things that I know will just sit here for far too long, get spoiled and then be unusable.  I know I would probably have had more interest if I had not restricted it to the UK, but if I do have another in the not too distant future, and there is that possibility, I will include all overseas followers and commenters too.  I used a freebie digi colouring page with these pretty blossoms and made a different version for each lady.

The first I coloured in tones of blue watercoloured with a set which I acquired whilst on holiday..another by Koh-I-Noor.  They are great for taking out comprising of four layers which each have six colours so twenty four in all, and they just unscrew to open out which makes them very portable.  This was the first time I have used them and I used 160gsm white paper which took the water reasonably well, buckling just a little.  I finished the colouring with some Polycolour Pencil over the top to deepen the shading which worked well.  These pencils are also by Koh-I-Noor and I have used them on several projects recently.  I finished this first card by die cutting with a square stitched die and stamped a sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink before adding it to a 6" square card.

I am entering the following challenges with the above card:

Craft Rocket Challenge - No. 95 Flowers.
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday August Challenge - Anything Goes.
Creative Inspirations August Challenge - Anything Goes.


I decided on this second card to just use the pencils and coloured with tones of yellow, orange and red, and I used a couple of greens and brown and black.  I decided to use a Scalloped Stitched die by Poppy Stamps to frame this one but it didn't cut out well at all as I think I made the mistake of not backing it onto another piece of card to strengthen it before die cutting.  I tried sticking it down using wet glue and it was a disaster as it stretched and the three pieces comprising the centre and a double stitched inner frame followed by the outer scalloped frame would not match up as in cutting this frame I also had to cut into the coloured portion of the design and so it was crucial to get it to match up properly.  I ended up cutting another frame and placed the new pieces over the top cutting the scalloped edge back which made it easier as no matching of the scalloped edge required...I did use double sided tape this time and although I lost some of the flowers, more so at the top, it works OK.  I absolutely hate giving up on something and I was so pleased with the colouring I didn't want to start again.  I finished this one with the same sentiment as above but using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and this time I placed it onto a 7" x 5" card.

 Thank you for joining me here today and I'll see you again soon.


Aquarius said...

Two very pretty floral cards, beautifully coloured. Top marks for perseverance with the frame die on the second one. So annoying when dies don't quite do what we expect of them.

Marjan said...

Both cards with this beautiful blossom stamp are lovely! They have an elegant look! I have a slight preference for the yellow one, probably because of the placing of the stamp and the depth in the biggest flower.

Kath said...

My card is beautiful Pat - so much prettier than the photograph. Thank you too for the lovely hexagons.
Kath x

Liz said...

Two beautiful cards, Pat. I'm looking at the blue one right now, as it's sat on a shelf right in front of me. It's even more stunning IRL. xx

Mrs A. said...

Wow. The flower looks so totally different just by changing the colouring. I like the second one too. I hate giving up on a card when it doesn't go as planned. Glad you persevered and saved this one. Hugs Mrs A.

Cathy said...

These are both beautiful Pat, I have some 160gsm card I bought for occasionally printing sentiments. Not been game enough to print an image. Your watercolouring is gorgeous as is the pencil colouring. Love the framing too and well saved on the yellow beauty! Cathy x

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely cards Pat and I like both annoying with things happen when die cutting but you've certainly didn't give up and have ended up with a beautiful card...


Paper Scissors Glitter said...

Love your watercolour cards, they are very pretty. Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations and good luck Jayne DT

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards with your amazing colouring, Pat!! I love both versions and the ladies will love to get these with their goodies! xx

Kathyk said...

Two really delightful cards today Pat, lovely colouring and lovely colours too

Happy Monday


Ellibelle said...

How beautifully this turned out and loving both color version!
Gorgeous stamp and beautiful die!
Thanks so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge! Hope you'll stop by again tomorrow when a new linky will be posted!
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