Stampin’ Up! Birthday Blooms for the Totally Techniques Blog Hop

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I used the Stampin’ Up! Birthday Blooms stamp set to create my card for the monthly Totally Techniques blog hop.  This month we’re focusing on the watercoloring.

I tried out the no line watercoloring technique where the images are stamped with the regular Stampin’ Up! inks and watercolored with a damp Aqua Painter.  I think that I need a little more practice with the blending, but overall I was happy with the way that my project turned out.

Here is my card:

Birthday Blooms - Stamp With Amy K

The design for my card is loosely based on Retrosketches #207.

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The colors for my card were inspired by Cupcake Inspirations 352.

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I started by stamping the image from the Hardwood stamp in Sahara Sand ink on a panel of Sahara Sand card stock.  I wrapped a strand of Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim around the panel, securing it on the back with tape, then I adhered the stamped panel to a Sahara Sand card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Birthday Blooms 1 - Stamp With Amy K

For the watercolor panel, I started by wetting the entire panel with just water then I added a little Pear Pizzazz ink to the panel and moved it around until the entire panel was lightly covered with ink.  I let the panel dry completely, then stamped the flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Wild Wasabi ink.  I used a fairly dry Aqua Painter and Wild Wasabi ink to paint the leaves on the flower.

Birthday Blooms 3 - Stamp With Amy K

I stamped the flower image on a separate panel of watercolor paper in Tangerine Tango ink and I used a fairly dry Aqua Painter to a paint the flower images with Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight inks.  I let the images dry completely, then snipped them out and adhered them to the larger watercolor panel with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I adhered the stamped panel to a panel of Wild Wasabi card stock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, then to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Birthday Blooms 2 - Stamp With Amy K

I painted a smaller panel of watercolor paper with a watercolor wash in Pear Pizzazz ink, let it dry, then stamped the banner image and sentiment from the You’re So Lovely stamp set in Pear Pizzazz and Tangerine Tango inks.  I cut the banner out with the matching Large Numbers Framelits Dies and adhered it with Glue Dots to the card front.  I added a Pear Pizzazz Candy Dot from the Subtles Candy Dots pack and two Pearl Basic Jewels to finish the card front.

Birthday Blooms 4 - Stamp With Amy K

I inked the flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Tangerine Tango ink, stamped it on scrap paper, then stamped it on a panel of Very Vanilla card stock on the inside of the card.

You can find a complete list of supplies, including card stock cuts, at the very bottom of this post.

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  1. Sandi MacIver – Canada
  2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand
  3. Amy Koenders – USA <= You Are Here
  4. Lee Conrey – USA
  5. Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
  6. Marine Wiplier – France
  7. Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
  8. Heather Wright-Porto – USA
  9. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
  10. Nadine Weiner – Germany
  11. Alison Solven – Canada

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Card stock cuts for this project:

  • Sahara Sand – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base, 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel
  • Wild Wasabi – 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ panel
  • Very Vanilla – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside card)
  • Watercolor Paper – 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ panel, four hand cut images, Large Numbers Framelits die cut

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34 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Birthday Blooms for the Totally Techniques Blog Hop

  1. Wow amy, your watercolor is gorgeous and I absolutely love that color combo with the brown background, really makes it pop

  2. What a beautiful card – perfect for any number of occasions. Your watercolor technique is so pretty. I love using my SU! inks for coloring, no extra watercolor set required. Have you ever tried the watercolor crystals? They’re quite unique!

  3. Any this is a truly beautiful card. I love the layering and the delicate details like the lace and the pearls and candy ifot which complement the colours and design perfectly! And your water colouring is the bomb! ❤️❤️❤️

  4. I think it’s brilliant to add that subtle colour first and then add your cut out flower on top. Sometimes I want a subtle outline to my flowers and this works beautifully for that technique. Such a soft and springy feeling card. Just gorgeous.

  5. So beautiful Amy! Phenomenal watercoloring, this is a technique I really want to try. I love how the colors are so subtle, yet together they pack such a punch 🙂 LOVE the Sahara Sand Hardwood with the Tangerine Tango combo.

  6. All I can say is STUNNING! Your flowers and buds look Incredibly luscious and just pop off the page, Amy! Sheer Gorgeousness! Love it~

  7. You nailed this challenge my friend, the no line water coloring technique is so lovely and subtle yet the flower still really pops off the card. I LOVE IT!!

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