Sunday, March 1, 2015

I'm a Guest Stamper for Stampin' Pretty!

As I write this post we are in the middle of a blizzard in Colorado and I know it is pretty, but...
I am a warm weather beach girl and I was inspired by this bloom from our yard last summer to make today's card.
I am also pleased to be this week's guest stamper on Stampin' Pretty, the amazing blog of my incredible upline, Mary Fish! So here is how I made my card. I first did the Bokeh technique by watercoloring Stampin' Up! inks onto watercolor paper. (I wet the watercolor paper with a paintbrush, then using my aqua painters, I grabbed ink from my ink pads and just "blotched" the different colors around until the paper was covered. After the paper dried, I sponged white ink through a mask I made by punching different sized circle punches on a sheet of acetate. Next, I stamped and embossed my Blended Bloom stamp with white ink (and clear embossing powder) on whisper white cardstock, Then I sponged Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Melon Mambo inks onto the flower with sponges, and afterwards rubbed the excess off with a tissue. This technique is called emboss resist. I made two of the same flower so I could cut and layer and curl and fuss until I had a more dimensional flower. I used Basic Gray ink to stamp the sentiment from the current Sale a Bration Best Day Ever stamp set (I love this set!). Then I sponged Basic Gray ink on my white SU organza ribbon to get a perfect match to the cardstock and ink in the center of the flower. I roughed up the edges of the watercolor paper to keep the "natural" feel of the card. Then, I added some tiny rhinestones for sparkle! Inside I stamped my daughter's birthdate (with my Alphabet Rotary Stamp) and the Best Day Ever stamp. I will give the card to her for her upcoming birthday. Everything I used here is Stampin' Up! This card makes me feel like it is at least April or May already! Thanks for taking a look! Thank you Mary, for allowing me to be your guest stamper today!

Best. Daughter. Ever.


  1. I didn't have a chance to come her to your blog yesterday but I'm here today to tell you that I absolutely love your card. I saw it on Mary's blog and I was blown away by your lovely water coloring. This is my favorite way to color my images but the technique you used on your beautiful card, although I've heard about it, never tried it before. Thank you for sharing your lovely creation.

  2. Your card is beautiful! I love everything about it! Your daughter will cherish it! Thanks for sharing! XX

  3. I love your beautiful card! I am also a photographer and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Bokeh technique in photography as well. Being able to mimmic this technique has always thrilled me. Thank you for sharing your card and technique. And I also love your background images for your blog! So fun!