I'm really starting to like watercolor painting... or I guess it's sort of painting.
I've made this card for the CASology: Week 138: Blossom Challenge and I figured what better stamp to use than Stampin' Up's Blended Bloom!
I loved this stamp as soon as I saw it! It was likely created to showcase their Blendabilities markers but sadly, those are no longer... and I already had Copics so I didn't buy too many of them anyway.
Regardless, the stamp is awesome because you can do so much with it... Copics, Colored Pencils, or inky watercoloring like I've done here!
I started by stamping in VersaMark on watercolor paper and then heat embossing with Hero Arts white embossing powder. It was then just a matter of filling in each petal with inks and lots of water. I used Distress inks which pretty much guarantees a beautiful blending of the colors! Just remember to always let them dry completely before making on a final judgement on your project; I thought I'd killed this one when it was wet but I came back later to find a gem when it was totally dry!
I finished off the card by trimming the watercolor paper down to a narrow strip and mounting it on a white card base. I then mounted my sentiment stamp at a curve to "hug" my blossom and stamped it above and below the flower. Finally, and just because I can never leave well enough alone, I added a strip of Plum Pudding cardstock down one side and covered the whole image in Wink of Stella clear glitter pen which I really wish you could see in the picture but... not so much. I promise it's very sparkly!
Paper - Stamper's Select White & Plum Pudding (PTI); Watercolor Paper
Inks - VersaMark, Versafine; Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed (Ranger)
Stamps - Blended Bloom (SU); Garden of Life (PTI)
Other - White Embossing Powder (HA); Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen