Monday, July 22, 2013

Christmas in July - Birthday Celebration Challenge #3

Continuing with the Birthday Celebrations at Flourishes, here is Challenge #3 - make a Christmas creation. I have been having fun lately working with re-inkers and watercolour paper, so that's how I started this challenge off.

I stamped the largest image from the Poinsettia and Pine stamp set onto three pieces of watercolour paper with Versamark ink. I heat embossed all three with gold embossing powder. 

Next I spritzed one of the images with water and watercoloured the flower petals of the image using a paint brush and three shades of pink/rose re-inker. This is similar to what I did for a previous card, however on this card the placement of re-inker was much more controlled and contained within the embossing. (I think this is similar to what some people call the floating re-inker technique, however that is done with glossy CS and a water brush). I repeated the above with the second embossed image and on the third embossed image I coloured everything but the flower petals (I had to colour the pine boughs using a water based dye marker since the water colour technique would not work on these sections because the spaces between the embossing were too small) - this became my base for layering the flower petals. 

The hardest part about this technique is waiting for the paper to dry. After everything was dry I fussy cut the image from the third piece, this became the base of my flower. I then cut around the Poinsettia only from one of the other two images and from the last piece I cut only a few of the flower petals to add dimension to my flower. Then I layered everything using glue and 3D foam.

I created my own gold pearls by pressing a sheet of little pearls into my versamark pad and embossing them with gold EP. I did some larger pearls as well, but this gets more difficult the larger the pearls. I did the same thing with the edges of my Romantic Rectangles diecut.

Supplies: Standard A2 size
Stamps - Poinsettia & Pine (Flourishes)
Ink - VersaMark, Gold EP, Re-inkers - Garden Green, Topiary, Gypsy, Juniper, Twilight, Blush, Cotton Candy, Tulip; Hollyhock marker, Ponderosa Pine marker (CTMH)
Paper - DP- Christmas Cottage (Teresa Collins), Classic Ivory CS (Flourishes), watercolour paper
Accessories - pearls (CTMH)
Other - Romantic Rectangles Die (Spellbinders), spray bottle, paint brush, 3D foam


  1. What... You created your own gold pearls, now that is AWESOME! I love that you embossed the poinsettia as well. This is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for playing in Flourishes Christmas Challenge!

  2. Beautiful Ms. Connie and how fun that you decided to embellish your embellishments! ;-) Fabulous creation!

  3. I love the effect you created on your pointsettia! Gorgeous. A what a wonderful tip to turn the pearls gold!!


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