Today is my second guest designer gig at Mama Elephant. I have had so much fun working with their adorable stamp sets this month! I'll be showing you two cards with the new Organic Blooms stamp set and a card and tag with the Cub Cuddles stamp set. You can refer to this POST for my "one stamp, five ways" post using the Organic Blooms set as well.
My favorite set of their four new ones that were part of this release was Organic Blooms because a) I love flower stamps and b) I love watercoloring. They are the perfect flower to watercolor! I used embossing for both of these cards as the base for painting. I think I prefer this look to the ones stamped in black.
I stamped Organic Blooms using Versamark ink and white embossing powder overlapping the edges in three of the corners on watercolor paper (I used my highest quality Fabriano Paper as I knew I wanted to spend some time on this painting). I then painted in the flowers and leaves using my Daniel Smith watercolors. Yep, I was a watercolor snob on this card haha! I love mixing two colors on flowers, so I started with a rose color on the parts of the leaves that were closest to the stems and then I added yellow to the tips of the leaves letting the colors mix together where they met. THIS is why I love watercolors so much - watching them do their magic makes me oooh and ahhhh! After I painted the flowers, I did a light wash on the background of some greens around the plants and then a sparkly white in between the flowers blending the greens out. This paper, these paints in these colors, and these flowers are just YUMMY to me - I could stare at them all day. Nothing is more beautiful than watercolors in my mind anyway!
Ok, enough drooling over my own work - hahahaha (not really - it's the paints and the paper and the stamps that get the credit!). I die-cut the painted piece using a stitched rectangle from MFT Blueprints 13. I then stamped the words with SSS Intense Black Ink and cut around them. I attached them to the center of the card and added three sequins from my SSS May Card Kit (love these BIG ones!).
This card also uses the gorgeous Organic Bloom stamp set. This time I embossed the design with WOW Royal Crush embossing powder and it really is WOW! It is a purple shimmery color with specks of blue glitter. I watercolored the image using the same colors that are in the embossing powders - blues, purples, and pinks. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and added that to a label die and then added some sequins in both corners (large ones from my SSS May Card Kit and smaller ones are Pretty Pink Posh. I added a white frame around the blooms using the Framed Tags die set out of white cardstock and attached all to a bright pink card base.
I love these adorable bears in the Cub Cuddles stamp set. I decided to create a black bear family with a mom, a dad, and two kids (are black bears the ones that eat people?). I used the Landscape Trio die set to create the clouds and grass and die-cut the outside edges with my largest rectangle from the Lawn Fawn large stitched rectangle set. After I die-cut them out of watercolor paper, I rubbed Distress Inks on the grass and the background for a sky (colors are listed in the supplies below). I used no-line stamping for my bears and balloons on the card by stamping with a light colored Distress Ink and then watercoloring them so the lines didn't show. I created a scene where the little baby bear accidentally let go of his balloon, so he climbed on dad's back to try and catch it.
Last, I created this little tag using the Cub Cuddles stamps. The two tags I layered are die-cut from the Framed Tags set and then watercolored. I also watercolored a baby bear, a little teeny bird, and a pinwheel and attached them to the tag front. I stamped happy birthday and added some twine.
I'm so happy that I got to design with the adorable Mama Elephant products as a guest designer this month! I'll be back later this week with a "one stamp, five ways" post using the other flower set by Yoonsun for Simon Says Stamps called Sketch Ranunculus. Thanks for visiting today! Suzy