Sunday 25 August 2019

Vibrant fuchsias for spring

Spring is in the air with the garden blossoming with loads of lavender blooms, bright orange clivias, the first freesia in dark burgundy and the first fuchsia flowers opening.
Today’s card was inspired by my excitement seeing the first fuchsia flowers yesterday.

 The Avery Elle hummingbird stamp and die set has been ‘hovering’ on my desk and on my online store’s display racks since last summer and my hands have been itching to use it.

I was inspired yesterday to do these lovely fuchsias and hummingbird in watercolours with heat embossing. I am a watercolour  painter (mainly flowers) and have found it difficult to find a watercolour paper that takes detailed heat embossing well. The papers of Creative Expressions are meeting the requirement.

I stamped the set of images on the watercolour paper with Versamark watermark ink and used glacier white Nuvo fine detail embossing powder. (Ranger extra fine also works very well).

Altenew watercolours are of fine quality and the pan contains absolutely lovely selection of colours.

I used water brush pens and the two fuchsia colors (second and third in the top row) and the three greens below them for the flowers. Colour was applied using the wet-on-wet technique.

The card base was prepared by blending purple and fuchsia inks on the right hand of the inside of the card, after masking off. White acrylic ink was splattered on the blended part. A border die was used on the front of the card to add interest. The watercolours used for colouring the flowers were used to add some platters on the card front.

Flowers were cut out using the dies in the set.

An Afrikaans sentiment - appropriate for so many situations -  was heat-embossed onto vellum and adhered to the card before arranging the flowers. 3D tape was used to loft the large cluster, to add dimension.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you feel inspired to create something beautiful with watercoloured flowers.

Have a wonderful day

Marie Smith

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