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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tropical Flower (by Asha)

Good morning, friends! I have a simple project to share with you showcasing stamps from the Sketchy Doodle Flowers A4 sheet. Today I'm combining 2 of my favourite techniques: embossing and water colouring, to create an easy birthday card. I was inspired by a silk scarf I purchased in Hawaii many moons ago. It has a huge pinkish red hibiscus surrounded by swirls of delicate foliage.

I started by heat embossing the leaves in white on a piece of heavy water colour paper before colouring them in with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The background is colour washed with Distress Ink and I did some free hand swirls. The greeting is from the Birthday Words A5 sheet.

I also heat embossed the bloom, this time with rose pink embossing powder, followed by Distress Inks, adding a darker shade of red each time. When dry, I fussy cut the flower and adhered it to the card over the leafy background and off the card base. Finally, I gave in to a little shine with the Wink Of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Marker in Clear ... couldn't be helped!

This really is an easy card and the embossed outlines make water colouring a breeze. You know me, I don't go for complicated techniques! These sketchy images are perfect for colouring in the lines. The card is also flat as a pancake - ideal for mailing!

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  1. Beautiful colours and great to see a beautiful big focalpoint!

  2. Beautiful. I love the big pink flower. Clever to heat emboss it in a pink. Your leaves are very pretty too.

  3. this is fab i love that big bright pink flower, its very tropical

    Jackie x

  4. Beautiful . And a great explanation . Thanks so much

  5. Wow-you really made that image look different from on the stamp sheet. Beautifully done.

  6. When I read that the card is flat as a pancake I was surprised for that hibiscus flower looks ever so dimensional to me!! I really thought you'd decoupaged the centre & added it in - the whole design looks brilliant especially with your stitching & the pink matting to match your flower. Placing the flower off the edge of the card balances the greeting so well, not to mention the left leaning direction of the leafy foliage.
    Paula (PEP)

  7. Beautiful flower, this set of stamps definitely on my wish list. Lovely card.

  8. What a lovely card. Such pretty bright colouring of your flower, coupled with lovely soft background colouring. I really like the your hand drawn swirls in the background. Elaine x


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