WonderfulyouwatercolourcAnything using watercolours always makes me feel so "artsy" despite the lack of my visual arts educational background.

This card uses the set "Wonderful You" (p 91 of Stampin’ Up!’s current Spring-Summer Collection) and the coordinating jumbo wheel, Stems & Silhouettes (p. 91 as well).  To do the watercolouring, I spritzed water across the rubber surface of the solid stamp, then coloured directly onto the rubber with my watercolour crayons (p.183) – Love these crayons.  I gave another light spritz of water and then stamped onto watercolour paper.  The absorbancy of the watercolour paper means I don’t have to wait _too_ long… I stamped the outline of the flower in basic grey, and used my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure the images lined up well.  Tore the edges of the paper, mounted onto some garden green cardstock & wrapped with natural hemp twine.  I stamped "wonderful you" in basic grey onto a scrap of watercolour paper, punched with the small oval punch & used the small oval frame from the silver hodgepodge hardware (Occasions mini).  After using the jumbo wheel on the cardstock, I assembled everything.  I actually used stampin’ dimensionals to attach the silver frame to the cardfront as I didn’t want the backs of the brads to be showing through the card.

OK so here’s the reality of my lack of advanced visual arts education….the colours I used on the flower blossom in the picture are regal rose & rose red (so, essentially coordinating shades of the same base colour).  My first attempt (relegated to the recycling bin) was summer sun & ballet blue.  Learn from me…..I ended up with a very murky, kind of khaki green coloured flower.  Not so wonderful! LOL.

Stampin’ Up! just announced that the Occasions mini will now be active until the end of JUNE!  (so ignore the May date on the cover! LOL) – the new big catalogue will be out in August, so they’re shifting the dates around a little bit.  More time to shop!  If you do want to take advantage of the free wheelin’ promotion, though, you still only have until the end of April, so please contact me before then!! 

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