Stamplorations Blossom Sprays Thank You cards

Hi all! Are you all recovering from the festive eating and in a food coma now? I know I am, especially from cooking a sit down Christmas dinner for 20 people last night, something I’ve never done before! But having friends and family stay with us has been so helpful as they’re the perfect guests, cooking, cleaning and they’re also such fun people to be with!

Nevertheless its so nice to just be able to relax now and as all the shops are still closed, and its cold outside, I can justify staying in to share some cards I made over at the Stamplorations blog where I’m guest designing for the last time for their Wonderful Wednesday Colouring. It has been such a pleasure challenging myself to find different ways to colour using their stamps dies and stencils and for my last post for them I decided to try and colour the same stamp 3 different way! I used their beautiful Blossom Sprays stamp as lilies are my favourite flowers, and made Thank You cards as I now need thank you cards for all those wonderful presents I received.

As usual I’ll start with the easiest card I made which I did by first adding watercolours to the background of my card using Prima Marketing metallic watercolours and once it was dry, I just stamped the whole image on it, followed by the Thanks sentiment that came from Stamplorations “Thank You” stamp builder. Isn’t the shine on the card amazing?

My second card looks a little more difficult, using just greys from my Koi coloring brush pens that I got awhile ago but have never used, but it really wasn’t that hard to colour. I first used the lightest greys and built up to my darkest greys where I wanted to give some depth like the inner and outer parts of the petal. I then added the “thanks” diecut from Stamplorations and coloured it with watercolours too but adding a little sparkle by brushing it over with my Spectrum Noir sparkle pens. Yes those specks of “white paints” are actually the sparkle in the light!

For my last card, I wanted to do a more realistic botanical style water-colouring using only 2 colours for the most of the flower and a touch of red for the buds. I have to admit though that the paints I used, Green Gold and Cascade Green by Daniel Smith, have a tinge of other colours in them, a little yellow in Green Gold and a little blue in Cascade Green, so I wasn’t using only two colours. I tried to create dimension in my painting by making some leaves much darker than my flowers so that the flowers would stand out. Finally I splattered some “Goosebumps” on it to create “water droplets”.

Well I hope you enjoyed the different ways I coloured my cards as much I enjoyed colouring them and being a guest designer over at Stamplorations. Thanks so much Shery for having me these last three months! It was also great to design beside my talented co-guest designers Vinita & Renée. Don’t forget that if you comment on my blog, over at Stamplorations and on the other guest designers blog, you stand a chance to win a gift voucher to shop at the Stamplorations shop!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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I’m sharing my green watercoloured lilies card with:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

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watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

And my monochromatic card with:

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Do something new

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