As soon as I saw the meadow dies in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue, I knew that I wanted to watercolour them.
I've paired them with the Tailor Made Tags dies and the beautiful Hand-Penned dsp to make this pretty floral card.
I started by die cutting the tags using the largest die to cut Fresh Freesia cardstock and the next size down to cut the dsp. I didn't need the whole tag so after I'd stuck the layers together I trimmed to fit the 6 inch square card base. The left piece is a little wider than the right to fit the sentiments I had chosen from Ornate Thanks.
The next step was to die cut the meadow flower pieces, some from Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen cardstock, the rest from watercolour paper.
I've got the watercolour paper pieces sat here on a silicone matt, perfect for the messy but fun part that comes next.
Using Water Painters and little drops of ink from refill bottles, I added colour to the flower and leaf stems. I have used Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight. I think it's best not to be too fussy, vary the amount of water you use and let the colours mix. There really is no right or wrong and the results are so soft and pretty. It is messy though so have a wet wipe or cloth to hand to wipe up the colour that will bead on the matt.
Before I added the stems to the card base I created some colour splatter by flicking ink from blend markers, another messy job!
The 'bouquet' of flowers sits behind the gap in the tags and the ribbon has been threaded through the tag holes and tied in a bow.
I didn't want to hide too much of the dsp so the sentiments are quite little and are simply cut in strips and stuck across the middle of the tags.
I will definitely be creating more watercolour flowers in lots of different colours, I think I might do a big stack of them next time so that I can pick out a selection of colours when I want to put a bouquet together for a card but don't want to get inky fingers.
The meadow dies are my favourite item from the new catalogue, I'd love to know what yours is.
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