Good morning! I had the honor of being asked to participate in an Instagram hop to celebrate one of the prettiest stamps from The Stamp Market’s newest release with some of my closest friends (and fellow flower lovers): Jessica Frost-Ballas and Caly Person! The Stamp Market debuted an absolutely jaw-dropping floral stamp yesterday called Some Kind of Wonderful (SM|EH), and I am so honored that I got to play with it and share my project with you! We had a little Instagram hop with prizes, and Amy has also generously given me (and Jessica and Caly) a Some Kind of Wonderful (SM|EH) stamp set to give away to one lucky blog reader, so read all the way to the end to find out how to enter the giveaway!
The main floral image in the Some Kind of Wonderful (SM|EH) stamp set is really quite large, so I wanted to take advantage of that generous sizing by creating an equally generously-sized card!! This whopper is 6×6! I did some creative masking and stamping on this project, so let’s get started with the details.
I began by using my T-square and a pencil to lightly trace a square in the center of my 5.75″ squared panel of watercolor paper. I then heat embossed the greeting from Some Kind of Wonderful (SM|EH) in the bottom left corner of the square using Platinum embossing powder. After determining my sentiment placement, I decided to have one large, full bloom hanging over into the square, so I erased some of the square, then stamped one full bloom using Ink On 3’s Fadeout Ink. I then used Post It notes to mask the rest of the square (covering some of the stamped bloom, as well), stamping a pattern around the edge at varied angles.
I wanted to do some monochromatic watercoloring in peaches and rosy pinks, so I used some very heavily diluted Quinacridone Coral to do a light wash in the background of the floral pattern, leaving the center square free of color, then used a combination of Quinacridone Pink and Rose of Ultramarine for the petals, with touches of New Gamboge at the edges of the petals for some sunkissed contrast.
For the flower centers, I added a concentrated section of Neutral Tint to one side of the center, then after it had dried, I used the very tip of my paintbrush to stipple some concentrated Neutral Tint, keeping the stippling more concentrated where the color was deeper, and tapering off where the color lightened. I used a similar technique for the foliage, adding color to the leaves themselves (Phthalo Turquoise) and blending it out with clean water, allowing it to dry, then using the very tip of my brush and some concentrated color to add the veins. Allowing the first layer of watercoloring to dry before adding the detail layer prevents the concentrated color from bleeding on the wet watercoloring.
After all of my watercoloring had dried, I mounted the painting on a 6×6 panel of pink glitter card stock.
Well, that’s all for this project! This is going to be a hard stamp set to put down… I am eagerly awaiting the next Daily Marker 30 Day challenge so that I can play with this set even more! Amy from The Stamp Market has generously donated a Some Kind of Wonderful stamp set for me to give away to one of my loyal followers! All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite coloring medium is. I’d love it if you were also a subscriber, either via email or otherwise, but it’s not required. I’m getting ready to go on vacation, so I will leave the giveaway open until I get back on 6/15!
I also highly encourage you to check out the beautiful projects made by my dear friends, Jessica Frost-Ballas and Caly Person! You can see more details on this stamp set on The Stamp Market blog, as well! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!
Lisa Byers says
I absolutely love this stamp!! It’s gorgeous and you made it into a masterpiece!! I love the coral, it’s so cool and calming. I have never heard of The Stamp Market but I am going to check them out!!
This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors and COLORING! WOW! My favorite Medium is Copic Alcohol markers!
Denaha J Doss says
Wow! You aren’t kidding, that is a GORGEOUS stamp! Your coloring, as always, is stunning. TFS!
Denise K Terry says
My favorite coloring medium, right now, is probably colored pencils. I tend to jump back and forth among different mediums, but I feel like I’ve had the best control with pencils lately.
Your coloring always amazes me! I, too, can’t wait for the 30 day challenge…I feel like I might actually have time to join this time!
Jo Malicoat says
Such a beautiful card, I really love the shades of green you chose for your leaves, really sets off the rest of the card perfectly! Love the card size, too! Very nice 🙂
Jo Malicoat says
Oh, and my favorite coloring medium right now is probably my Prismacolor Pencils!
LeaAnn Carlson says
I am also a fellow Flower Lover! 🙂 my favorite coloring medium is Copic!
What a GORGEOUS card! I am VERY impressed!
What a GORGEOUS card! I am VERY impressed! I am just getting into water coloring and LOVE it, but I have to admit I have a LONG way to go still!
Marcia L Rollins says
What a lovely card! That stamp is really sweet. I love to use water coloring brushes as I feel I have more control of the color shading/
Martha H. says
WOW.. another gorgeous card! Love that flower.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Stephanie Stratton says
Beautiful stamp and GREAT idea, love the flower hanging over the top of the square- I saved the image to try your technique soon! Thank you.
Surekha Galagoda says
Wow amazing wonderful I don’t have enough words to describe your lovely creation. Love it so much. Love markers and water color pencils as coloring mediums. I am waiting to follow a class on coloring as soon as I collect some cash as I definetely know that I have to follow one to move to the next level. Love and appreciate your kindness always. Hugs
Amy Cooley says
Your card is simply gorgeous! I’m excited about all these new products from The Stamp Market. My favorite coloring medium is alcohol markers.
Lynnell Irving says
Your card is just beautiful! The colors are so elegant and that stamp- WOW!
Deb Binard says
This is such a lovely stamp and your card is lovely! And I love the versatile size. I have been making more 5.5 inch square and 5×7 cards lately. This stamp is perfect!
Vicki Kroll says
That stamp is beautiful with those big bold flowers and your coloring is perfection. Would look smashing in a frame on the wall. So far my favorite coloring medium is colored pencils and now that I learned to use them with Gamsol I love them even more.
The Blooms look fabulous on a Square orientation Emily 🙂 I’m still going with my love of Ziggys as my Favorite coloring medium!
Holy smokes – this work of art needs to be framed! Your painting is incredible – so much depth and detail. The image stamp is gorgeous. Right now I’m going between my Polychromos pencils and Zig markers for colouring,
Jean Marmo says
Simply divine! Loving this so much! I love to use watercolors!
Denise Mlady says
I love ink blending and Zig Markers. This stamp set is beautiful and your coloring is just gorgeous! Love this large card so you could use more flowers. I follow you on IG.
Cheryl Rigney says
This is such a beautiful card!! Your coloring is exquisite!! It’s difficult to say which is my favorite coloring medium. Maybe watercolors.
Gorgeous creation, I love the layout and lovely watercoloring! I also love watercolors even though I’m not as talented as you.
Kim Miller says
Beautiful watercolor! I love colored pencils, but am hoping to improve with markers and watercolor during the next 30 day coloring challenge.
Stunning card. What a great set.
Karen @ MisplacedMojo.com says
As usual, your card is stunning! As for favorite coloring mediums, does anyone have just one??? Currently I’ve been playing with my Prismacolors a lot, trying to master the blending without Gamsol. But I’ve been hooked on that for months now and starting to itch to use another medium. For a graduation card, I quickly used my Tombow markers and a waterbrush, and that made me miss Tombows and Zigs. If I switch mediums too often, I don’t learn so I try to stick with one for at least a dozen projects.
Rita Danko says
This is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen. Just lovely! I like watercolouring but am not great at it yet. I enjoy using Distress inks for colouring.
Joy Meadows says
Colored pencils are my favorite coloring medium, hands down! Love your beautiful water coloring on this gorgeous card!!
Amy Moore says
Watercolors….by far the best medium…but then I like copics too!
How beautiful! Love the blending!
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous card! I love the way you colored this beautiful floral design!
My favorite coloring medium would be watercolor markers. I love using either Tombow markers or Zig markers!
This is STUNNING! I love how you have the square in the middle for you sentiment, with one of the flowers ‘over’ it, and the others ‘under’ – gorgeous effect. And your watercoloring is divine! I’m most comfortable with colored pencils, but am practicing more with watercolors and alcohol markers as time goes on. Thanks so much for sharing this!
Linda Anderson says
Very beautiful card! My favorite way to color is with alcohol markers, or alcohol markers combined with colored pencils, but I love color! In all forms: markers, pencils, inks, pastes, shakers, etc.
Absolutely beautiful card you’ve made! That stamp set is just gorgeous! My favorite coloring medium is definitely Copic markers.
Your card is so beautiful! I love how you colored everything, and it looks really cool how you framed off the sentiment. 🙂 I’m still pretty new to coloring, so my favorite medium is colored pencils with gamsol. I’m slowing getting into watercoloring, too.
Kelly Schirmer says
This looks like patterned paper! The coloring is so perfect, what incredible shading! I’m not very good at coloring, but lately I have been experimenting with Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush!
Jane Booth says
Boy is that a tough question! I’m all over the place with my coloring these days! 😁 I just invested in my first copics (a Mother’s Day gift) and honestly haven’t had a chance to play with them yet…(last day of school will be Tuesday…so hopefully!) so in the meantime I’ve been using my Altenew Alcohol markers, my other markers (includes Zigs, Mermaid markers, & Altenews W/C markers) and my watercolor pencils…so I guess I usually do some form of watercolor for most of my projects
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Sue D says
This is beautiful. I like the watercoloring and the framing. I like to use Copic markers but I am only at a beginner level.
Marisela Delgado says
Wow! These flowers are glorious. Current favorite is prismacolors!
Katrina Hunt says
I want to watercolor like you when I grow up, ok?!! This is gorgeous! I am a watercoloring girl myself….haven’t dived into copics yet! Thanks for a giveaway and I love all your work!! HUGS