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!