Hi there! I’m up on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog today with a couple of projects created using one watercolored panel and some die cutting! My Spring Blooms background stamp is such a nice size, 6×6, and it’s easy to spend an enjoyable afternoon watercoloring and get two different projects out of the colored panel. Let’s get started with the details!
I realized that I hadn’t watercolored my Spring Blooms background since it had been released, and so I pulled out some gold embossing powder and my Karin Brushmarker Pro markers and got to work! I’ve had a bit of difficulty finding a paper that was easily accessible and moderately affordable that also worked well with the Karin markers, and I was quite thrilled to find that the slightly-less-textured “back” side of Arches Cold Press paper works beautifully with the markers, and a bonus is that its smoother texture makes embossing detailed images like the Spring Blooms background much more crisp!
I heat embossed the majority of the background on a panel of Arches watercolor paper that I had in my scrap drawer, not quite the full size of the background stamp, but close enough, then colored it with the Karin Brushmarker Pro markers in the picture above to create a pretty peachy color scheme with pops of jewel-toned green and hints of charcoal.
After I had completed the watercoloring, I cut one portion down to 2.5×5″ (to fit on a mini-slimline card) and left the other as-is. I matted the mini-slimline panel with some matte gold foil cardstock to help make the shiny gold embossing pop even more. I mounted the embossed and foiled section on a full sized mini-slimline panel of charcoal cardstock to help bring out the charcoal centers of the anemones in the floral background.
I wanted a simple greeting, something that wouldn’t take up a huge amount of space or cover up much of the watercolored background, so I die cut HUGS twice from some more charcoal cardstock using the Bee Narrow Uppercase Alphabet Dies and adhered them together. I added these dimensional alphabet die cuts slightly lower than the very center of the watercolored background. Simple, but the shiny gold embossing and gold foil accents help kick the simple card design up a notch!
I used the second portion of the watercolored panel to create a bookmark. I added some more die cut letters, this time spelling out READ, and punched a hole at the top of the bookmark using my Crop-a-Dile. I also added a ring cut from the Circle Thin Frames dies to help reinforce the hole. The final touch was a pretty deep coral bow and tassel made from some seam binding found in my stash. (This is exactly why I don’t like to throw things away!) How fun would this be to give tucked inside a book as a gift?
Well, that’s all for my project today! I love being able to make more than one finished project from a single colored background. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!