Hi there! I am so excited to be helping my friends at Colorado Craft Company to introduce their new illustrator and a darling new line of stamps for their February 2022 release! You should have arrived here from Donna Hitz, and your next stop is Jasleen Kaur. You can also start back at the beginning at Adrienne Kennedy CCC. I loved the sweet little mice in the new release, but you know me and flowers… I couldn’t resist doing some painting with the absolutely stunning Happy Peony stamp set, so let’s get started with the details!
I began by silver embossing the main image from Happy Peony onto the back of some Arches Cold Press watercolor paper. I find that, when stamping and embossing really detailed images like this onto watercolor paper, the back side of the cold press has slightly less texture, and thus gives a smoother embossed image. After embossing, I taped the panel down to my watercolor board to reduce warping, then added a thick wash of clean water to the panel followed by a diluted layer of purple, blue, and teal Daniel Smith watercolors. I was very free with this pale watercolors, allowing the colors to bleed and blend into each other, not caring whether I was painting a leaf or a flower petal. This diluted layer dried, as all watercolors do, much lighter than when I laid it down, creating a lovely base layer of color for my image.
Once the base layer was dry (I did use my heat gun to speed up the process), I added details using more intense shades of the same colors, painting the peonies blue (who says we can’t have blue peonies?), with touches of purple and teal. I die cut the finished watercolored piece using the coordinating dies.
Once I had finished painting, I blended some deep teal ink on a corner of a coordinating teal A2 card base, then splattered the background with some pearlescent white gouache. The base layer of the peony, painted freely and without attention to the edges of the image, creates a colorful edge around the die cut image, which avoids the white die cut edge that I try to avoid if possible. (Ha! I hate having that stark white edge against a richly colored card base, especially if there is not other white on the card front.) I popped up the die cut using foam adhesive, then added a greeting from Happy Peony with some more foam tape, double layering in some spots to get tons of dimension. The final step was to add some iridescent purple gems for sparkle.
Well, that’s all for today’s project! To celebrate their new release, Colorado Craft Company is sponsoring a giveaway for each stop on the blog hop. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post by February 14, 2022. The winners will be announced on the Colorado Craft Company blog on February 16th.
I hope you’ll check out the new stamps from Kris Lauren at Colorado Craft Company; the entire line is absolutely charming. Your next stop on the hop is Jasleen Kaur. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!
Meghan Kennihan says
This is incredible! I LOVE the blue!
Gorgeous depth of colors, Emily!
This blue palette is so stunning!
A beautiful card. Pearlescent gouache, I hadn’t known it came like that! This card is stunning. The depth in the watercolor, really something.
Maria Pane says
The blue made me fall in love with this flier!
stephanie serrano says
Beautiful, love the tone on tone!
Gayle Chrvala says
Beautiful. The tone on tone is so dramatic.
Sherri Thacker says
WOW!! I love this new release and I love your card all in blue. Just beautiful!!
Lisa Elton says
What a great card! The blues are so dramatic!
Judith L Jackson says
Tremendous! Beautifully blue card and flowers!
Laura Casselman says
This really is a beautiful card. Love the darker blues instead of the typical pinks, reds etc. You were so helpful to me during connect and create and I’ve been practicing! Love this particular floral stamp
Carolyn O'Connor says
So beautiful and vibrant!
April W says
What a beautiful card! I love the blue.
Alexandra Y says
This is so incredibly stunning!!! I love the vibrant blue and purple you used!
Becky Lade says
This card beautiful! The tone on tone is just a show stopper.
Sandra Mullenix says
Awesome monocromatic card. The blues are done beautifully
Joy Meadows says
Blue is my favorite color and I LOVE your card, Emily! Outstanding!!
Dee Earnshaw says
oh wow – gorgeous work:)
Donna Walls says
A very dreamy and ethereal design! TFS.
gorgeous all in blue tones!
Jeanne Beam says
Such a beautiful card!
Thanks for sharing.
Pat Bethke says
Gorgeous dramatic card. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Smith says
I love all of the blue! That is a really pretty stamp.
Wowza, just stunning!
Sharon Gullikson says
Ohhh, I never would have thought to make a nighttime scene. NICE
Mary P says
Beautiful flower design – love the colors!
Linda Gorman says
Beautiful card, Emily! I love the blues❤️ This is a great new collection for CCC! Thanks for sharing!
Kristina Gentle says
what a great color to use for this floral! love it! Love this release that CCC colab’ed with. So fun
Beautiful card! The use of silver ep is a reminder of another neglected supply I have, but the peony is a reminder of something else I need. Love your work!
Marisela Delgado says
Carol Wortman says
The happy peony is beautiful, especially with the embossing over it! Gorgeous colors. Ms. Kris will love the depth you created.
Love your beautiful card.
Wow!!! Your card is stunning Emily!! I love the wonderful blues on blues!!! Gorgeous colouring!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration. Take Care! 🙂
Terri Burson says
Dang girl, this is gorgeous! Absolutely love the new line. So many sweet images to color!
Maureen R says
Mary Holshouser says
The colors are deep and vibrant.
Gorgeous card. thanks for sharing
Teri SmithTeri Smith says
The silver embossing with the shades of blue & purple on that gorgeous coloured background is out of this world Emily!!
Teri Smith says
Not sure if my first comment got posted as it’s not showing, so I hope it’s okay to repost. The silver embossing with the shades of blue & purple on this gorgeous coloured background are out of this world Emily!! So elegant. Love it.
Lauryne Cunningham says
Wow! I love all the blue- so pretty!
Dyan Bahu says
Wow!! I love your vision and use of dark tones!! Totally different than others and so cool!
roxanne tellini says
That is so magical looking. Great work!
Sue D says
Beautiful in shades of blue.
Di Wong says
Your card is so striking.
Connie Griffin says
Oh my that is just gorgeous in blues!!
These mice are so dang cute–and I am excited to see what the new designer has in the future. Love the sweet creations! Your colors are Perfect!!!!!!
Flo Swinford says
Retta Rae Lutte says
Love your beautiful, dramatic card! This image is simply gorgeous!
Kristi H. says
This is lovely, and a bit mysterious! Thank you for the inspiration.
Gorgeous card Emily!!💙
Kelsey Thomas says
Gorgeous card! I love the colors you used!
Sandra Mullenix says
Outstanding card. The flowers are beautiful and I love the colors
Jeanne Rice says
Great card. Dramatic intense colors.
Yvonne Wood says
Oh my! Your card is just exquisite! Love that moonlit look!
Amy Solovay at the Knitting, Crochet and Crafts Blog says
What a lovely, sophisticated image you created. Looks like a really fantastic new release; the mice look completely adorable.
Marisela Delgado says
Dawn Fields says
This is a beauty of a card! Gorgeous color choices! I need this peony in my stash. I’m loving this new release from Kris Lauren…it’s a breath of fresh air.
Geri S says
Beautiful blue card. Love this new release and adorable mice!
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous card! I love the design and colors!
Absolutely breathtaking, Emily… the depth of your blues is amazing! Wonderful, wonderful card creation!
Sandra Mullenix says
Can’t wait to see the rest of the release and find out what you do to try to top your beautiful blue card.
Stunning card – I love the blue!
Pam Foy says
Gorgeous card! Love all the details.
Such a pretty card and awesome use of this stamp!
Gail yanek says
You added such drama to these stamps
I loved that you used blue! So pretty!
Sharon Hoffmann says
Love the blue color…so few blue flowers.
Kim Potts says
Pretty! Love how the peony pops against the dark background.
Carol McCready says
That flower is gorgeous Love those colors.
ann Ito says
Stunning card! Love the blue!
Great color share. I like the combination for the flower.
Sandra Baggarly says
Beautiful card! Absolutely love the blues.
tina Z says
wow, amazing design!