Hi there! Happy Monday! Today, we are celebrating the new February 2023 release over at Pinkfresh Studio with a blog hop full of tons of inspiration and prizes. The new release has so many beautiful new stamps and dies, some of which coordinate with previously-released sets, such as the new Circle Florals Stamps and Dies, which coordinate perfectly with the previously-released Nested Circles Hot Foil Plate and Dies. Let’s get started with the details on my project!
I began by stamping the main floral images from the new Circle Florals Stamps set onto some Arches Cold Press watercolor paper using some no-line coloring ink. I then used my Daniel Smith watercolors to do some no-line watercoloring, keeping the flowers a lovely shade of magenta and adding a beautiful jade green to the foliage. Because these images were a bit small, I used a Silver Black Velvet number 4 round brush with a nice sharp point, keeping kept the wet sections away from each other to make sure that I was able to keep the definition of each image nice and crisp. After I had finished watercoloring, I used the coordinating dies to cut out the finished floral swags.
I love the look of hand-lettered watercoloring, and I wanted to try to recreate that look using the sentiment stencils that are included in the Circle Florals coordinating stencil set. In addition to the layering stencils for the stamped floral images, you also receive some super useful little “extras,” like a circle that is sized to coordinate perfectly with the interior of the floral swags, as well as three different sentiments! I used one of the new small blending brushes to blend more no-line coloring ink on watercolor paper. I then used the same shade of magenta watercolor and that same small paintbrush with a nice crisp point to add watercolor to the script sentiment. I added a few little shadows around some of the curves with a darker maroon watercolor, adding the tiniest bit of dimension and interest to the sentiment, but I am absolutely in love with how this turned out and can’t wait to try it again with another sentiment! I die cut the finished greeting with the coordinating dies, as well.
I had foiled a circle frame using the Nested Circles Hot Foil Plate and Dies and some Satin Metallic Pewter hot foil from Spellbinders. I backed the open circle frame with some vellum to give me a base upon which to adhere my greeting. I ran an A2 panel of white cardstock through my die cut machine with the Dotted Scallops cover plate, creating some super subtle and elegant texture for the background of my card. I popped up the foiled-and-vellum circle frame with some foam adhesive, orienting it to the side and trimming off the overhang. I then arranged my die cut watercolored florals around the foiled frame, cutting one of the swags in half and allowing it to peek over the side, then tucking the leftovers behind the full swag, using a double and single layer of foam tape for the flowers for lots of height. I also die cut a few standalone leaves using some iridescent white mirror cardstock and the Curvy Leaves dies, tucking them here and there amongst my floral swag. The final touch was to add a few Leaf Glitter Drops for some more sparkle.
Well, that’s all for my project today. I love the look of these beautiful new Circle Florals… they remind me of a floral crown! Now for some fun giveaway information:
Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. They will be also giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. The winners will be selected from the comments, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog hop stop for maximum entries!
Winners will be announced on March 8, 2023 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Winners must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.
Here’s the full hop list: