This post was sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Thanks, Simon!
Hi friends! In the midst of the STAMPtember fun, I will still be sharing some inspiration using the other gorgeous products from Simon Says Stamp, and today’s project features the utterly lovely Garden Spires Embossing Folder. I love taking these beautifully detailed embossed images and turning them into something uniquely my own with various coloring mediums. A couple of weeks ago, I shared THIS project using the opaque Karin Decobrush Pigment markers on black watercolor cardstock, and I loved the results so much that I couldn’t wait to try the technique on another project! I recently purchased the Garden Spires Embossing Folder and thought that the delicate flowers and foliage would be a great image to try putting the combination to use again. This time, though, the tiny flowers lent themselves better to putting a slightly different technique. Let’s get started with the details!
I began by running the Garden Spires Embossing Folder through my die cutting machine using a panel of thick black cardstock. My previous project used black watercolor paper, but I have used the Karin Decobrush Pigment markers successfully with plain black cardstock and thought that these images were small enough that I could do so again! Instead of using a damp paintbrush to move the color on my images as I did in the previous project, I simply put the marker tip directly to the black cardstock and added color that way. I used a pale purple for the tiny flowers and two different shades of pink for the taller, large flowers to achieve a little variation. I also used some metallic watercolors to add some extra sparkle to the larger flowers!
Because the greenery on the embossed image was so delicate, I chose to use the Karin DecoGel Sparkle pens to add some super sparkly accents to the foliage and to the flowers. I also splattered some extra little “dewdrops” on my entire card panel with some more metallic watercolors. It’s so difficult to capture in a photograph, but this card is insanely sparkly!!
After I had finished adding color to the background, it reminded me of an outdoor wedding, perhaps at a vineyard, with a large, scenic meadow of wildflowers beneath a starry sky. I decided to use a beautiful stamp from the Big Old Birthday stamp + die set, one that could easily be used for a wedding card or a birthday card! I heat embossed the greeting on some more black cardstock using silver sparkle embossing powder, then die cut it with the coordinating die. I popped it up amidst the colorful wildflowers, then added a few shimmering gems for some sparkle!
Well, that’s all for today’s project. I wish you could see how sparkly it is in person… the different elements of shimmer are utterly gorgeous! I hope you enjoyed seeing the Karin Decobrush Pigment in action again. They’re such a fun and unique medium to employ to create really special projects! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!