Hi there! Today, Pinkfresh Studio is releasing their April 2022 collection, and it’s a stunner! I am thrilled to have another stamp set released in this collection, called Magnolia, which has a coordinating Magnolia Die and Magnolia Layering Stencil! I have a new watercoloring video to share using these stamps, which you can watch below or HERE on YouTube:
This 4×6 Magnolia stamp set features several individual floral elements, including a large open magnolia, a few different sizes and shapes of bud, and several options for foliage, which can create an endless variety of arrangement options for you! The Magnolia stamp set features a one piece stamp for the floral images, so that you can stamp all of the image in one fell swoop, and the coordinating Magnolia Die features the same innovative one-piece approach, making your die cutting super simple!
I began by stamping my floral images from Magnolia onto some Arches cold press watercolor paper using black pigment ink, then added some white pearl embossing powder to create a softer pearlescent charcoal image.
Next, I used Holbein watercolors to add some very subtle shading to the image, concentrating the peach and pink shades toward the center of the flower and allowing the edge of the flower petals to remain relatively clean. Once the main colors had dried, I went back and added some very light washes of diluted pale blue to just the edges of the flower petals, which helps to cool off the yellow undertone of the first layer, while also adding a touch of depth and interest to these pale flowers. I die cut the finished watercolored image with the coordinating Magnolia Die.
Next, I die cut a Blanket Stitched Circle die cut from some heavyweight vellum. I also die cut a beautiful subtly patterned background panel using the new Intricate Stitched Ovals die from some pearlescent pale pink cardstock. I arranged the magnolia bouquet around the vellum circle and adhered it to my card front, hiding my foam adhesive behind the solid die cuts to keep it from marring the vellum. I added a greeting from Fancy Script Words hot foil set, then finally added a few Ballet Slipper gems.
My second project uses a technique that I featured in this video over on the Pinkfresh Studio YouTube channel HERE. In the video, I share how I am able to achieve a watercolored look using the layering stencils, and today’s project takes that a step further by doing some ink blending over the entire card front before we even use the stencils!
I began by stamping the absolutely stunning new Peony Print stamp onto some watercolor paper. This is special watercolor paper that is specifically formulated for use with liquid watercolor mediums, making it perfect for use with layering stencils! After embossing the image using white pearl embossing powder for a beautifully soft look, I blended Ballet Slipper, Coral Reef, and Peach Fuzz inks over the entirety of the embossed card front, keeping the blending light and fairly subtle.
Next, I used the Peony Print Layering Stencils to blend Sparkling Rose and Meadow inks over the embossed images. By selecting a shade of pink darker than the blended background, I was able to get great coverage of the flower and really make them pop from the subtle background blending. I tapped my slightly-darker-pink Bubble Gum ink pad onto my ceramic palette, then used a damp paintbrush to pick up the undiluted ink to add some extra shadows and shape to the blended images.
I used the Scripted Greetings dies to cut the greeting and outline from some coordinating kelly green cardstock and vellum. I used the same shade of green cardstock to cut a lacy strip using a Lacey Edgers 1 die, next to which I added a thin strip of pink glitter cardstock to add some sparkle. I adhered the sentiment die cut using foam adhesive, then added a few Bubblegum gems to add some sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now, Pinkfresh Studio is offering a fun giveaway to celebrate their newest release:
Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel, so be sure to check those out and leave some love in the comment section! They will also be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. The winners will be selected from the comments, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the more chances you have to win!
Winners will be posted on May 10, 2022 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE. Winners must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.