Monthly Archives: November 2015

Painted Fancy 2


Here is my next card from the Painted Fancy stack:






Recollections 5×6.5 pre-scored white card base

Recollections “Painted Fancy” 12×12 stack

Woodware “Georgina” clear flower stamp #JGS186

Stampendous “Friend Bouquet” wood-mounted sentiment stamp #47019

Versamark ink

Wow! Opaque Bright White embossing powder

Purple Wink of Stella glitter pen

Cabochon embellishment (unknown)


  • Cut a 5×6.5 panel from purple DP from the stack and mount it to the card base.
  • Stamp the flower stamp and sentiment with Versamark ink.
  • Emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Color in the petals and center of the flower with Wink of Stella.
  • Embellish the center of the flower with a lavender cabochon.


This card did not turn out as pretty as I hoped it would. I tried to cut the paper, which is a solid sheet of purple in a watercolor style wash, to show off the gradation of color in the wash – but it’s much more evident in the whole 12×12 sheet than it is in the card front. I had originally intended to stamp a group of smaller Woodware flowers in a bouquet style, but decided they were too small and one larger flower would be better. But given the Bouquet reference in the sentiment, I probably should have gone with my original impulse.

The white embossing is also not as pretty against the purple background as I imagined it to be.

So I decided I needed to bling it up. I remembered I had a dark purple Wink of Stella pen I bought for another project. That worked well. And I glued a lavender cabochon in the center of the flower. I almost always put a rhinestone, pearl, or some other bling in the center of a flower head or medallion if I use one. It centers the design to me, and adds some shine and light.

So, the card is fine, it just fell short of my original vision. It’s not my favorite card I ever made. But it’s alright. At these times, you have to remember that the person who will receive the card has no idea what your original vision is – they just know you made them a nice purple flower card. And they will like it fine.

The Woodware stamp and the cabochon are NBUS.  Always feel triumphant when I use something for the first time.



Patterned Paper 4: Painted Fancy




Having moved on from the Abrianna stack my last projects were from, I dug through all my 12 x 12 stacks and selected my next project: a stack from Recollections called “Painted Fancy.”  This stack was obviously published to cash in on the recent hot watercolor trend in papercrafting.  Not a bad call, as the trend was incredibly hot for a long time, but many crafters, not trained artists, are (like myself) afraid of the unforgiving nature of watercolor paints.  The stack has a mix of painted-looking patterns and colored washes, many with glittered elements.  It’s nice, in soft pastel colors.

Here’s the first card:


(Which you can see I have placed upon the stack itself so you can get a glimpse of it — aren’t I clever?)   🙂

I used a 5×6.5 Recollections pre-scored card base and mounted a section from a page with random colored washes and soft printed text as a background.  I used a larger sized card base so you could see more of the DP.  The greeting is a stamp and diecut from the first Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval kit, from CAS-ual Fridays.  I highlighted the “friend” diecut with Glossy Accents, which you can’t really see in the picture, but looks cool IRL.

I embellished it with some unusual square sequins from Doodlebug Design — square, because I am intending to send this card to a male friend of mine.

And that’s it.  Watercolor effects, as reproduced in this paper, are usually colorful and interesting enough that you want to let them stand on their own.