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The cards I’m showing today are from a recent class I held using the Bloom & Grow bundle from the annual catalogue.

For the first card I stamped one of the images multiple times on the top portion of a panel of Whisper White in Grey Granite ink after masking off the lower third of the panel with post-it tape.

I stamped the image again on a small piece of Whisper White in the same ink colour and then used my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in the image. I had only recently realised that you can use any of our Classic inks to stamp outline images and then colour them with the alcohol markers. This gives a softer look than when you stamp the outline in Memento Tuxedo black ink.

I stamped the sentiment from the set in Grey Granite ink at the bottom of the panel after removing the post-it tape. The black ribbon separates the top and bottom portions of the panel. This ribbon was just wrapped around and secured on the back of the panel with tape before adhering it to the card front.

To make the coloured image pop I raised it on Dimensionals and added it to the card front. A few pearls adds a little bling to finish off the card.

I also stamped the same image to the inside of the card:

For the next card I was inspired by Julie Kettlewell from the UK.

For this card I stamped the floral outline image in Versamark ink on the top and bottom of the Crumb Cake card stock panel and sprinkled White embossing powder over it and heat set it with a heat tool. I also stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat set White embossing powder on it.

It’s been a while since I’ve coloured with Blender Pens – which are different to Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. Blender Pens have a clear liquid inside and you pick up ink colour from a palette or the inside of a stamp pad lid and then colour on the card stock.

After I finished colouring with the Blender Pen I used Wink of Stella on the central rose to add a little sparkle. The feature panel was then matted onto Whisper White and then adhered to the card front.

To finish off the card I added a few pearls. I stamped the same outline image in Crumb Cake ink on a panel of Whisper White which I adhered to the inside of the card.

For the last card I used a watercolouring technique with Aqua Painters.

I stamped the floral image twice onto Shimmery White card stock in the new Saddle Brown Stazon ink. This gives a softer look than when using Black Stazon. Whenever I’m watercolouring an outline image I use an archival ink like Stazon or Versafine so the outline doesn’t run.

I used Aqua Painters to pick up the colour from a palette – this time I put a couple of drops of Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz ink refill into an actual paint palette that I picked up at a discount store. The yellow blossoms are coloured in with a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker. I die cut the floral images with the matching die before I watercoloured them.

The background panel is Whisper White and I stamped the Breathtaking Bouquet background stamp on it in Sahara Sand that was stamped off (second generation) first. Then I stamped the greeting from the Happy Birthday to You Sale-a-Bration stamp set in Saddle Brown Stazon ink.This was then embossed using the Subtle 3D embossing folder before adhering to the Flirty Flamingo card base. A few Gold Glitter Enamel Dots on the front finishes off the card.

Like the other cards I stamped the same floral outline image on the inside of the card, on a Whisper White panel using Sahara Sand ink.

I enjoyed making these cards, and the class ladies had fun too.

If you’d like to make these cards and need some supplies, here is a list of supplies I used. Just click on the image to buy from my online shop.
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Happy Stamping,