Greetings! Hello my crafty pals! How are you doing this week so far? I hope you're doing great! I have been laying low in my craft cave and quietly working on some really fun things to share with you! I had something happen recently with a friend and it really shook me to my core. I'm processing that out and trying to make sense of what happened and just generally feeling kind of down and very sad. So the best medicine for me today is time with Buddy, time on Facebook chat with my dear friend HS, and time in the studio. Those things heal my heart and keep me going. It's been a long time since I was knocked for a loop like this. I'm looking to God and completely trusting in HIS plan and knowing I just have to keep walking... His plans for me are far greater than my mere dreams anyway. There are lessons in every situation. So if you have time, stop and send me a virtual hug and I'll do the same for you!
I felt like watercoloring something and it is close to Valentine's Day and all, so I thought I would watercolor some pretty pink roses with my Zig Markers! I used the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Roses for You stamp set and shades of pinks, greens and red to create a sweet greeting. You know what they say, right? A card is a hug with a fold in the middle! I started with an A2 card base made from Fog Cardstock, which is a beautiful soft gray. Then I die cut a Stitched Rectangle out of Prima Watercolor Paper (This is my go-to watercolor paper recently).
I used three of the circle roses stamps from the stamp set, and two of the leaves stamps from that same stamp set. I randomly stamped them in clear embossing ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. All of my stamping was done on watercolor paper. Kept it really informal and loose. No plan for this part. After I heat embossed the main part, on a separate piece of paper I heat embossed the big heart from the stamp set and die cut it out.
I used my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, a tiny paint brush, and lots of water to color in all the roses using two shades of pink. I colored the leaves with a pretty lime green Zig and a touch of blue. For the background I used a beautiful soft sky blue Zig Marker. Of course, the big heart was saturated with ink from a red Zig Marker. Once I was done coloring, I gave it all a blast from my heat tool to dry everything. They I went back with some pink ink and made my splatters! (I love splatters!)
I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Hugs die out of rich gold cardstock. Then I layered the heart onto the floral background with foam tape. The hugs die is glued down with some glossy accents. Use your tweezers! LOL. I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Droplets for a nice effect.
I gently curved up the top parts of the heart to make it a bit more dimensional. I love that pop of color on there!
Okay, so there are some hugs for you today! Thank you for coming by to see me and see what I'm creating! Today (the 31st) is the last day to enter my month long January prize drawing. CLICK HERE for all the details! I will draw the winner and email them tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who participated in this! On Saturday I have a retro fun project on the Simon Says Stamp blog, and then on Sunday I have a BIG announcement right here on my blog. Hope to see you around this week. Hugs. XOXO
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