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Watercolored Bouquet

Hello everyone! I haven't been able to resist the temptation of joining the Watercolor Blog Hop being hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. I LOVE watercoloring and this was a great motivation to grab my watercolor pencils again and color some beautiful flowers.

I like to mix and layer orange, red and pink tones to add an interesting touch to my coloring. I didn't apply my Faber Castell pencils directly to the image, but instead I scribbled each color on a piece of cardstock and picked up the colors using my water brush.

I heat embossed these stunning flowers in gold to make the embossing resist my watercoloring. This is one of my favorite techniques because the embossing contains the watercolors and makes the task a bit simpler. Still I spent quite a good amount of time to get the shading that I wanted on my flowers.

I love the result and thought I would finish the card with some vintage handwriting stamping, rhinestones, pearls and a heat embossed sentiment of vellum. I wanted my card to be a bit different from the usual contrasting, clean designs out there and so I applied distress ink around the edges of the white layer and mounted this on colorful mats. I really like the vintage touches it has!

This was a liberating and relaxing process to me but I hope today's card inspires you to try this out also! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back in a day to share a great Father's Day / masculine cardmaking idea with you!

I'm sharing this with:
Great Impressions - June Challenge AG / Word Art Wednesday - AG / MFT Sketch 231 Challenge 


  1. Your card is so beautiful! Thanks for including the information about your technique. I am a newbie and can't wait to try watercolor. I didn't even know that you could use watercolor pencils that way....thought that you had to color directly. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Such a beautiful card! Love the embossing and watercoloured flowers! Great shading!

  3. Beautiful watercolour! I haven't tried watercolour pencils - this looks amazing! Your vellum overlay is lovely.

  4. WOW - stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, breath-takingly lovely are a few words that come to mind when I see this card!! You have done an incredible job of shading and bringing those blooms to life!! Kudos to you for the excellent way you have created this card!!! Hey I am hosting a giveaway at my blog of 5 different SU! stamp sets - if you are interested I would love for you to come by!!

  5. Stunning card! Beautiful coloring ♥

  6. Oh my goodness, Gracie, this is just amazing! LOVE the beautiful colors, the gold embossing,and the use of vellum! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

    1. PS: Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  7. Absolutely gorgeous card ..Your colors,design ..Everything is so perfect !!

  8. Absolutely stunning in every way. Thanks for your explanation. I love to watercolour too and haven't in a while so I think I will emboss in gold and use your technique of colouring on cardstock first. Thanks for the inspiration and tips. Hugs.

  9. This is stunning! Love the gold embossing.

  10. Beautiful watercoloring and I like the gold embossing.

  11. this is absolutely stunning. I love the embossing technique with the water colouring and will probably try this myself.

  12. So beautiful! Love the embossing and the 'glow' of color around the image!

  13. wow, this is absolutely stunning, wonderful in every way

  14. The watercoloring and those flowers, just stunning! What a gorgeous cards! So glad you joined us at MFT!

  15. Gorgeous, Gracie, and I love the colors!! Exquisite! Hugs!

  16. Love the watercolor and embossing! Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Cards In Envy!

  17. This is lovely! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions!

  18. hi there... i am subscribed. and i am learning about handmade flowers... and some gr8 techniques and coloring ideas which I say that all your hard work is not for nought...:) i again, say that experience is the best teacher.. and with that... i wish you lots of gr8 success in your classroom!!...i feel artists among the new young??I am not so young tho;) still search out "long" experience and generosity as yours.. thanks for displaying your cardmaking techniques online like you do.. love this calm gr8 learning site..sincerely "glow"ing

  19. Absolutely amazing, your watercoloring is spectacular! Donna


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