It is my pleasure to share today’s blog post with you. Ellen Hutson is a wonderful shop, and they’ve chosen 28 Lilac Lane to highlight in their “mix it up” challenge this month! All of the details on the challenge and how to enter it are here. Here on my blog I’m going to share two cards, as well as (affiliate) links to the supplies I am featuring in my cards today.
My love of Opera Pink (Daniel Smith watercolor) is no secret, and so for my card I decided to use it (with a good brush and some water) to color the hydrangea (stamp) that I stamped onto watercolor paper with black archival ink. I did a combination of applying color to dry paper, wet paper, and going back over some petals and not others to create a variety of color with just the one tube. I can’t ever get enough of this bold pink color or this hydrangea stamp.
With such a bold bright flower, I didn’t want to overwhelm my card with too much additional items but I do want more dimension and embellishment so I went to my 28 Lilac Lane Rainbow Unicorn shaker mix. What I love about my shaker mixes is that they’ve got a handful of buttons and LOADS of little sequins and beads so from making a shaker card to adding a few sweet little embellishments they’re perfect!
I’m a big fan of mixing & matching stamp sets, so I grabbed a scrap of cardstock and a sentiment set (Ellen Hutson exclusive) and got stamping! Then, looking at my sweet embellishments I decided one more thing was in order so I colored a single flower, adhered on with foam adhesive, and then using PPA (my favorite adhesive!!) added my sequins and beads.
Ah but wait – one last thing once I stitched and then adhered to a (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) card! I took the little bit of pink color still left, got it onto a real wet paintbrush, and flicked! Those pops of pink added detail to the flower and speckles of fun around where my sequins and beads are. This card turned out in a way that I just love – and I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about how I created it.
I had some extra Daniel Smith Opera Pink on the paper so I decided to create one more card. This time I began by stamping (black archival ink) a sentiment from the same stamp set used on my previous card. Then I used water to draw a heart onto watercolor cardstock and then with watercolor on my brush just gently touched along the wet line. Before I knew it, the heart was formed!
This is such an easy technique, and what a great way to use up my leftover paper and paint! Once dry, we’re ready to finish off this card with embellishments! I’ve got my rainbow unicorn mix out once again, and I’ve placed dots of PPA adhesive around the heart where I envision embellishments. One at a time I add them until satisfied, adding more adhesive as needed.
This card really truly is sprinkled with fun, and I love the results!
I am always inspired to try creating multiple things with the same basic supplies, and seeing how different results can be. When it’s favorite embellishments and colors? That’s always fun! Of course my 28 Lilac Lane embellishments do mix so very well with Ellen Hutson stamps & products – so that made this extra fun.
Thank you to the Ellen Hutson team for inviting me to play along as well as highlighting my 28 Lilac Lane line! Ready to join in the fun? Here’s a link to the Ellen Hutson blog where you can enter the challenge (heck, you may win a prize!) and see even more inspiration.