Welcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop! Our team is a group of demonstrators who love to make beautiful things. Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy! If you hopped over from my dear friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop. For February, we came up with a really unique theme. Colors. But not your average color challenge. Nope, not for us. We decided to give some love to colors who, frankly, don’t get enough love. You know the ones. The sad neglected ink pads that haven’t been opened in, ahem, months (or years).
So as I looked at my papers and my markers and pads, a few colors jumped out. The first was Chocolate Chip. There was a day in my early stamping that I was hard pressed to make a card without this color. I thought it would be my all-time favorite bestie forever. But then, sigh, Espresso came to town and the shabby chic trend went to the side and…..well, you know the story. My dear friend was set aside. I also noticed that Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise had not seen much love either. So a card to combine them….possible? Why yes!!
Admittedly, Turquoise has never been on my go-to list but maybe it needs to be. It really is a pretty color! In any case, I wanted to make these colors look fun and trendy so my first thought was watercolor. Specifically Watercolor Wings. I sponged the Pumpkin Pie onto the big butterfly and stamped it onto Shimmery White card stock. Then I sponged Tempting Turquoise onto the coordinated “spots” image and stamped it over the orange. And here is where the magic happens. I took a dampened Aquapainter (mine did not have water in it, I just dipped into water so you could use a paint brush here too), and started moving the ink around a bit. Just a little. Enough to make the edges fuzzy and to create the watercolor look. Almost like I painted it myself if I was capable of painting it myself! The body of the butterfly was stamped with Chocolate Chip with more water added. Then I added a few speckles with my Gorgeous Grunge stamp and added a little water to those too.Here is a closeup.I’m going to take a moment to give a big shout out to the underutilized workhorse that is Shimmery White paper. This paper is so pretty. The subtle sparkle in it makes everything special to start. But then….who knew….it actually allows for some watercoloring!! Not tons and tons of water like a true watercolor paper, but certainly perfect for this kind of project. It makes this one layer card feel complete. You can see some of the shimmer in the closeup but in person, amazing.
The sentiment is from the Watercolor Wings set too and is one of my favorite sentiments to put on cards. Many times I’m not sure of the card’s purpose when I make it and this one allows for the card to used for almost anything!
Ok, it is time for you to continue on our colorful hop. Hope you will be inspired to pull out some of your old favorites that need a little love!
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Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper: Shimmery White; Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Aquapainter
Wow!!! Gorgeous!! You are so good making simple have big wow factor!!
i too was all about chocolate chip, then espresso!!! so funny!
That is such a fun idea for a hop, I love it. And your watercolored butterfly looks amazing!
The Fancy Friday Blog Hop is my favorite blog hop and this week it was so much fun to see how everyone used the “leftover colors”. Everyone’s cards were just as beautiful as when they use their favorite ones! Thanks for giving all of us a great Fancy Friday!
wow!!! this is just gorgeous!!! love the watercolor effect you achieved… think I will have to give it a try!!
That is beautiful Jennifer. A must CASE!!
OMG, i just had to tell you how much your post spoke to me – so hearing you on Choc Chip and Temp Turq! What about Rose Red? Sigh, glad it’s not just me, lol… Gorgeous, as always! Hea XX
Oh yes…..Rose Red!! Another color that was a favorite of mine!!!
So simple, so stunning!
Beautiful card, Jennifer, and an inspired way to use those colors.
Jen, this is so soft and beautiful. I love how you incorporated the Chocolate Chip into your card. (One of my least used colors too, for the very same reason.) Hugs, my friend!
Oh wow this is just stunning Jen! I adore your one layer card – so elegant!
Great technique! I must try it since I just got some Shimmery White in my recent SU order!
Wow! I really love this card and the watercolor effect.