Saturday, December 29, 2018

Brutus Monroe ~ Botanical Banners ~ Happy Birthday

Hello! I'm here with another guest spot featuring the gorgeous Botanical Banners stamp set... Oh My Goodness! These gorgeous flowers were a dream to watercolor! Let's get right to it, shall we?

I stamped the Botanical Banners floral set onto Canson XL watercolor paper (140lb) with Brutus Monroe Clear Embossing Ink and heat set a fine black embossing powder. This is my favorite technique for watercoloring because the raised edges of the heat embossed image keep the watercolors pretty well contained. I then watercolored the image by putting a couple drops of the Aqua Pigment on my acrylic blocks, one color per block so there wasn't any chance of mixing.

 I used my watercolor pen to pick up the colors, cleaning off my pen with paper towel between colors. I have to admit when I used the Pearl Aqua Pigment to blend with the Fuschia on the petals of the flowers... I was blown away! It was just so gorgeous and the shimmer! Love it!

All the shiny on the card made it a little difficult to get a picture. In this picture though, I think you can see the shimmer from the Pearl Aqua Pigment watercolors on the petals but also around the flower with the Blue Green Pigment watercolors.... I just couldn't resist using the Pearl again after seeing how beautiful it was on the petals.

Here's one last shot at the shimmery layers on the card. I just can't get enough of it!

Once my watercolored panel was dry, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and set it aside. I have just been itching to give this Milky Way embossing powder a try every since it arrived and I have to tell you it is so cool! I thought I'd give it a try on a colored piece of card stock but didn't want to do your typical black or maybe dark blue... so I grabbed this Lavender card stock from my stash. I laid the Down Pour stencil over the Lavender card stock and dabbed the Clear Embossing Ink all over the stencil making sure not to push too hard because the ink pad is really juicy, but I did make sure to get good coverage through the stencil. I removed the stencil, added the Milky Way embossing powder and then heat it up and Oh. My. Goodness. Wow! I love this stuff! It has such an awesome look to it! Love love love! Anywho, I trimmed my background piece and adhered it to a card base of Alabaster card stock. I then popped up the watercolor panel with some foam tape. My last touch for the card was the sentiment... I stamped the happy birthday banner from the Botanical Banners stamp set with Raven Detail Ink and then just fussy cut it by hand. I adhered it to the card and called this one Done!

I have had so much fun sharing my creations with you this month. I hope you've enjoyed them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
~ Crystal


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