Saturday, June 1, 2019

~ Friends of Unity June Blog Hop ~

Hey there crafty peeps!
It's one of my favorite times of the month... it's time for the June Friends of Unity Blog Hop!!
Our theme or cue this month is Wedding...




My first thought when I was looking at our cue was... Flowers! Flowers always work for a wedding card... so I pulled out my Delectable {Border Backgrounds} kit!! These flowers are gorgeous!!


I stamped the flowers on Canson XL watercolor paper with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine white embossing powder. I watercolored the flowers with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens... to achieve the pretty colors on the flowers I used Yellow {No. 050} and Light Pink {No. 026} watercolor pens. First I lightly colored the flowers with the yellow watercolor by scribbling the color on my acrylic block. I then used my watercolor brush pen to pick up the color and paint on my panel. Without waiting for the yellow watercolor to dry I did the same with the pink watercolor... scribbling the color on my acrylic block and using my watercolor brush pen to pick up the color and I painted in swirls around the petals of the flowers allowing the watercolors to blend.


I love that the yellow and pink blended to make a beautiful peach color but you can still see the yellow and pink in the petals.... so pretty! I also used two greens for the leaves... Yellow Green {No. 053} and Light Green {No. 041}. I started by watercoloring with the yellow green using the same technique picking up the color from my acrylic block. I always use this technique when I want more control over the amount of color on my project. I then watercolored with the light green... blending with the yellow green but also allowing the light green to dry over top of the yellow green in some spots. I love the defined lines that it gives the leaves when you allow the layers of watercolor to dry in between colors.


Here's a close up of my favorite flowers on the card. I'm so pleased with how it turned out... so pretty!


My second card came together in my mind when I was searching through my background stamps for the Delectable {Border Backgrounds} kit... I happened to see my never-been-inked Barn Wall background stamp ~ a collaboration by Brutus Monroe and Unity Stamp Co ~ and thought it would make for a lovely background with the From This Day Forward kit. I started by stamping the Barn Wall background with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed Emerald Creek Patina Oxide Baked Texture embossing powder... WOW!! This embossing powder is amazing!! If you click on my photo above, you can hopefully see the awesome colors and detail in the embossed background. I watercolored the background using a mix of Light Blue {No. 036} and Turquoise Green {No. 042}. Once dry, I die cut the background using a stitched rectangle die and adhered it directly to a white card base using mono multi purpose liquid glue by Tombow.


Next I stamped the beautiful bride and groom image, as well as the flowers in the From This Day Forward kit using VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder. I watercolored the couple using Flesh Color {No. 071}, Light Gray {No. 091}, Brown {No. 060}, Mid Brown {No. 065} for the bride; and Flesh Color {No. 071}, Light Gray {No. 091}, Dark Gray {No. 095}, Mid Brown {No. 065}, Dark Brown {No. 062} for the groom. I added some sparkle to the bride using the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen...


Here's a close up of that shimmer... it's really gorgeous in person!


I ended up taking a couple close up shots because my OTT light kept giving me a shadow... but I think with the two photos you can see the beautiful shimmer. Oh, and this second photo gives you a little close up look at the Patina Oxide embossed background... if you look between the leaf and the purple flower in the bottom left corner. Love it!


I watercolored the pretty flowers blending Lilac {No. 083} and Violet {No. 080} with a touch of Bright Yellow {No. 052} and Yellow {No. 050} in the center of the flowers. For the other flowers {not sure what they are called} I used Blue {No. 030} and then blended them with clean water. For the leaves, I used Pale Green {No. 045} and May Green {No. 047}. I fussy cut the couple and flowers and adhered them to the card... popping up the couple with dimensionals. I then trimmed off the edges of my card base where the flowers were hanging off the edge. To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder and then die cut it with a banner die. I adhered that to a black layer that was also die cut from the same banner die, however, I cut the black layer in half and adhered it just to the ends of the sentiment banner. I also added a touch of the Patina Oxide embossing powder to the edges of the black banner using a VersaMark watermark marker. I popped up the sentiment on the card and called 'er done! I think it turned out pretty nice!

Now before we get to the hopping... a little business. Drum roll please... 
the winner of my giveaway is...





...It's a Card Knock Life!!! 
Please email me at crystalominkler@gmail.com to claim your prize. 
Prize must be claimed within two weeks.

Thanks to you all so much for your continued support of our little hop... and for all of your lovely comments! I just feel awful that I haven't had time to reply to each comment to let you know just how much I appreciate it and I really, truly do appreciate each and every one of your sweet comments.

So real quick... while I was unpacking my Unity stamps I found a box full of grab bag stamps! Yup... a box... not a ginormous box, mind you, but a box full! Anywho, I've decided to give away two grab bags of 25 stamps each!! Woohoo! Winners will be chosen and announced in our July blog hop. So be sure to hop along and comment on each of our blog posts!
Let's get to it, shall we...


~ Blog Hop List ~

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Eileen







Thanks so much for checking out my blog post!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal



84 comments:

  1. Love all the glitter & shine on both cards. I love the stunning 2nd wedding card! and how even with the flowers, I still think the groom would fall in love with this. How could he not?! lol Absolutely beautiful work, Crystal. (And what a mouthful that ep is! lol).

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    1. Thank you so very much, Becca! LOL... you are correct! The ep has a long name... I didn't even write the whole thing. LOL!

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  2. Lovely cards... From This Day Forward is one of my favorite stamp sets!

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  3. Lovely cards Crystal!! Love how sunny , orange juicy the roses are. Love the shimmer on the dress in the second card!❤️Dorothy Green

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    1. Thank you so much, Dorothy! I really love how the roses turned out!

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  4. Both of these cards are so lovely. I love the yellow blend on your flowers and using the barn wall was genius Crystal!

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  5. I must be part bee, because I am just SO attracted to floral cards. Yours are both beautiful and perfect for a June wedding. I love the beautiful flow of watercolors in the first card - the yellow, peach and pink are just gorgeous!

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  6. I so love the floral card, and your mixing of the yellow and pink- just gorgeous! Your traditional card- is so detailed- love the backing, the flowers and your beautiful coloring!!! Fantastic!

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  7. Wow fantastic cards Crystal, Simply wonderful with all the details and gorgeous colors!!

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  8. Gorgeous cards, Crystal! Loving this theme... so wanted to participate this month! Next month for sure! Don’t you just love Seth Apter powders?!

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    1. Awww... thank you so much, Joyce! We've missed you terribly... but I hope you are healing! I do love Seth Apter powders!!! They are amazing!

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  9. Love both of your cards, but especially the second one, it is stunning!

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  10. Lovely work on both
    cards. Love the shimmer
    on the second one.
    Carla from Utah

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  11. Both cards are great, but I am especially fond of the second one! Your coloring is amazing!

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  12. Beautiful cards!! Love them both!!!

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  13. Love your cards! The couple card is very pretty. I love the soft colors on your BM background card.

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  14. The flowers you painted have so much dimension! I need to play around with "painting" my inks more. Beautiful cards!

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  15. Love both of these, but that floral with the bride and groom is absolutely gorgeous!!! I see I won your giveaway, yay!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melinda! Yay! Congrats on winning my giveaway!

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  16. I love them both!!
    Your water coloring is beautiful!!

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  17. Very pretty! I love you color combo on the floral card. ~Cindy Knickerbocker

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  18. The floral card is so lovely, very pretty colors. And I love the shimmer on the bride's dress on the second card. Barbie Heydweiller

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  19. Amazing cards, Crystal! I love the colors and your watercoloring on both cards. And I love the barn wall background too-amazing. Very clever. And 2 grab bag prizes is awesome too! Just beautiful cards. Thanks for your continued inspiration...always!

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  20. I love the flowers on the wedding card! Both cards are great. Embossing with white is a great idea!

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  21. Absolutely beautiful cards! Love those gorgeous flowers and the colors you used! And a lovely wedding scene on your second card, with beautiful coloring!

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  22. Marisela Delgado said: Great cards. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  23. Oh Crystal, your florals cards is absolutely gorgeous!! You always inspire me with your coloring!! I LOVE that we both used the same stamp so differently. Love the barn wall background you gave yours.

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    1. Thank you so much, Bobbie Sue! I love that we used the same stamp as well!!

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  24. Love the shimmer on brides dress... also bright flowers...

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  25. Beautiful cards!! Love the coloring!

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  26. Wedding are fun events this would be a wonderful card for anyone.

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  27. These are wonderful! I absolutely love the first one as it it reminds me of sorbet roses. The second one is a work of art. I didn’t notice the barn wall stamp was used til you mentioned it. Absolutely lovely work!

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    1. Yes!! I love sorbet roses!! My husband used to buy them for me when we were dating! Thank you so much for your kind words, Holly!

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  28. Awesome cards. Thank you for giving so many details. I get to look at pretty stuff AND learn how to do it ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim! I always appreciate your kind comments!

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  29. Beautiful cards!! Your coloring is wonderful!

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  30. Crystal, the peach floral card is wonderful, and yet the bride and groom card had incredible detail. I am one again kicking myself for buying everal other BM backgrounds last month during that great sale, but missing the barn door!! Ironic!!! Thank you so much for all that you share with us!!!!

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    1. Awwww... thank you so much, Linda! I sure hope you get that Barn Wall background stamp next time it's on sale! :)

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  31. The bride and groom card is amazing. That background is lovely. HUgz

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  32. Beautiful colors on both of these wonderful wedding cards.

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  33. Great cards!! I LOVE the colors you used on the roses of the first and the shimmer of the dress on the second card.

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  34. I really like the orange/yellows you used. SO pretty!

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  35. Both are BEAUTIFUL! I love the couple and the glitter/shimmer you added!

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  36. Love the bride and groom but I especially love the floral stamp. Great way to include brides colors in the card design.

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  37. Beautiful cards! The bride and groom one just blows me away. So many details, so gorgeous!

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  38. Crystal, both cards are so beautiful! Love your color choices on both.

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  39. I love the old fashioned look of your wedding couple, and the modern design of your floral card. Both are wonderful ways to congratulate a lucky couple!

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  40. Awww! Both your cards are really gorgeous! I'm in love for your second one! Very romantic!
    Congrats to the winner!!!

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