Good morning! I have a bright and cheery card to share today! It’s been a rough couple weeks for a variety of reasons and when I saw this adorable stamp set from The Ink Road over at Simon Says Stamp I just had to snag it. I have fond elementary school memories of holding buttercups under my chin during recess with my friends, because the saying goes, if you see yellow on your chin you like butter! 😉 I have no idea why doing that became a thing or if it has anything to do with the sentiment, Chin Up, Buttercup, but I needed something cheerful and definitely fit the bill!
I’m pretty sure I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve made a card with this much yellow but it was perfect for a dreary day! I started by just loosely watercoloring two washes of yellow on a piece of watercolor paper. I used Daniel Smith watercolors in Hansa Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, and New Gamboge. I wet the paper first and then dropped the color loosely following the line of water. One thing I struggle with is leaving white space for more dimension so this is actually my second attempt. My first had two yellow diagonal washes with no white showing and as soon as I finished it I realized it wouldn’t work. Anyone else struggle with remembering to leave white space?! After I was done I set it aside to dry. And at first I was thinking to myself, this is not gonna work…but I’m glad I persisted!
Next I stamped the buttercup flowers onto the watercolor paper using intense black ink from Simon Says Stamp. I tried to find areas of yellow that slightly resembled the shape of the flower petals. I also allowed some of the stamps to go over the edge of the paper for a little more dimension. I also stamped the hexagons using first and second generation stamping for a little variation in color. Finally I flicked a little black soot distress ink over the corners.
Once that was totally dry I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment with versamark and heat-embossed it with detail black embossing powder. I finished the card with a few jewels from Lucy’s Little Things and Pretty Pink Posh!
This photo is also my day 8 entry to the “Flatlay” prompt for the March Meet the Maker challenge over on Instagram! If you’d like to see my other posts for this challenge you can follow me over on Instagram here! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
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