Saturday, April 14, 2018

Floral Merci

The latest challenge at Incy Wincy Designs has been "Nature and All of Its Beauty." I decided to create this Spring-look floral thank you card. I used the "Twisted Triple Panel" technique for the design.

I first die cut a panel of 140 lb. watercolor paper with the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Stitched Rectangle" dies. I stamped the Essentials by Ellen "Mondo Hydrangea" a few times, including the leaf & individual blossom images. I used Hero Arts Soft Granite ink, since I didn't want harsh black lines around my images for this card.

To get the "Twisted Triple Panel" effect, I die cut the panel with 2 smaller stitched rectangle dies, angling them in opposite directions. To help my watercoloring be consistent, I then nested all 3 panels in place on a piece of Glad Press 'n Seal. This held them together while I painted. I used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors to paint the images. I applied a wash of clean water to each blossom, and then dropped color into the center. I guided the color out with my brush into the petals, to give a blended/shaded look. I made sure to let each flower dry before painting any blossoms right next to it, so the color wouldn't bleed all over. I just worked my way around the panel until all the flowers were painted. Then I set the panel aside to air dry.

To paint the background, I again applied clean water to the panel, going around the flowers, and dropped in a darker green color. I moved the color some with my paintbrush, but mostly let the water do the work. I did paint in sections, making sure to keep the edge where I stopped wet while I reloaded my brush with pigment, so the "new" color would blend into the "old."

Once the panel had dried completely, I removed the sections from the Press 'n Seal. I matted each with a light yellow cardstock, leaving a 1/8" border on all sides of each layer. I adhered the background layer to a white A2 card base. Then I adhered the other 2 layers, placing them so the lines of the flowers matched up. They are at the same angles as when I die cut them, so the image appears continuous. But the matting helps emphasize the angled sections.

For the greeting, I stamped "Merci" (from Stampabilities--no longer available) onto a scrap of Essentials by Ellen 40 lb. vellum. I heat embossed it with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, and then die cut it with the smallest of Lawn Fawn's "Large Stitched Rectangle" dies. I applied adhesive to the back with my Xyron Sticker Maker, and adhered it to the center panel.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Die Cut Divas: "Anything Goes"
613 Avenue Create Challenge #208: "Anything Goes w/Optional Twist (Use Vellum)"


  1. Beautiful. Great design and colors. So glad you added your card to Die Cut Divas.

  2. Looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Hugs, Sandy DT


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