Wednesday, February 6, 2013

medallions revisited.

watercolor gift set

Today, I'm revisiting the Clear and Simple Stamps "medallions" sets, and showing off a card set that was incredibly hard to photograph ;)

Here's my note to self for future projects: bright colors/high contrast projects look so much better in pictures.  (but we both know that I'm in love with the soft colors, so....)

watercolor gift set

I created a set of embossed & watercolored card, that will be gifted to Sofia's main teacher at the end of the year.  Nothing like getting a little ahead of the game... And, I was thrilled to find this little french greeting in the limited edition "celebrate" set.  Awesome.

So, to create my card-fronts, I embossed the entire thing full of medallions (remember: throw on the embossing powder as you go!)  Once everything was embossed, I gave the entire panel a wash in mint watercolors.  I love the hazy imperfection of the watercolors!

My best tip for creating a card set like this: stamp and emboss an entire 8.5x11 inche sheet of paper.  Once everything is embossed and painted, all you have to do is cut the sheet 4 ways and bam!  the bulk of the work on 4 cards is done.

A pretty card set deserves a pretty packaging:

watercolor gift set

I had a few leftover banner flags once I cut into all of the card-front panels.  I adhered one of those to the front of a clothespin, and added a flower from the "build-a-flower" die collection.  The cards went into a simple glassine bag, and the fancy clothespin sealed the top.

I gave the flowers a bit of dimension with this simple trick:

watercolor gift set

Hope you liked it all!  These designers are waiting for you with more inspiration:


watercolor gift set

11 comments:

  1. Maybe it was hard to photograph, but I think the soft colours with the light surroundings make for a beautiful photo!

    These are SO pretty... so classic, and lovely. I ADORE them. And I love sentiment too - even if it wasn't for an immersion (I assume) teacher! It's just got some 'oomph' to it!

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  2. So stunningly beautiful Elena!! I love the softness of it all, the colour palette is perfect and I don't know what you're saying about your photographs but the effort must have been worth it as they've come out lovely!!

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  3. Elegant and so gorgeous!!
    Love the colourcombo and I'm definitely going to try this too!!
    Thanks for this stunning piece of art and inspiration.

    Bye from the Netherlands,

    Marjolein

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  4. So pretty! I love that soft ice blue, and the pennant cut out and flowers. You are so talented!

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  5. so soft and beautiful...love your flowers!

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  6. These are so pretty. I love how you inlaid the sentiment strip.

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  7. Oh, these are wonderful -- so soft and pretty! Elena's teacher will love them! Très magnéfiques!

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