Technique Tuesday Hello Hollyhock Cards

Hey, hi! How’s your day going? Yesterday I was up at the Technique Tuesday blog with some pretty floral cards today and wanted to share the same here. They feature the Technique Tuesday July Greenhouse Society stamp and die set called Hello Hollyhocks.

My first card involves masking, which can be a time consuming task, but is so worth it for the wild, overgrown garden of hollyhocks that this card turned out to be! I planted a garden of hollyhocks just like this one, at one of the houses I’ve lived in and I’ve missed it ever since!

All of the cards I’m sharing today were stamped onto watercolor paper and painted with watercolor paints. For this card, I stamped with waterproof ink and left it at that, with no heat embossing to define the lines further.

I used a mix of Daniel Smith and Winsor Newton paints to create the mix of colors on this card, and I pulled colors out of the shapes to fill the background with the suggestion of more garden in the distance. For the flower and leaf shapes I painted in a random, patchy fashion generally keeping most of the pigment towards the centers and wicking some color outwards to the edges.

Once I had finished painting and it had dried, I flicked paint splatters on using the remaining paint left in my palette. I die cut the “thanks” using the Say It-Thanks die set and paired it with the coordinating shadow die cut from vellum. I stamped and heat embossed the “for everything” onto a strip of watercolor paper and adhered it below. Finally, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkle sequins and decided the card was finished. With a scene this busy and vibrant, I didn’t feel it needed any more than that.

The next two cards are created by stamping the hollyhock image once onto card stock and heat embossing, for one card with black ink and clear embossing powder and for the other, with clear ink and white embossing powder.

Each card is painted with more of the same paint colors mentioned above, and each has some of the flower color painted onto a background panel of watercolor cardstock.

For the blue, Morning-Glory-reminiscent-card I added paint speckles to the background of the same blue and green paints used on the stamped and die cut image. I stamped a sentiment from the Hello Hollyhock stamp set and added a black stamped paper strip to compliment the partially stamped background text stamp from my stash.

The pink card gets a similar treatment although the image is stamped in black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The “thank you” sentiment is also from the Hello Hollyhock stamp set and is stamped with clear ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The background card panel is die cut with a Wonky Stitched rectangle die from MFT and is matted with some textured solid card stock from DCWV.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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