Pretty & Perfect

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Happy Wednesday! Today I have a sparkly, feminine card that I created for a special friend, and could be used for a variety of occasions… this card also features a fun watercolor technique, so be sure to continue reading!

I really love using Heidi Swapp color shines on my cards… the colors are so vibrant and bold, and best of all, they sparkle! :)  When creating this card, I thought it would be fun to use the color shines as my “watercolor” medium, so I chose two sprays (Sweet Cherry and Primrose), and poured small puddles of each onto a mixing palette.


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Creating an A2 sized watercolor card base, I rounded the corners with a corner punch, and stamped the shoe using the Imaginisce “Slipper” stamp with some StazOn Jet Black ink before beginning my watercoloring.

When coloring with the sprays, you need only a damp brush to maintain the vibrancy of the color. An oversaturated brush will result in a more diluted color because the color shines already have a wet consistency to them. I used the Sweet Cherry spray on the outside of the shoe, and for the inside I used the Primrose. I also watercolored the “ground” under the shoe with some Iced Spruce distress ink. I love how juicy these color shines are!


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Next, I stamped my sentiment from the Heidi Swapp “September Skies” set in StazOn Jet Black ink and heat embossed the word “pretty” with Stampendous “Champagne” (gold) embossing powder.

Using the American Crafts “Serendipity” set I stamped the scallop border with some Doll Pink dye ink, and the hearts with the Delicata “Golden Glitz” ink. I also masked off an area above the scalloped and inked it with the same gold ink.


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I added some Glossy Accents over top of the red part of the shoe, and one dry, I drew on some white dot details with a gel pen. Finally, I tied a black and white length of baker’s twine around the bottom of the card.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little watercoloring technique and the card I created using it! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Inspiration & Challenges

I was inspired by the Runway Inspired’s “Oscars Red Carpet” challenge to create the red shoe for the focal image of my card. I have also submitted this card into the challenge.

The “stacked” layout of the card is inspired by the card created by Vicki Dutcher for the Muse challenge #107. I have submitted the card into this challenge as well. Be sure to stop over at Vicki’s blog to check out her card!

This card is also submitted into the Simon Says Stamp “Special Lady/Girly” Wednesday challenge and the Virginia’s View challenge #13 “Embossing”.

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9 Responses

  1. jenniferrzasa says:

    This card is pretty much the sweetest thing! Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway!

  2. Virginia L. says:

    Gorgeous design!! Love how you showcased this image! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View “All Things Embossed” Challenge!

  3. DebGem says:

    A really fun take on the MUSE card!

  4. Lindsay A. says:

    You nailed it with this card, NIna-Marie! I LOVE it, and that shoe! Thanks for playing along with us at Runway Inspired!

  5. Meg McGarry says:

    This card is “pretty much perfect”! I love it!

  6. teresa kline says:

    hello Nina Marie! super cute card, soooo fun! I am thrilled you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  7. LOVE the red shoe! Thanks for joining in at Muse~

  8. Ardyth says:

    I never thought of using the colour shines like that – they look fantastic! So glad you joined us at Muse this week!

  9. Vickey E. says:

    Super cute card! I love it!

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