Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Watercolored Birthday Wishes

8/24/2016 Update: This card was a Favorite for the Week at Splitcoast Stampers.

8/23/2016 Update: My card won Honorable Mention at Watercooler Wednesday #81!

Having lived in Florida for a long time, I am very familiar with the Hibiscus. The flower grows in many colors and there are more than 600 species. It is also the Hawai'i State Flower and grows abundantly in temperate zones around the world. I have a few in my yard here in Arizona. This stamp set has been in my stash for a while and I decided it was perfect for two challenges today. One is a color challenge and the other is a "Trend" challenge.

On a card base of white, a panel of cardstock was adhered as a mat for the focal panel. The focal panel was made from water color paper. It was colored using an Aqua Pen and water color pencils. Once dry, it was adhered to the card. Also on water color paper, the
flowers and leaves were stamped and water colored using the same method. Once dry, the elements were fussy cut, popped up on foam tape and adhered. Clear Wink of Stella was applied to the flowers, Glossy Accents was applied to the anthers of the stamens. Clear droplets were added and the card was stamped with a birthday sentiment. The inside of the card was decorated with a stamp and colored with a Stampin' Write marker.
The challenges are:

1. Just Us Girls Challenge #356


2. Watercooler Wednesday #81

Techniques: Stamping, fussy cutting, water coloring
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Watermelon Wonder Stampin' Write Marker (inside)
Paper: Whisper White, Peach Parfait (retired) cardstock; watercolor paper
Misc.: Dimensionals, Aquapen

CTMH Materials
Stamps: "Hawaiian Hibiscus"

Other Materials
Stamp: Lil' Inker Awesome Blossoms (sentiment)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Colors: Derwent Inktense Water Pencils
Misc.: Glossy Accents, Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets, ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)


  1. Wow, Melanie! You've combined the two challenges beautifully and have used Gail's colors amazingly well. Those blossoms look as if they're ready to put into a vase, they're so natural and realistic in appearance. Your watercolouring is spot on. A wonderful card. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. I love how you have coloured those beautiful hibiscus flowers. Great touches with the background too. thanks for joining us again at Just Us Girls Melanie.

  3. Simply stunning Melanie! Your flowers are just beautiful and I love the background. Perfect in every way! :)

  4. I love this stamp so much and your colouring is perfect. The colour scheme is excellent and the shading is just right for the flowers. Love the little details. Great card!

  5. Melanie, your hibiscus blooms couldn't be more perfect for my Colour Challenge! And watercolouring is my favourite technique. Absolutely gorgeous! You have acheived so much depth and texture, these flowers just jump off the card. Thank you for playing along with us at Watercooler Wednesday!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous hibiscus, Melanie! I love how you've used these colors. Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

  7. Great card Melanie. I love the hibiscus and you've blended our colour palette so beautifully with your
    stamping. Thanks for playing along at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

  8. Mel, hibiscus are my favorite card is gorgeous and watercolored it all. So much I want to use these colors and may have to join this color challenge...but will be under the wire I'm sure. Thurman quite a distraction to my papercrafting.

  9. What a beautiful card. Great use of all the colors.

  10. I absolutely love your colouring of the hibiscus, Melanie! What a great job; it looks like I could lift them off of the card. Great use of the challenge colours. I'm glad that you joined us at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week. ~Deborah

  11. Congratulations, Melanie, for your Honourable Mention at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.