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Birthday Blooms

The Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog is chock full of beautiful products to love and Birthday Blooms is no exception. For this week’s Global Design Project theme challenge, Love, I thought this stamp set would be perfect.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms

One thing I love to do is to watercolor images for a one-of-a-kind card. Watercoloring takes some time, but each image turns out unique and no matter what your skill level is, you can watercolor a stamped image. I think you’ll love it too.

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by using the emboss-resist technique. Embossing a stamped image creates an outline that makes watercoloring simple. Each space is separate allowing water to pool in the middle and it is difficult to go outside the lines.

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Using Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads and with an Aqua Painter also makes it easy to keep everything clean and tidy. First, I press the cover of the closed ink pad to add some ink to the inside cover. Then I pick up the color with an Aqua Painter and apply it to my stamped image.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms

I give the entire image a “once over” then go back in and add more color to darken areas. I softly colored the background with Crumb Cake ink to add a background to the flower image.

Using a Stampin’ Trimmer, I cut the left and right sides of the flower and trimmed the bottom of the plant with Paper Snips. The result is an image that pops from its background. The ribbon is from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit and adding it really solidifies the ground, I think.

I hope you enjoyed the card today. Check out the Birthday Blossoms stamp set below. There are additional flowers and great sentiments you can use year round.

Don’t forget to play along with Global Design Project and show us what you love. We look forward to your projects every week and love all of the inspiration you share.


Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms

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  • Reply Louise Edmonds

    Amazing card Shawn – you have really given this stamp set a gorgeous application hear – love the colours, snipping and watercolour – so happy to have stumbled across it on Pinterest – thanks for sharing

    April 6, 2016 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Bibi

    Shawn I love your cards, love the attention to the detail and colours combos. Your work is so nice! TFS x BIbi

    January 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm
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    January 24, 2016 at 6:06 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    Well Shawn, your have made my jaw drop again! You are so fabulous with the watercolor. And I have been wondering how to make the flower pop with out actually cutting the intire image out. Now I know!!!! Thanks friend for sharing your wonderful tips!!!!

    January 23, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Kylie Bertucci

    Congratulations! This project is one of my most popular pins this week and is being highlighted on my blog today. Thanks for sharing. Kylie xx

    January 23, 2016 at 2:22 am
  • Reply pdobbo

    The colours, the watercoluring – just beautiful!

    January 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply lvich

    Beautiful card, Shawn!

    January 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Michelle Last

    My favourite card of the week and to leave part of the flower over hanging the edge is amazing! You are so clever!

    January 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply stampingpeace

    So much beautifulishness in one card! Love it!

    January 20, 2016 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Tracy May

    Your card is so pretty and elegant Shawn – love it! 🙂

    January 20, 2016 at 5:27 am
  • Reply Lora

    This is so awesome, I must learn how to do this technique.

    You have inspired me to try to make a similar one soon.

    January 19, 2016 at 3:25 am
  • Reply Cheryll Miller

    A beautiful work of art Shawn! xx

    January 19, 2016 at 3:06 am
  • Reply krista frattin

    I thought you had fussy cut the entire flower! What a great technique!

    January 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Lynn Hoyt

    Shawn, how absolutely gorgeous! I love your coloring and that watercolor background! Everything you do seems to turn out so special.

    January 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Lynn

    Shawn, I love this. I’m a sucker for watercolor anyway but I really like how you snipped out just the one side. lovely.


    January 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Anja Luft

    Your card is stunning!

    January 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply cmcaskill2015

    Thank you for the idea of cutting the bottom of the flower to look as if it is popped off the card! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing this card..

    January 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Elisha

    Love. Love. Love your work!! This is gorgeous! Thank you for including the “how-to’s” !!

    January 18, 2016 at 11:21 am
  • Reply HJ

    I love this watercolored card, Shawn. You did a fabulous job and I love the tip about giving the beautiful flower a shadow of crumb cake and adding the ribbon. Perfect.

    January 18, 2016 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Steffi ❤ Stempelwiese

    Oh wow! So beautiful! I love your card ❤︎

    January 18, 2016 at 7:53 am
  • Reply diannescards

    What a beautiful card. Your painting is flawless! I’m inspired!

    January 18, 2016 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Brian King

    This is absolutely draw-dropping, Shawn! I literally said “gah” with a long breath when I saw it. Your watercoloring is divine, and the addition of that ribbon is inspired. You might can guess it, but I love this card!

    January 18, 2016 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Kylie Bertucci

    Wow wow wow Shawn. Just so breathtakingly beautiful. Adore the watercoloring and the crumb cake in the background. The half snipping is such a great idea! So much inspiration in one card I am overwhelmed. TFS!

    January 18, 2016 at 6:37 am
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