Celebrating Your Splendid Day
Welcome back, friends! Did you know that July is World Watercolor Month? Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques, and I’ll be highlighting a few different ways to do it this month. Sadly, when I looked at my current stamp sets, I don’t have a lot of “watercolorable” sets. Of course, I’ll have to remedy that very soon. Now is the perfect time, because it’s Sale-a-bration!
I decided to use the Splendid Day Suite Collection for my first watercolor project this month. I was drawn to this suite because of the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), but the more I use it, the more I love it. Although it’s in the July-December Mini Catalog, it’s more of an All-Occasion Suite. I always think fall or winter with this Mini Catalog, but this set is so much more.
First, I started with the DSP. I wanted to use the little bee, so I chose the DSP pattern with the bee. This beautiful DSP is what drew me to the suite. One side of each paper is foil and white ink, while the other side is simply a beautiful soft pattern.
I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece, making sure I included the little bee, and adhered it to a Coastal Cabana card base. Using the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, I stamped the two larger floral images and the bee from the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set in Jet Black Stazon Ink and die-cut them with the Splendid Stems Dies. The stamps and dies are included in the suite, along with the Open Leaf Trinkets and Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon. You can, of course, purchase items separately, but if you want the stamps and dies, you need to use the bundle number – 159677 – to save 10%. (If you order the suite, the stamps and dies are already bundled.)
I colored the die-cut pieces using Watercolor Pencils. These are so easy to use! I used Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, and Crushed Curry. I used a Water Brush to blend the ink and soften the pencil marks.
I decided to die-cut a few more of the images using Soft Sea Foam and Pool Party Cardstock. I also die-cut the semi-circle from one of the “non-foil” sides of the DSP and stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
I added all the die-cut elements to the card, then added a few of the Glossy Dots for even more shimmer and shine. This card can be used for so many occasions, but I have the perfect use for it. My cousins just celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary, and I think this card is perfect!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!
This card is beautiful, Buffy. You are going to talk me into this suite!
Thanks, Susan. I am really enjoying it. The paper, especially is beautiful!
This is such a pretty card! I love the patterned foil; it’s a lovely subtle background to your beautifully coloured flowers & bee 🙂
Thank you, Deborah! That foil is SO gorgeous. It’s my favorite part of the suite.