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Friday, June 2, 2017

Gold Embossed Tulips

Tuesday I shared the kitchen dress cards I made for a friend, and today's card will be included in a batch I'm giving to another friend.  She likes the hand crafted look, so I'm hoping this isn't too simple for her.  I used the single tulip from Penny Black's Delicate Florals set, embossed in gold and watercolored with Tombow markers.




I didn't invest a lot of time in the watercoloring.  I just marked along the embossed lines and spread the ink around with a wet brush.  Easiest watercoloring ever.  In fact, I made two of these.  When in doubt go easy on the ink and heavy on the water.  Clean the brush frequently so as not to spread too much color.  The effect is nice, considering.

Gold embossing can look dull as dishwater unless it's turned in the light a certain way, so here's another angle:



After coloring I cut the 4x4 panel into 1" strips and glued to the card with just the tiniest degree of separation.  The score line at the lower edge helped with even placement of the strips.

The card base is Neenah 110 lb white.  The watercolor paper is Arches 140 lb hot press.  The sentiment is an unmarked 1997 oldie.  I gold embossed the tulip inside for additional decoration.

Easy to make, easy to explain!  Now here I am wondering how I could have possibly waited so long to finally use this pretty tulip stamp.  Crazy!  Have a happy day!


20 comments:

  1. Sometimes the cards you spend the least amount of time on are the most beautiful!

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  2. ohhhhhhhhhh - HOW ELEGANT! Leslie, this is one of my favorite cards of yours (is that EVEN possible? How can it be when I am so in love with everything you do?) The gold EP is lovely against the delicate watercolor - just the right amount of coloring. I especially like the strips. How could your friend not love it? Very Leslie-like. LOL xx

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  3. Oh My Goodness!!! this is So,so pretty!!! Your water coloring is so Lovely, I'll have to try just pushing it around with water... Like the way you cut into strips and left the space... Just a Great Look, and one I'm going to try!!!

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  4. This is just gorgeous, Leslie!, I am so enamored with the softness along with the gold embossing...not too simple in my book!! You always make me want to try again at water coloring!

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  5. Shes gonna love it Leslie! Not simple at all with the embossing it totally adds a classy look. Beuatiful!

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  6. very pretty. wonderful coloring. Haven't used my Tombows in ages... Have a great day

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  7. This is exactly what I've been considering....and your beautiful gold-lined tulips have really inspired me to try it! Terrific!

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  8. So, so beautiful, Leslie! Love the image cut into four panels, and the gold is so pretty.

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  9. You are one gutsy lady. I never would have the nerve to cut that beautiful image, but it is gorgeous and adds so much to the card. Love that sentiment too.

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  10. Hi Leslie, mmm you say easy and simple!! not to me, would take me an age! and would never have this beautiful look...Gorgeous fabulous tulip image and stunning colours used on gold embossing, I love the layout and sentiment.. Your friend will adore these wonderful cards.
    Hugs Pam x

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  11. Stunning gold heat embossed and watercolored tulips, Leslie. Love how you cut your main image into panels and mounted your pretty heat embossed sentiment below. TFS my friend. Haven't we had the most beautiful gardening weather?!? Hugs...

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  12. WOW ... I think it's just gorgeous! LOVE the 'illusion' appeal of the watercoloring and the overall design is classy! Great job! OH and BTW ... I ordered that kitchen apron set ... actually got the LAST one until they order more! Whew! Thanks for enabling! LOL

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  13. This card is so pretty! I love the gold embossing. I'm sure your friend will love it! Love the sentiment! Have a great weekend!

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  14. She will totally love it, that gold embossing is so pretty both on the image and sentiment, your coloring is just gorgeous and I will have to try out your tips. Love your idea of cutting them into strips, such a lovely effect!

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  15. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colouring and the divisions really add something special. Have a lovely day!

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  16. The gold is beautiful..and I love that sentiment!

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  17. Well, I have obviously fell behind in blog reading! Oh my this is gorgeous. Love the gold embossing and the way you did your water colouring. Beautiful colours, love how you cut your design, it really works for your image, and how you left the bottom for a sentiment! Another one into my favs! Stunning!

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  18. Gorgeous, it matches the shirt I have on right now..teehee...love the gold embossing, it makes the card so elegant, those tulips are placed beautifully and colored beautiful as well! Another stunner!

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  19. OMG! You are so talented. The designs you come up with are all just so unique and positively wonderful.

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