Thursday, 20 March 2014

Purple Peony

 Hi, I've been having fun with watercolor effects again and a couple of new dies from Memory Box.

I diecut the background peony from watercolor paper and the peony outline from typing paper just to see what it looked like.
 I thought it would be good as a stencil to guide where I coloured the base, so held it there while I added some colour with a tombow marker. I kept the stencil in place while I blended the colour out with an aquapainter. I quite liked the white outline that was left behind.

Here's a pic of the outline stencil.

I'm going to link up to a few challenges.

At Less is More the theme is masking or stencilling.
At Addicted to Stamps & More the challenge is to Make your Mark with pens, pencils or similar colouring mediums.
At The Card Concept the theme is to create a birthday card in one of the designer's styles. There's a range to choose from so there's something for everyone. I think this card fits into the Clean and Simple category.
My black and shimmer paper layers are cut from leftover snippets so I'm also visiting the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Edited to add: I'm also going to link up to the  Moxie Fab World where the theme is Stencils: Styling with Stencils Challenge. I've used a diecut as a stencil.

Materials used: Memory Box Lovely Peony Outline and Background dies: Tombow marker; bling & sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)
Cathy x

29 comments:

Maudieroff Roffey said...

WOW this is nice - bring it when you visit nxt please... Mxx

Cathy said...

Will do :) Cathy x

Irene said...

Cathy, your card is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous colours.
luv
irene
xxxx

Kerin said...

What a gorgeous flower and the silver makes it even more elegant. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at The Card Concept :)

Monica said...

This looks like a winner to me. What brilliant shading.

Susanne Vargas said...

This peony came out beautifully! Great technique!

scrappymo! said...

This is fabulous.Thanks for the description of how you made this little beauty.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Okay, you clever, clever artist, this is breathtaking!! What a fabulous tip, Cathy, thank you so much!! I'm bookmarking this post! Have a great day!! Hugs, Darnell

sandie said...

very creative Cathy and a fabulous colouring

Bonnie said...

This is such a gorgeous flower, Cathy! Very clever to use the die cut as a stencil for this!

Deborah Frings said...

Very pretty, I do like the watercolour effect. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

I think the painted "waste" would look pretty on a card too!

Mrs A. said...

Stunning card and love the colour too. Hugs Mrs A.

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful watercolored peony Cathy!! Such a great idea with how you created the layers of petals with using a thin mask from typing paper!! Will have to give that a try! Loll xx

Cornelia W said...

Gorgeous card, Cathy! Quite clever, how you created that!

Di said...

How clever Cathy - such a great tip too for the white outline. Beautifully coloured flower there honey!

Hugs

Di
xx

Viv said...

Great card Cathy and what a fabulous Peony too :) Viv xx

Sue said...

Your beautiful flower looks fabulous on the black background. Great use of the diecuts too.. x

KayM said...

OH this is such a lovely card and very beautifully executed! The stenciling is great! Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept! :)

Anne said...

Cathy this is stunning, love it!
Thanks for taking the Less is More Challenge this week
Anne
(Guest commenter LIM)

Carol L said...

This is one of the most fabulous floral images I've ever seen! WOW! Your coloring is gorgeous, and I do love that fine white outline around the bloom! Well done!!

Karen Petitt said...

Absolutely stunning Cathy, love the colour, love the technique, love the style of the card and just love it! xx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Wow! Really beautiful card.
Your watercolouring is stunning.
Caroline xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

That's a gorgeous water colored card. That die stencil will make another great card too. I had a brief moment of madness where I thought about trying out some water coloring. I lay down until the feeling passed. Whew! Dodged a bullet! ;-)

MaryH said...

Gorgeous shading on your watercoloing! Like that idea of using the outline on typing paper as a stencil too. The purple & lavender shades are so striking against the black & silver matting too. You're nailing this watercolor technique, Cathy. So very beautiful. TFS & Hugs

Sue - said...

Gorgeous stencilling and the fi nished card is really pretty

Anita in France said...

Wow, this is so eyecatching, Cathy ... such a beautiful colour palette ... love how the peony pops off the black background!
Thanks so much for popping over to see me for my surprise belated birthday bash ... and leaving me some sweet wishes ... it was so lovely of you! I had such a wonderful time ... thanks for helping to make it so special!
Anita :)

Craft-E-Place said...

Beautiful card, stunning watercolour.
Elaine

Narelle Farrugia said...

Oh this is so lovely! What an absolutely stunning flower!
Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!

Karen said...

so pretty...