Watercolored Avant Garden

Hello, my friend. Thank you for reading my blog today! I’m so glad you stopped by. Talking about friends, this past weekend I did something special. I arranged with another crazy busy Mom friend to meet late Saturday night, when kids were asleep…at a coffee shop. We were laughing because it was so late, we thought the only place open would be a bar. To put it mildly, we’re not the type of women who would ever step foot in a bar. Not that I have a problem bars (my husband would live in a bar if he could), it’s just not me. I’m more of the crunchy, vegetarian, tree-hugging type.

It was so great to get away from our houses and just enjoy each other’s company. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never asked this friend to get together with just me. We have kids the same age and we always get together as a family. She and I are both SUPER busy and I thought she’d never have time. But I love her and when we’re all together as a family, we can’t usually talk as much as we’d like (another understatement). It was so refreshing to get away and talk about anything and everything. We were both thrilled and will need to schedule this regularly!

Going with the Flow

My card today makes me remember the importance of going with the flow and not forcing things to go “your way.” When I first started stamping with the Avant Garden stamp set, I went in an entirely different direction. I was going to color the flower with markers, etc. I started in this way and after stamping the image onto scrap paper, I wasn’t happy with it. The stamp wanted me to use it an entirely different way. Without guilt, I scrapped my original idea and went with the watercoloring!

Watercolored Handmade Card using the Avant Garden stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m so glad that I went with my second idea. I love how the card came out! It’s so much more fun to stamp when you go with your intuition and don’t keep chasing an idea that doesn’t want to work. I had intended to stamp for only a few minutes, but once the inspiration hit, I finished the whole card in one session!

Tips and Tricks

To do the watercoloring I started with Shimmery White paper. I first stamped the images in versamark and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Using my Aqua Painter, I brushed some water all over the cardstock (lightly!). I then painted Flirty Flamingo ink all over it.

Watercolored Handmade Card using the Avant Garden stamp set by Stampin' Up!

If you’ve never watercolored, give it a try! After you do it the first time, the process is easy and you get better and better.

As a final touch, I added some glitter. I did this my putting tombow over the card in random places and then sprinkling it over with silver glitter. Before putting on the glitter, make sure the card is dry or you’ll have glitter everywhere. It would later come off (it’s just water) but you may make a huge mess. As me how I know. LOL.

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Avant Garden (Sale-A-Bration)
Paper: Falling in Love DSP, Shimmery White, In color Assortment Pack, Whisper White (card base)
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Versamark
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Glitter

Birthday with Avant Garden

The famous saying, “The Cobbler’s children have no shoes” is so true in my home! I’m great at making cards, not so great at remembering to send cards. Last year, I totally forgot to make a birthday card for my daughter. Crazy, right? How is that possible? Maybe it happened because I’ve got about 3 million to-do items in my brain? I’m sure I’m not alone. There’s so much to do every day that I can’t always keep up with everything.

This year, however, I was resolved not to forget!! My daughter’s 9th birthday was this past Sunday and lo and behold, I remembered to make her a card! I feel like doing a dance. Woohoo! In case you’re worried, I did remember to buy her birthday gifts. Thank goodness for amazon. She’s really into baking and had wanted her own supplies, so I got her colorful measuring cups and spoons. I also ordered the cutest apron on etsy. This is totally win-win because I’m sure she’ll be baking up lots of yummies. It’s good to have creative kids!

Avant Garden Stamp Set

For her card, I wanted to dig into my new Avant Garden Stamp Set since I hadn’t yet inked it up. I used my favorite color, Flirty Flamingo. (Such a bright, cheerful color!) To start, I stamped the flowers on scrap paper and cut them out. This didn’t take long at all, and really packed a punch!

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

I then added some stems in Wild Wasabi and adhered the flowers with dimensionals to give them a pop. Once I had this piece in place, I loved the colors against the white so I decided to do something out of character for me, I left the whole card white. Woohoo!! I totally love it!

Thick White Card Stock

There’s something about this card that you can’t see, but I wonder if you can tell from the picture. Did you realize that I used the thick white cardstock as the card base? This is actually my first time using it and I can’t believe it took me this long. It totally makes the card special (in real person, at least) because it has substance and weight. I’ll definitely be using it all the time in the future, whenever my card base is white. It makes such a difference!

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

Putting It Together

Once I had my flowers on the stitched square, I had a ball playing. I added a frame with the same Flirty Flamingo pink. I added some layers with the splatter (Early Espresso Ink stamped off twice). I also added some ribbon, a doily, and metallic thread. It was one of those cards that comes together quickly and is fun to create.

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

I hope you find some time to stamp this week! Don’t feel that you have to wait for the weekend to stamp. I actually did this card over several weeknights, working a few minutes at a time while chatting on the phone. It was a fun way to get the card made.

Happy Stamping,

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Avant Garden Stamp Set
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Wild Wasabi, and Early Espresso
Other: Layered Squares Framelit, Stitched Shapes framelits, Delicate Doilies, Silver Metallic Thread, Sale-a-bration silver ribbon