Birthday Blooms is Stunning Watercolored

Do you have the same “problem” as me,  some stamp sets get used and used and yes, used again? Birthday Blooms is a stamp set I reach for again and again. Sometimes I use the large flowers, other times I use just the sentiments in the beautiful fonts. For the card below, I used both!

Later in this post, I’ll be discussing my vacation. But first I want to tell you about the card!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques. I also love to emboss. When you put them together, you have a technique called “Emboss Resist” or “Watercolor Washing.”

Below is a video I made on how to do this technique. It’s striking, isn’t it?

I first embossed the image using versamark ink and white embossing powder. I embossed on Shimmery White cardstock (my favorite for watercoloring. It shimmers, after all! Gotta love it.) I then used my AquaPainter to color in the flower.

  • Crushed Curry for the the center of the flowers
  • Watermelon Wonder for the outer flowers
  • Wild Wasabi for the leaves
  • Soft Sky for the area around the flowers

Here is a close up:

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Isn’t it a fun technique? I chose the yellow Crushed Curry ink for the center because I love the coral color that it turns into when it meets up with the red Watermelon Wonder ink.

The “For You” sentiment is embossed onto vellum with Copper embossing powder. I used vellum so it would have a soft effect and not detract from the flower. You can also see through it to the soft sky ribbon under it.

This effect is gorgeous and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

My Vacation

Last week I went on vacation and unplugged. This was huge for me and it was something I really needed. I stayed in Upstate New York, in the mountains. It was beautiful!!! Here’s a view of the Hudson River. I took the train up from Maryland, and rode alongside the Hudson for two hours. It was a treat!


While on vacation I did a lot of reading. I was lucky because the place where I stayed had a library. It was gorgeous and there were little cozy areas to read throughout the library, along with gorgeous views. I could not focus on my book, I kept gazing outside, at the beauty around me. Can you blame me?


This picture shows some flowers and just one of the gorgeous views.


I did one thing that I’ve wanted to do for months now. Since reading Henna House by Nomi Eve with my book club, I’ve been obsessed with Henna. The book talks about the history of Henna, the meaning of it, and the beauty of it. There was a Henna artist at the spa, so of course I had to book an appointment. I asked her for a meaningful design with swirls. Here’s what she did.


The Henna was the icing on the cake for me. I loved it and I was so thrilled to experience it. The artist explained that the design was for new beginnings, specifically used in India. Every time I glance down at my hand I smile and remember something wonderful about my vacation. It was a great trip and who knows, maybe I’ll make this an annual vacation?

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Shimmery White, Vellum, Soft Sky
Ink: Versmark, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi
Other: Soft Sky Ribbon, Copper Embossing Powder

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My card for today uses a technique called Emboss Resist.  It has a neat looking effect, doesn’t it?  It’s done by first embossing your design in clear embossing powder.  After the design is set, you brush color onto the card using a sponge or brayer. When done, you’re left with the inverse design.  Pretty cool, no?  If you haven’t had a chance to give it a try, I hope this card encourages you to.

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I used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock.  The card base is Lost Lagoon (I don’t know what I’ll do when that gorgeous color retires at the end of this year!)

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Awesomely Artistic (138694 w) (139950 c)
  • Paper : 133679 Lost Lagoon, 119686 Early Espresso, 101650 Very Vanilla
  • Ink :  102283 Versamark, 133644 Lost Lagoon, 126978 Soft Suede, 126975 Crumb Cake, 126974 Early Espresso
  • Other : 141337 Sponges, 138392 Metallic Foil Doilies, 138428 Crumb Cake 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (approx. 3”), 134581 Venetian Crochet Trim (approx. 3 ½”), 109130 Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 129053 Heat Tool, 104332 Snail Adhesive, 104430 Dimensionals