Sunday, July 9, 2017

Day 5...Catherine Scanlon Designs Week...and a Wonderful Giveaway!

Welcome back my crafty and creative friends!
Today is Day 5 of Catherine Scanlon Designs Week...and Giveaway
here at my blog!

(USA card makers: Don't forget to post a comment below so that you'll be "in" on the giveaway)

Today I'm sharing a short stack of cards created with the 
Catherine Scanlon Designs PEONIES stamp .
THIS stamp is one of those stamps that catapults me 
to my happiest of happy card making places!
I am a peony lover...and a hydrangea lover..
and THIS peony nothing less than magnificent!
(I LOVE that the image...and many of Catherine Scanlon's designs fill up an A2 card front)

I stamped all...but one of the images with Versamark Ink
and heat embossed the images with Sparkle n Sprinkle Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.
The heat embossed images were water colored with a traditional paint brush...
water and Altenew Crisp Ink pads.
The inked (not embossed) image was water colored with Distress Ink
(the original Distress inks...not the Oxides)
I used LCI Metallic Card stock for all of the matting
and a Penny Black SNIPPETS stamp set for the sentiments.

My sweetheart...Gary...loves my gold embossed water colored cards.
He is my biggest cheerleader....enabler...and valued critic.
He watched as I created the stack of Peony cards...
and asked how the water colored image would look without heat embossing.
So..I stamped one Peony image out...with black Staz-on ink
so that Gary could see the difference.

 This is quite a change for me
because I almost always heat emboss images that I am water coloring.
But it was a welcomed...temporary change
and reminded me of how nice a non-heat embossed image can look when water colored.
Distress ink aways gives great results when used for water coloring...
the colors always have depth...and react beautifully to water and each other.
End Result: Gary liked this version...and appreciated the opportunity to see the difference 
between the final look of a water colored image without gold heat embossing
a gold heat embossed and water colored image.

The next 4 cards were all heat embossed...
and water colored with Altenew ink pads.
For this card...
I chose ink that would blend nicely to create coral tones.

Here...I chose ink colors that kept the color palette pink....
leaning toward darker pink tones

The palette here is also pink...
but I gave attention to keeping it a bit lighter than the previous card

 for the 5th...and final card...
I added some purple to create peony blooms that were purple with pink undertones.

These 5 cards are a perfect example as to WHY I enjoy creating in multiples.
I LOVE the endless possibilities of creating color..shading..and blending
when water coloring.
So..for's always fun to have one image...
and explore the possibilities of various looks by making slight..or drastic changes to the color palette.

Also...for me..being that I am a VERY CAS card maker...
( My cards are typically very clean and simple.....not a lot of embellishing.etc..not a lot of extras)
Well..for me...there's lots of enjoyment in finding the ideal matting colors for these large images.
It's amazing how the mat color completely influences the final look of the card.
Finding the perfect mat color is often an AH-HA!! moment for me.
When I "see" it...
something tells me...THAT'S IT!
and..I just know that it's "right"

Okay now..there we have it...Day 5 of Catherine Scanlon Week 
here at the Bellissima Cards Blog!
Any day that is all about creating cards with Peonies is a great day for me!
I hope that you've enjoyed seeing today's cards
as much as I've enjoyed creating them!

Thanks for visiting!
And don't forget to comment below...
so that you'll be "in" on next weeks Catherine Scanlon Stamp giveaway!
**If you'd like to see all of Catherine Scanlon's stamps...
you can check them out...HERE ... at the Art Gone Wild  web site.

Have a great day!
See you tomorrow..when I share some cards with you...
on the 6th and Final Day of Catherine Scanlon Week


  1. Oh, Michelle! This may be the prettiest set of cards yet. So difficult to choose a favorite. Did I ever say that you can send one of these beauties to me? They should be framed! TFS!

  2. They're all gorgeous!! I think I like the embossed better. Just gives it such a soft, pretty look. I love the pinks but I'm diggin' the purple a lot too. Great job! :)

  3. I love ALL the cards you have posted! And love the way we can see the difference we can see with the different matting!!

  4. What beautiful cards, such a lovely image!

  5. You have really made these stamps come to life

  6. Gorgeous cards! You are very talented.

  7. Turtle,Therese Marquez,Michelle another set of gorgeous cards,Peonies remind me of my grandmother and she would have loved the purple pink one that is my favorite too! ๐Ÿข๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿข

  8. These are just gorgeous! Can't wait to try this myself!

  9. All of your cards are so beautiful. I love the water coloring.

  10. Wow... these are all spectacular! Great wrap up to your week! I loved seeing the image stamped in black and the gold embossed versions. I think both are beautiful. I tend to stamp in black ink a lot, and think the gold embossed cards are more elegant. I rarely emboss any more, but need to get out my powders and heat tool (where did I last see that thing?). Love your beautiful watercoloring and the lovely peony design! I'll be checking out Catherine Scanlon's designs via the link you provided! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with us!

  11. Love seeing all of your different creations using the same stamp. All are lovely! It's hard to pick a fave, but I love the darker pinks!

  12. Unbelievable. Beautiful Michelle!

  13. Beautiful set of 5 cards! I am really drawn to the third card with that darkest shade of pink (red?). Really exceptional!

  14. As a peony lover I think all five cards are wonderful. The third card and the last cards are my favorites as the darker colors really make the flower "pop". Your waterproofing is outstanding!!

  15. These are all so beautiful - I don't think I can choose a favorite color palette!

  16. Love the coral tones! More beautiful cards.....thanks for sharing!

  17. stunning cards and colours ..very beautiful stamps

  18. I have so enjoyed looking at your cards! Each is just lovely! What a wonderful stamp!

  19. This has been fun! love seeing all your florals!


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