Thursday, February 25, 2016






Happy Thursday!   I am playing along with this month's 

The first thing I thought of when I saw the inspiration photo was that sure is a lot of greens!  I love green!  Green is actually my favorite color.
  Here is the inspiration photo.


I really love the different hues of greens in this photo.  I decided to work with that first.  I watercolored some shades of greens from distress inks onto watercolored paper.  I heat set it to make sure it was completely dry.  I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment from Tulip Time.  



 I tried the techniques Jennifer McGuire showcased HERE the other day doing watercolor lifting.  I really LOVE the look and effect.  To emphasize all of the circle elements in the photo,  I die cut this panel using Scene It: Basic Backer die and popped it up on some foam tape with some loose threading circling behind.  I really love the variations of greens and nuances of the watercolor lifting.  A great technique!



 Next, I die cut and stamped the Peonies on Parade flowers and leaves onto watercolored paper and white heat embossed.  I colored with some Ranger Distress inks.   I made sure to use some different tones on the leaves than I did on focal circle to play off of the different hues of greens in photo.I popped the flower up with some foam tape.  I tucked in the leaves.  I finished my card with a few clear sequins. 



As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty

41 comments:

  1. Wonderful card with fantastic watercoloring!

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  2. This is a real beauty Betty! I love your color lifted circle with the different shades of green...I used that technique for my MIM card and loved it! And of course your peony is just gorgeous too! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

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  3. Love the distressed feel of this card and watercoloring, Betty! :)

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  4. So much beautiful dimension in your watercoloring! Love the gorgeous bloom and shades of green you created!

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  5. This is lovely Betty! wonderful watercolor technique - I'll have to check that out!

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  6. So awesome! That flower is gorgeous! Just beautiful.

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  7. Betty, this is gorgeous! I'm impatiently waiting on that peony set to arrive in my mailbox! :-) Going to have to check out Jennifer's technique...love the look!

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  8. beautiful card, love the watercolored background and the bold pretty flower.

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  9. beautiful, love how you were inspired. Love all the green!

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  10. This is so fresh and beautiful. I love your watercoloured background!

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  11. Hi Betty,

    I have not popped in to your blog in a long time. I love your new Avatar photo : )

    Your card is delightful, as always! I love your water coloring!

    Have a great day.

    Patti

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  12. Love the depth of colors you achieved, Betty!

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  13. Love the softness of your watercolor. Very pretty!

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  14. WOW!!! your cards is absolutely amazing, betty!! love the gorgeous watercolored flower!!

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  15. Like everyone else said: Wow, this is a stunner! Beautiful watercolor and design Betty!

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  16. Oh so pretty, Betty! Great take on the inspiration photo, picking up all the different shades of green and the pick flower image is lovely set off to the side.

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  17. Betty, this is stunning! The watercolor circle is so vibrant and the flower is lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. This is gorgeous, Betty! I love how you used the new supplies!

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  19. Very pretty, love how the techniques worked so well.

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  20. Yay, spring! Your card really should be a poster for welcoming spring, Betty, and your multi-shaded greens are divine!! Enjoy the hop! Hugs, Darnell

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  21. Stunning, Betty. Love that technique you used on the flower.

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  22. This is gorgeous! I just got the Scene-it dies in my last order, and love the way you've used it here.

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  23. AMEN! lol Beautiful card, LOVE your pretty flower!

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  24. Oh I lOVE that green circle! I see it now in the inspiration and I totally missed it as first. What a beauty of a card.

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  25. Betty, your watercoloring is stunning! Nice vibrant shades of green and red.

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  26. Beautiful watercoloring Betty! I have been wanting to try the watercolor lifting technique and seeing your work is inspiring me to go do it!

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  27. Just beautiful!!! The watercolor is perfect.

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  28. Love this card! I watched Jennifer's video, too, but haven't tried the technique yet.

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  29. It's beautiful, Betty. Oh how I wish I could watercolour like you do. Green is also my favourite colour. One of the details that I love most on your card is the colour of your leaves. It's such a gorgeous variegated mossy colour, like the velvet ribbon in the inspiration photo. Love it all.

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  30. Perfectly executed, Betty! Your card is simply beautiful and a definite inspiration of the photo. Your watercoloring and lifting techniques are mastered. : )

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  31. So pretty!! I love the layers and the peony is beautiful!!!

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  32. No time to hop...just browsing for inspiration. LOVE this look on the peonies! Have some on their way to me and am even more excited to get them after seeing your lovely card!!!

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  33. Betty, What a beautiful take on the inspiration photo.
    I love the pretty green and gorgeous peony.

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  34. Love that beautiful flower against the bright green, Betty!!! Beautiful!!!!
    Have a great day!!!

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  35. Very pretty! lol ver the beautiful design!

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