Wednesday, June 19, 2013


 I thought I was done making graduation cards this year, and then my family got invited to another graduation party.  Luckily, I really do like making cards, so it isn't a bad thing. : )
I decided to try out a fun technique on this one: coloring vellum flowers.  The flowers are stamped on vellum with versamark and heat embossed with white powder.  Then you color in the flowers with inks (and a q-tip) and add details with a pen.  I used a glitter pen after I was all finished to add a little sparkle to the veining in the flowers and then decided to add some glitter to the centers because they just needed something.  The card is really so much more vibrant in real life.  I had to pull out my oooollllldddd camera since my other one is in desperate need of a battery charge.  Won't even turn off at this point!

Just Add Ink #169--inspiration photo (I pulled out the blues and pinks)

Brown Sugar #46--graduation
Sweet Stop Sketches #215--sketch with a twist: it's a girl thing

Make It Monday #121--colored vellum flowers (there's a tutorial video on how do to this)
Eureka Stamps #44--anything goes
Timeless Tuesdays #225--scallops
Inkspirational Challenges #25--CASE (I chose to go with the mostly white background and the pink and blue colors)

Stamps: Verve "Joyful Blooms" Flowers and sentiment; Clear Dollar Stamps graduation cap
Dies: Papertrey Ink border die; spellbinders oval and scalloped ovals, large


Carolanne said...

Your flower looks so pretty. Love your coloring and the glitter added to the center!

Mynnette said...

This is darling, Heather! LOVE the gorgeous flowers! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational! :)

artful-notions said...

The flowers, the banner, the gorgeous border, everything works together so beautifully. Great grad card!

Karen said...

Beautiful card, thanks for sharing it with us in the brown sugar challenge. Karen

Cheryl said...

This is so pretty! I love all the shades of pink, and your embossed and colored flowers turned out great. Thanks for joining us at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week!

Ann Tuck said...

What a great grad card for a young lady - the recipient is bound to love and treasure this card, Heather. I love your vellum flowers - they make a unique background to a very pretty card. BTW, I have just used this technique with butterflies, colouring on the back with Copics - it gave me a lot of freedom, as I didn't have to avoid the embossed area. Thanks for joining us at the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge this week. hugs x

M said...

Yes, the vellum flowers are so pretty and soft. Unusual colours for a graduation card - they really work beautifully. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next week! Marina

Anonymous said...

Those flowers are beautiful! Wonderful job with that technique and with combining all of the challenges! So glad to have you at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a pretty card! Love the grad cap and the beautiful white embossed flowers. The soft coloring is just perfect. Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop.

Ruth M said...

Very pretty graduation card Heather! Love the sparkle added to the those beautiful embossed flowers! Thanks so much for joining us at Inkspirational, please come back soon! Ruth x

Lisbeth K said...

Beautiful flowers!! Love the added sparkle and the embossing :) Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational :)

Allison Cope Israels said...

Gorgeous card Heather! Love your scalloped frame. Love the colouring of your flowers - so soft and subtle! Thanks for playing along with our scallops challenge for Flourishes' "Timeless Tuesday Challenge" this week!

Ellen said...

How pretty! I love the colors you used. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational this week!