Saturday, May 2, 2015

Dies and Punches, Watercolor Too

I am so excited to be the Guest Designer at
for the month of May.

Here's the challenge for this month.

who is the leader of this challenge, has posted a video 
to show how to get dimension from your die cuts.

Be sure to check it out.
What a difference the sponging and shaping make!

I used 2 dies and a punch for this card.
The die is by Penny Black
and the punch is Stampin' Up!

I cut the iris and sponged it, then used an Aqua Painter to spread the colors.

Using Loll's technique, I "curled" the petals
with a burnishing tool.

Adhering the iris with tiny pieces of dimensionals added even more depth to the card.

I love the dimension.  IRL it looks like the iris is growing out of the card!

I'd like to enter this at

Simon Monday Challenge Blog


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri (SU), Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi (both SU), Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry SU Marker
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Watercolor (90 lb. Carson), Whisper White (SU)
Other:  Iris Die (PB), Aqua Painter (SU), Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Dew Drops (stash)


Loll said...

Gorgeous card Bonnie. LOVE the depth and dimension you've gotten with your beautiful iris and butterfly. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at Happy Little Stampers this month!! It's so fun working with you! xx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is fabulous Bonnie! That Iris is so real looking! I found this card to be serene, there's just something very soothing about it! Thanks for the inspiration over at HLS. Hazel xx

Di said...

Wowzer Bonnie! What a stunning card and so realistic. I love the colouring and shaping.

You could enter this into this fortnight's Cuttlebug Mania Challenge as you did some stamping (a sentiment counts) as well as die cutting :)


Di xx

jimlynn said...

That iris really does look like it's growing on the card! SO much dimension and beauty!

Darnell said...

Congratulations on the Guest Design spot, Bonnie! You did a sensational job employing Lolly's secret for adding dimension! Your flower looks so real!! Mwah to this card! Hugs, Darnell

Marcia Hill said...

Oh Iris is just stunning Bonnie! I love how CAS this card is but yet still packs such a powerful punch! Your Iris really does look alive! :0)

Kylie said...

Just gorgeous, Bonnie! That iris is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us as a Guest Designer at HLS this month xx

Brenda said...

Congrats on your GDT gig Bonnie!! I love, love this beautiful card! It looks like I could pluck this flower right off the card! Stunning for sure. Hugs, Brenda

Mrs A. said...

I like the placement of the gems and love the colours. hugs Mrs A.

Barb Ghig said...

Congrats on your well deserved Guest DT spot, Bonnie! Your card is absolutely stunning...Such a lovely Iris, and I love how you colored your butterfly! I can really see the added dimension with your shaping and sponging, and it works so well with your beautiful CAS design!

Bo┼╝enA said...

This card draws attention! It is extremely beautiful. Irises are so realistic! Great use of dies and color. Thank you for the inspiration.

Doris said...

Klass-y card, as usual! You did a great job making that iris "pop" and the color you chose is perfect. We have some irises that color, and they bloom right around our anniversary every year.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Stunning card Bonnie, love the bling and dimension.

JoAnn said...

Very pretty. Love the Iris.

Irene said...

Absolutely stunning and so elegant, Bonnie.


Susan said...

Wonderful sense of dimension, Bonnie. I love irises and yours reminds me of the Siberian irises that are about to bloom in my garden. Lovely layout with the stitched rectangle, the butterfly, and the sentiment complementing the iris, but letting it take centre stage.

Susan said...

Further to my comment above - I meant to also say congratulations on being Guest Designer at HLS. A perfect card for their challenge!

Sandy said...

Beautifully made - I wish I could think of something original to say but BEAUTIFUL is so appropriate!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful work!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

Anna-Karin said...

Such a beautiful card! The flowers are so delicate. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Pam said...

Beautiful card. Love that iris. The dimension makes it look so real.

Marybeth said...

Simply stunning!!!!!!!

Caryn said...

This is just beautiful Bonnie xxx
Thanks for joining in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.
Caryn xxx

Bobby said...

Congrats on being guest designer. Your iris is so gorgeous and yes, the inking and shaping makes such a difference.

MaryH said...

Congrats on your HLS GD spot. No big surprise they selected Miss You. I love the w/coloring on this lovely iris die, so soft & dreamy. Another beautiful card. TFS & Hugs

Greta said...

Love how you used the PB die--gorgeous card, Bonnie!

Karen Dunbrook said...

gorgeous card Bonnie...congrats for being the totally rocked it!

Deepti said...

Wow what a beauty!

LesLee said...

Gorgeous... Love this CAS but ver striking card

Ingrid said...

What great watercoloring - so light and those colors are wonderful! :)