Monday, August 3, 2015

Warm Wishes in Pastels

We have a new challenge at 

Deanne (Three Trees (paper) Creations) is our hostess this week.

isn't this fun.

This was a good excuse to pull out my NBUS  
Warm Wishes poinsettia stamp from Penny Black.

I stamped it with VersaMark on hot press watercolor paper 
and clear embossed it.

Then I used some Distress Markers and my Aqua Painter to color it up.

To do the wash on the background, I swiped the markers on 
an acrylic block, picked up the ink with the Aqua Painter and
dropped the color on wet paper. (Wet on wet.)

I die cut the word joy twice from a snippet of
Neena 110 lb. cardstock and once from
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
Stacking them up gave the word more dimension.

I cut the Glimmer frame with my paper cutter.

Now it's  your turn.

I hope you'll create a Christmas card using pastel colors
and join us at

I'd also like to enter this at



Thanks for visiting.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Warm Wishes (PB)
Ink:  Versa Mark, Distress Markers (Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. hot press), Solar White (Neena), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Clear EP, Aqua Painter, Stitched Square dies (Lil' Inker), Kars Snowflake EF (retired Cuttlebug), Holiday Words Script Die (TH)


*Vicki* said...

Absolutely stunning Bonnie!! Love the water color look of your poinsettia! This is such a softly colored beautiful design!! :)

JoAnn said...

Wow, this is stunning and gorgeous. Love that poinsettia. Thanks so much for joining us at Christma Card Challenges. Hugs, JoAnn

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous card, Bonnie - just love how the silver frame accents this amazing pastel work of art!!

stampwithsandy said...

Absolutely everything about this card is just gorgeous, Bonnie!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

How delicate and beautiful this is Bonnie my friend! It has a soft and dreamy quality! Great work! Have a great week! Hazel xx

Faith A said...

This is beautiful and stunning colouring

Kathi K said...

Just a beautiful interpretation of the challenge! Love, love the watercolor look - great card!

Deepti said...

Oh my goodness ! This is so very stunning :)

Loll said...

AMAZING!! Love this watercoloured pastel poinsettia. xx

Maxine D said...

Beautiful pastel card Bonnie - love the subtle tones in the wet on wet background.

MaryH said...

I've got this stamp, but I've never made it look this beautiful! The watercoloring is lovely, and I'm really liking the way you've done it in the frames & apertures. So very pretty. TFS & Hugs (and I finally got some of the hot press w/c but not had time to try it yet).

Brenda in IN said...

This is so beautiful. The softness of the flower and the shine of the frame are just perfect. It makes me feel "joy" when I see it. The embossing folder looks like snowflakes surrounding it.

Susan said...

Love the way the glitter paper picks up some of the colours in the gorgeous poinsettia! The framing is perfect for the image.

Sandy said...

Well I still have not invented any new words so I will say the same thing Bonnie - gorgeous! Beautifully done!!
sandy xx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Wow, Bonnie
Your card is amazing! I watch this flower through the cold morning air. When the image is slightly misty because of the night fog. All this gives a nostalgic look amazing ... I love it!

alexandra s.m. said...

HI Bonnie!
I have never seen PB"s Poinsetia done this way and it is absolutely GORGEOUS!
Thank You!!

Debbie Henderson said...

Love the technique you used Bonnie, the whole card is just fabulous!

Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Love this card design and your flower work ..
Thanks for sharing, Bonnie.

Karren said...

I only have one word for this card, Bonnie - STUNNING!

Pam A said...

Gorgeous! That stamp is calling my name.

Lori said...

Bonnie, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love how you colored up the poinsettia!

Anonymous said...

This is so beautifully coloured and the sparkles surrounding it look gorgeous too.

Marybeth said...

I love your take on the photo,soft and beautiful!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

A real stunner Bonnie!!

Deanne :)

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Simply breathtaking, Bonnie! I love how you colored the poinsettia!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Donna B. said...

Gorgeous card. I love the glittery frame and sentiment. Thanks for playing at CCC this week.

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful and elegant card Bonnie and your flower image is stunning.

Pat said...

This is very pretty and ethereal looking bonnie and the falling snow embossing in the background and that die cut glittery sentiment which matches the frame are beautiful accompaniments. x

Mac Mable said...

Beautiful shading, gorgeous colours and so very pretty. Loving the whole card, simply stunning x

Greta said...

I so want that stamp, but so far I'm just using my older one. Your card is stunning, Bonnie--beautifully colored!

Wendy said...

This card is gorgeous, Bonnie! Just love the colors of your poinsettia and the frame around it! Well done, my friend!! :)

Susan Joyce said...

Stunning Bonnie, love the water coloured poinsettia and the frame you created to show it off.