Sunday, January 21, 2018

Carnations for January

Hi.  Did you know that the carnation is the flower for January?

I didn't.  But I do now.

I bought the Flower of the Month Collection from Papertrey Ink a couple few years ago.

I decided that I needed to us it this year.

We did this card in my January class.  I discovered an easy way to add watercolor to the background.

After stamping and heat embossing the script stamp, we dipped a baby wipe
into the ink squeezed into the lid of the inkpad and gently rubbed it
in a circular motion over the embossing.  It leaves a nice soft color
that dries very quickly.  We did use mixed media paper.  
When I tried it with the Neena, it pilled.

The carnations were inked with markers and the color pulled into the 
center of the petals and leaves with a Blender Pen.
We mixed media on this piece too.

At CAS Watercolour we are doing birthday cards this month.
There are so many gorgeous birthday cards in the gallery.
Hope to see yours there too!
Challenge closes on the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), French Foliage (ret. SU), Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo (SU), Melon Mambo, Old Olive Markers (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media (ST), 
Other:  Anywhere Tags (LI), White EP (SU), Baby Wipes (Costco), Blender Pen, Ribbon (ret. SU)


Marcia HIll said...

Nope, I did not know that! But I do now!! I love carnations and yours are just beautiful Bonnie! Love the soft coloring in the background too! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Susanne Vargas said...

Didn't know that either, but now I do! ;) Very pretty card! Have to try out your newly discovered technique!

jimlynn said...

Great idea on the watercolor for the background. Love your pretty card and I had no idea that the carnation was January's flower. Love that die from LI you used too!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Pretty pink carnations, Bonnie, and I love the soft background using the baby wipe!!

Maxine D said...

A beautiful card Bonnie, love the die cut, and the soft and very subtle background. - and thanks for the tip.

Daffodil Cards said...

A Beautiful effect on the flowers and the delicate background, such a beautiful card.

nancy littrell said...

TFS your background tip using baby wipes, Bonnie. Your carnation is so beautifully colored. Carnation, who would have guessed..not me. Love your CAS design too. Hugs..

Heidi Stamps said...

What a pretty little carnation stamp! I love how it looks framed with that arch die cut! I had seen the Papertrey Birth Flowers set when I was surfing the net last year. I can’t wait to see you use the rest of the set! Glad you are using your birth flowers stamps this year too!

Loll said...

I'm going to have to try that background technique Bonnie. The results are so soft and delicate --- lovely. And your carnation is beautiful ... love it on the tag! :) xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the soft effect of the background. That ribbon is just perfect!

Susan said...

Learned lots from your post - didn't know the carnation was January's flower, didn't know the technique with the baby wipe, and didn't know mixed media paper pills less than cs! And I love your honesty that you bought that stamp a few years ago but hadn't yet used it - I have some supplies like that too. Anyway - love your card with the soft script background and the more vibrant flower - perfect for a January birthday!

Mac Mable said...

So pretty with a beautiful vibrant pink. Thank you for the tip about baby wipes as it sure does leave a beautiful and delicate colour x

Nancy Stislow said...

How beautifully you painted this, Bonnie. Love the soft pink on the card base behind the die cut over the white embossed script! Thanks for the tip on the baby wipe too. Sometimes it is hard to get that soft sponging and this sounds like a winner technique.

Christine Alexander said...

We learn something everyday, your carnation are beautiful. They are perfectly framed on the soft pink background, Love the subtle script in white, Bonnie, this is such a beautiful card :)