Watercoloured Cyclamen Card (for Creative Expressions)

Cyclamen Card

It’s my first post for Creative Expressions since I joined their Design Team earlier in October. I’ll be posting a new project each week on a Wednesday. This month the projects will be featuring the Creative Expressions Winter Garden unmounted stamp set, with this card featuring the wonderful cyclamen stamp.

To download a step-by-step worksheet, click here: Cyclamen Card Worksheet [PDF]

You will need:
Creative Expressions Winter Flowers unmounted stamp set
Clear embossing ink (e.g. Ranger Clear Perfect Medium)
Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder: Arctic Pearl Lustre
Cosmic Shimmer Misting Ink Spray: Purple Violet (from Breeze Blush set)
Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Ink: Meadow Lime/Soft Moss (from Garden Twist set)
Foundations Card: Milk ( cut to 4”x4”) and Dark Roast Coffee (cut to 4¼”x4¼”)
Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue

Watercolour paper
6”x6” card
Heat tool
Brushes
Sea salt
Scissors
Foam pads
Double sided tape

How to make the card:

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Using the clear embossing ink, ink up your stamp and print it onto a good quality watercolour paper (smoothest side if you have a choice).

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Cover the printed image with the embossing powder, and then pour off the excess onto a clean sheet of paper, tapping gently.

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Pour the excess embossing powder back into the pot and replace the cap.

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Heat set the embossing powder using a heat tool – the powder will melt and form shiny raised lines. Make three images.

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Take the Purple Violet Misting Ink Spray and squirt a couple of times into a suitable container.

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Using a fine paintbrush, use the ink from the misting spray to fill in the flower petals. The embossing will resist the waterbased inks, so you can go over the lines.

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Next, using a waterbrush or a clean brush, flood the leaves with water until there are puddles held by the embossed lines.

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Working ‘wet-on-wet’ add Meadow Lime Drawing Ink to each leaf, allowing it to spread and feather into the puddle. Add more to get a deeper colour.

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Add the Soft Moss Drawing Ink in the same way to the tops of the leaves and let it feather into the lighter green ink.

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Sprinkle sea salt crystals over the wet inks and allow to dry naturally. The salt absorbs water drawing the pigments with it creating a mottled finish.

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When dry, brush off the salt and then fill in the flower stalks using the Soft Moss Drawing Ink.

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Add a little more Purple Violet Misting Ink to the base of each petal using a brush. Allow to dry.

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Cut out each of the coloured images, using the embossed line as your border.

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Emboss the ‘Cyclamen’ text three times on the top and bottom edges of the Milk card square.

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Cut out a piece of Dark Roast Coffee card to form a flowerpot shape and curve between finger and thumb.

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Stick foam pads to the centre line of the reverse and then mount onto the embossed card square.

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Using the dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue, stick down two of the flower clusters to the card either side of the flowerpot.

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Mount the final flower cluster in the centre using foam pads to raise it from the card and create depth.

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Finally mount onto the Dark Roast Coffee card square and attach to a 6×6″ card of your choice.

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