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Sarahfleming1 Hello! My name is Sarah Fleming, and I'm a paper addict living in central Texas. I'm an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and love to teach others how to make lovely paper projects. I always have ink-stained fingers (I'm okay with that). I also knit. If you're in the USA, I'd love to be your demonstrator!

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Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Watercolor


Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop! We are a small group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world who love to share our creativity with others. You’re currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA.

This month our theme is Watercolor. This made me happy, because it is one of my favorite techniques!

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden with Petal Garden Memories & More, heat embossing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My first card uses the Petal Garden Suite. I stamped and heat embossed the lovely lattice stamp from Graceful Garden twice on the Very Vanilla card base. Then I grabbed two cards from the Petal Garden Memories & More pack and glued those down. I stamped “I adore you” in Old Olive on one of the M&M cards.

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden with Petal Garden Memories & More, heat embossing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I embossed the big rose from Graceful Garden in gold on Very Vanilla. I watercolored the flower with Calypso Coral ink. This looks so fancy, as if I used some advanced technique, but it is so easy. I grabbed some Calypso Coral ink with my Aqua Painter and started coloring in the center of the rose, then worked my way out. That’s really all it took.

I used Old Olive (watered way down) to color the leaves and stem. Then I popped the rose up on Dimensionals. This card was SO easy and fast!

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Wood Words, and Foil Frenzy paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My second card uses the Foil Frenzy Suite, including the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and the Foil Frenzy paper. I first did a wash of Tangerine Tango on the watercolor paper. When that was dry, I stamped the floral bouquet from Wood Words in Tangerine Tango. I stamped it twice without reinking the stamp (you can see that the stamped flowers are lighter in the upper right part of the card). I added the watercolor paper to a Soft Sky card base.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous with Foil Frenzy paper and Wood Words - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I added a strip of Foil Frenzy paper, a flagged banner for the sentiment (stamped in Early Espresso), and a Soft Sky stitched circle. I stamped three of the two-step roses in Peekaboo Peach (lighter, solid parts) and Tangerine Tango (the outlines), then fussy cut them. I also added two leaves behind one of the roses.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today! Make sure you follow the hop all the way back to me so you can get a ton of watercolor inspiration.

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Comment from Jessie Holton
Time July 27, 2017 at 5:05 am

Gah! These are both beautiful! I can’t decide on a favourite! xx

Comment from Sandra Mastello
Time July 27, 2017 at 6:12 am

Gorgeous! I really love that watercolor rose!

Comment from Steph
Time July 27, 2017 at 6:44 am

Gorgeous! I love your colouring!

Comment from Joanne
Time July 27, 2017 at 8:12 am

Great cards! I love the Foil Frenzy one!!!

Comment from Jenny Hall
Time July 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Too difficult to pick a favorite. Beautiful cards, Sarah!

Comment from Angela Meiritz-Reid
Time July 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Great cards Sarah and yay I can see and comment on your blog now! Angela xx

Comment from Rosalie Desmond
Time July 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Wow! Totally amazing!