Friday, February 6, 2015

Waterstained Orchids

Hello Friends!  I’m back with a Power Poppy Friday for you and today we’re ushering in something NEW!  We’re starting a monthly challenge on the first Friday of every month.  Each month a new Bloom Brigader will set the theme.  We’re calling it the Power & Spark Challenge! It’s all about sharing design power, and inspiring a creative spark in you :)  You can get all the info on the Power Poppy Blog today.  

This month’s challenge is called “ The Sky is the Limit”, and it’s all about making a card inspired in some way by the sky! 


Here’s a picture I took on a morning our older son had a volleyball tournament that began quite early that day.  The pinks and oranges of the sunrise and the grass below is what inspired my card. 



I pulled out two new and lovely sets from last week’s release - Orchids Rock and Big Scripts.  

I embossed the beautiful orchids several times on watercolour paper giving the feeling of being surrounded by flowers.  Then I took some reinkers and a waterbrush and watercoloured the flowers in pink, allowing the colour to really stain the paper in some spots.  Then I also added in some coral using a marker to deepen it and go with the sky colours.  And finally washed in some green and coral to the background.  The sentiment from Big Scripts is stamped in Pixie Pink ink, and washed in with some coral ink.  

To finish the design I added some clear shimmery sequins and rhinestones to accent keeping it quite clean and simple.  




Here’s the gang ready to show off some beauties to you....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber

Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan



15 comments:

Emily Lauritzen said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning! I love the watercolor and how you took inspiration from a sunrise!
<3 Emily L.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow stunning card and flowers Christine
Gr Karin

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christine, what a stunning sunset!! And I love how you've used the beautiful colors in your card with the orchids...one of my favorite flowers! Stunning coloring and great layout with the orchids and sequins/gems! Love it!! Hugs!

Julie Koerber said...

Oh my goodness ---- first of all --- that photo is STUNNING! All those fabulous shades???? And, then, you have this amazing water colored orchid. I am not sure which one took my breath away more! You a master Christine!

Karen W said...

Oh so pretty and I have the old twinkling H2O's that I haven't used in ages. Guess I will play when my newest stamps arrive.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my the flowers look beautiful embossed, such pretty stamping!! That is one beautiful sunrise too!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

So pretty CHristine! The white embossing really makes the blooms stand out with your coloring. That is a great photo too. We have dark dreary skies as of late. :-(

Marisa said...

Beautifully coloured over the embossed image!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

What a gorgeous sunrise Christine! I don't see those too often, but when I do, I consider it a real treat. There's a storm coming tomorrow and Ed told me this morning's sunrise was especially beautiful. Sometimes I hate being a night owl. Anyway...back to your stunning creation!! LOVE your hot pink orchids!! They're gorgeous, as is the way you highlighted them with your watercolored background! What a beauty!!

Maria A. said...

WOW Christine, this sunrise is stunning and the way you took this gorgeous colors to create your card is amazing. It's been cloudy up here but yesterday and possibly today, the skies will be clear so I will try to catch a good photo of the sun coming out.
Thank you for sharing.

Leslie Miller said...

Spectacularly gorgeous card in a sweet pink kinda way! Just love all the watercoloring with the white embossing. Now, that sunrise photo is just spectacular, period. What a sight to see!

Becky said...

wow! Just stunning colors and coloring.

cards said...

Your colour choices are gorgeous and the blend in each petal is so very pretty. I really want to try this technique again now.
Heather T

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

wow, this is so beautiful, I love it.

Traci M said...

This is such a beautiful card, I love the mixture of the orchids with that large font!