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Hello, Honey Bee Stamps friends!  I am beyond thrilled to be a guest on the blog today with a holiday card I made using two of my favorite Honey Bee Stamps holiday stamp sets: Winter Anemone and Rejoice.  These two sets are so gorgeous and make such elegant holiday cards!

One of my favorite techniques is painting directly onto dark cardstock using gouache.  For those not familiar with this medium, gouache is an opaque watercolor paint.  In contrast to the transparency of traditional watercolors, gouache dries to an opaque, matte finish, which allows you to paint in layers from dark to light.  I used this technique to create my card.

Although I usually veer towards reds and pinks for holiday cards, I wanted to try creating a card using a palette of frosty grays and blues.  To start, I stamped the large flower cluster from the Winter Anemone stamp set onto midnight blue cardstock using black ink, inking up and re-stamping my stamp several times to make sure the image was dark enough for me to see.  I then painted it in with gouache, starting with a gray base.  To start, I painted the petals in with gray ink and outlined them with a light aqua ink.  I then started a very non-scientific process of flicking on different shades of gray ink in layers on the petals until I achieved a look I was happy with.  I played around with different colors and different thicknesses… there is really no right or wrong way to do this!  I then fussy cut the cluster and put foam tape on the back.

I stamped my sentiment and an additional two flowers on my base panel and painted them in the same way.  After adding some hand stitching around the edge, I mounted the large cluster on the side of the base and flicked on white gouache to mimic a snowy background.  To finish the card, I hand beaded some iridescent flower sequins for a little sparkle.  I mounted the panel on a gray base and this card was finished!

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I loved making it.  If you have any questions about this technique, please leave me a question below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.  Thanks for spending time with me and have a fantastic day!

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5 responses to “December Guest Designer: Leigh Houston”

  1. Teresa Doyle says:

    Oh my goodness Leigh, these Winter Anemones are painted beautifully and are gorgeous against the dark background. I love the ‘hand stitching’ around the perimeter as it really adds a finishing touch. Very well done!

  2. Wow, this is truly stunning!

  3. This card is amazing !

  4. Amy says:

    WOW!!! Gorgeous!!!!