Guest Designer Holly Mays and Watercolor Plants

Wednesday, February 02, 2011



WatercolorPlants_Collage

I had SO much fun creating this card! My goal was to create a collage. I started out using stamps from Fanciful Vintage and Vintage Backgrounds. I inked up the stamps and then stamped off some of the ink on scratch paper. I did this so that when I stamped on my card the image would be lighter~ creating depth and dimension. I stamped one of the images with VersaMagic Oasis Green to add some color! {smiles}

The Watercolor Plants, Running Stitches, and greeting were all stamped with the first generation of ink. I layered the "I Love You" onto black cardstock to make it pop out a little more. The last thing I did was add buttons. The card needed a little something~ and the buttons did the trick!  I LOVE creating collage cards!

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Running Stitches, Trendy Greetings, Fanciful Vintage, Vintage Backgrounds, Pemberley Bay Matchbook Kit, VersaMagic Oasis Green, Noir Black Palette Ink Pad

WatercolorPlants_AmbGrace

I started this card by placing a strip of Amberley Grace cardstock on the side~ then I added matching ribbon. I punched a circle out of kraft cardstock using a 2 1/2" punch and I punched a 3" scalloped circle from Amberley Grace. The VersaMark gave the Watercolor Plants a soft look. I stamped "many thanks" with Burnt Umber. The bow and the buttons gave the card the "POP" that it needed. ;)

I like this card because Amberley Grace does all the work! The biggest challenge for me on this card was tying the BOW! I am not the best at tying bows! ha!

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Tag Tidbits, Amberley Grace Cardstock and Ribbon, Burnt Umber Palette Ink Pad, VersaMark Pad

WatercolorPlants_Smile

This card was FUN for me because I usually work with darker colors! I'm trying to expand my comfort zone! I started with my Speckle stamp~ using Belle Rose and Orangerine~ to create my background. I used the same two colors of ink to stamp the Watercolor Plants. I stamped the Watercolor Plants with the first and second generation of ink to create some depth. I layered my image onto orange cardstock and used pop dots to attach it to the card. Finally, I added a saying.

I LOVE my Speckle stamp, but I wanted some "bigger" speckles...so I went back and added a few random larger speckles with my orange marker.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Speckle, Tag Tidbits, Belle Rose Palette Ink Pad, Orangerine Palette Ink Pad, Pop Dots

WatercolorPlants_Page

An old book I found inspired me to do this card! The pages were falling out and I almost threw the book in the trash.  What was I thinking?! {smiles} I took a page from the book and started stamping Watercolor Plants~ stamping several different generations of ink to create depth. I used Edge Designs on two sides.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, With Sympathy, Edge Designs, Noir Black Palette Ink Pad

WatercolorPlants_Thankful

This was a simple and fast card to make...just a few layers and black ink!

WatercolorPlants_scor-bug

I used my Scor-Bug Embosser on the left side of the card and added a photo turn and brad.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Happily Grateful, Noir Black Palette Ink Pad, Scor-Pal, Scor-Bug Embosser

WatercolorPlants_hello

Aquacolors are SO fun to play with! I used 3 colors~orange, yellow, green. I sprayed my stamp with water and colored directly on the stamp with aquacolors. I stamped my image on white cardstock. Pop dots were used to give the main image some height.

I purchased some doilies at a local dollar store and I was determined to use one on this card! I stamped the doily using my Script stamp and Orangerine ink pad.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Script, Trendy Greetings, Aquacolors, Orangerine Palette Ink Pad, Noir Black Ink Pad, Pop Dots

***There are links above so that you can purchase the product I have used, but PLEASE purchase from your ANGEL demonstrator if you have one! I hope you have enjoyed my cards, but most of all, I hope you are inspired to stamp and create! I have thoroughly enjoyed being a Guest Designer! Thank you!

Click here to visit my blog: Holly Mays




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18 comments

  1. oh my gosh, I just LOVE all your cards! They are all beautiful, Holly.

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  2. Your cards are amazing Holly. So many great layouts!

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  3. What a fun and varied selection - all with one stamp! :) Great job Holly - wonderful ideas here!!

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  4. They are all unique and stunning! FABULOUS!

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  5. Holly, these are just beautiful!!!

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  6. they all are so different .... how amazing is that .... I can tell that a few of them are really not your usual style .... but you did it girl by coming out of your box. amazing!!!

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  7. Paula-Kay BourlandFebruary 3, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    Holly your cards are so nice, and so different. I'd say you are FABULOUS! I can't decide if I like the first one (collage) best or the last one - like the colors on it a lot. They are all lovely, and I think you chose a nice stamp set - so versatile. Great job!

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  8. Wow! These are all so beautiful, and each one is so different from the others! I do not have this set, but I think I must get it now!! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration!!

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  9. amazing! I have had this set for a long time - but never used it. I now have inspiration!!!!!!
    These are just incredible - and such a variety of cards/techniques!

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  10. I really love what you created with this set. The cards really show how versatile this set is. Love the collage the best! I wish I could stamp like that.

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  11. Thank U, Thank U, Thank U for the sweet comments! I really enjoyed playing with Watercolor Plants!
    Maria~ U can create a collage card! I was thinking about posting on my blog...a collage card...showing step-by-step pictures/directions. What do you think?

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  12. They are all so lovely! The book page one is awesome!

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  13. Christine PenningtonFebruary 3, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Holly Rocks the house! Great job on all of them--can't decided which one I like the most. I love this set, always have.

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  14. Fabulously beautiful cards, Holly. Love them all!!!!!!

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  15. Love your cards! That set's on my order form already. Absolutely love it stamped in black.

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  16. Wow Wow Wow!!! These are all such lovely cards Holly... So many wonderful varations!!

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