Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hot Summer Sets From Flourishes!

What I love about summer is that peaceful easy feeling that it truly ushers in. Kicking back and watching sunsets, cook outs with friends and neighbors and just taking in the beauty around you!

Well, as Flourishes gets ready to reveal their newest hot summer sets, the Design Team is teasing you with a few sneak peeks!

Today we introduce you to......

If you don't have a watergarden, I bet you know someone who does! This set, drawn by the talented artist Marcella Hawley, truly captures the beauty and serenity of a water pond full of gorgeous waterlillies and Koi. And, when I first laid eyes on this set, I knew that I wanted to pull out my European Watercolor Paper and my brush... and get to painting!

I stamped the lilly pads one by one masking each new pad I added. Almost all of the inks I used were Adirondack (Lettuce and Meadow for the lily pads, Terra Cotta for the fish and Stream for the water. The lily was colored with Tea Rose Vivid) After I stamped, I went to town with my water brush, blending the existing ink and adding more color when I had to. I really made my "water" background wet so that I could pick up some of the color with a paper towel. I wanted a real splotchy look to make it appear more like peaceful waves of water. I stamped the flower, cut it out and then popped it up with foam tape. The rest, is just layering and matting! The edge punch is from Fiskars, the dark turquoise paper is Kaleidascope and the green mat is just from Hobby Lobby.

While we can't show you the set until it's Friday night release, you can hop on over to the "pads" of our talented designers and see what they crafted using this beautiful set!

Leslie Miller
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Stacy Morgan

Do you want to win this set? Leave a comment over on the Flourishes Newsletter under today's post and a winner will be announced first thing on Thursday!

And, mark your calendar for the Flourishes Power Hour! It's our fast paced summer release party over at the Flourishes Forum on Splitcoast! We know you all love to be outside and have more family committments - but we don't want you to miss out on the fun! So join us for an hour of reveals, games, chat and fun! The party starts at 9 PM Central on Friday, June 12th!

See you back here tomorrow to savor some of summer's best! This one will have you puckering up it's so yummy! :-)

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