Mother’s Day Floral

Stampin up fifth avenue floral mothers day
I saw an amazing watercolor technique using this Fifth Avenue flower on Patty Bennett's blog.  However, Patty used Shimmery White card stock (101910) and I didn't have any.  I did my best to recreate the look using inspiration from Patty's technique and Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Paper as a replacement for the Shimmery White.  I'm happy with the cool, improvised results.

To start, I stamped the big rose from Fifth Avenue Floral in Versamark on Watercolor Paper.  I next heat embossed the image with Clear Embossing Powder.  Using an Aqua Painter, I did a full "wash" over the embossed rose using Summer Sun ink.  I did not mist the image as Patti does in her tutorial. Touches of Really Rust and Pumpkin Pie were added randomly with the Aqua Painter to create shading and depth.

After the image air dried, I snipped it out and adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals to a horizontal banner of Always Artichoke Textured card stock followed by Summer Sun and a Pumpkin Pie Eyelet Border.  TIP:  Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon provides a striking contrast against Always Artichoke.

The Very Vanilla card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", scored at the top.  It's topped with Very Vanilla that was given a pretty texture using Texturz Plates and a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine.  Summer Sun card stock is sandwiched between.

I stamped Very Vanilla with the rose stamp in Really Rust and Summer Sun before adding the mother's day sentiment in Always Artichoke.  I discovered this idea in this post by Carrie Fitch, one of my Stampin' Pretty Pals.  TIP:  A Ticket Corner Punch and Always Artichoke Brad provides an interesting detail to the corner before matting the sentiment on Summer Sun.

TIP:  I used a Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit) to precisely align the three brads.

Prev-6384-front My color inspiration was from today's Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge IC178 and this prom dress.  I also combined a Card Positioning Systems Sketch CPS113 and the Our Creative Corner Mother's Day Challenge.

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Stamp Set:  Fifth Avenue Floral (113734), All Holidays (114916)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), Summer Sun (103124), Pumpkin Pie Textured (108697), Always Artichoke Textured (108696), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink:  Versamark (102283), Summer Sun (100537), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Really Rust (102549), Always Artichoke (105219)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Texturz Plates Kit #4 (114531), Eyelet Border Punch(113692), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Aqua Painter (103954), Paper Piercer and Template (104310, Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch:  Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109030), Rich Regals Brads (106953), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Fifth avenue floral Texturz plates


  1. THis is gorgeous. Love the colours you chose.

  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at OCC this week!

  3. That is one beautiful card. You did some very impressive coloring and shading.

  4. Your Mother’s Day card is absolutley gorgeous!


  5. Oh wow, I love the colors you’ve used on your flower! Isn’t this technique just impressive? Very nice result on your end!

    Cindy 🙂

  6. I love the flower and the orange is fantastic! And the dress, so my style!

  7. The color combination is one I would never think to use this time of year. Thank you for constantly expanding my horizons.

  8. Beautifully done. Love the colors too. I saw Patty’s tutorial and appreciate the talent you two lovely ladies offer to us.

  9. Beautiful card. I had to try it. I was fortunate to have some shimmery white paper along with some other colors. I used the white embossing powder instead of clear and it was much easier to see on the white. Thanks for the idea.

  10. GORGEOUS! This card really “pops” and I love it!! Thanks for the directions and for sharing!

  11. Fabulously Gorgeous.. love what you did with them! I have MORE of them on my blog today too! 🙂 Patty

  12. Beautifully done Mary!

    Many Blessings,

  13. An unexpected color combination that is surprisingly lovely. You always deliver awesome inspiration, Mary!

  14. Beautiful card!

  15. Just gorgeous — such a nice variation of the watercolor technique!


  16. I saw Patty’s and loved it. I think your interpretation is excellant. Have you taken art classes? English major, my foot!

  17. Oh my heavens, you did such a fabulous job. I can’t stop looking at it. I’m going to grab another cup of coffee and come back to stare some more….

  18. Another beautiful card, Mary! I have decided that this stamp set, along with its matching textured impressions die, is going to be a “classic”…like “Lovely as a Tree.” Actually, I think it will be even more popular.

  19. colleen kramer

    Gorgeous! Oh I’m SOO ordering this stamps set! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this version you did. The color absolutely pops off the screen, so I know it must be stunning in real life. Thanks for sharing (and enabling)!

  20. Very pretty, Mary…. great substitution for the shimmery white paper! Now I’ve got two more things on my list… your watercolor paper version, and Patty’s shimmery white:) When I have a spare minute!

  21. Beautiful coloring Mary! Perfect creation for Mother’s Day!

    Have a wonderful day!

  22. What a beautiful job Mary!

  23. This is stunning, Mary! I’ll have to borrow my SIL’s set so I can try this. I went and watched the tutorial on Patty’s blog right away, thanks so much for sharing!

  24. WOW, I love how you’ve coloured the rose. Thanks for the links, I’m definitely going to give this technique a try. Leaving a lot of white space on the card really makes the rose stand out!! TFS

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