And today we have lemonade from lemons. Do you remember the Blossoms in Bloom Watercolor post a couple of days ago? (You can see that post HERE) Well, My first attempt was all yellow. Here is what that looked like

Yellow watercolor flowers


I was not thrilled. The proverbial brick wall was hit. So I set it aside. There is almost always a way to resurrect a technique gone wrong if you set it aside and come back to it the next day. Fast forward, I grabbed the Floral Essence stamp set and decided to add some definition. This involved masking and heat embossing which made me jump for joy.

Remember that brick wall? Everything seems to look good on a brick wall and here is the card.

Circle focal point on brick embossed background

MEASUREMENTS (Supplies and Links are at the end)

  • Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock: 1-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ 
  • Early Espresso Cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″ plus scrap for frame and sentiment
  • Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper: leaf spray
  • Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper 

PIECES AND PARTS (use any die-cutting and embossing machine)


  1. Ink the large floral stamp with the Daffodil Delight ink pad.
  2. Paint watercolor paper with clear water.
  3. Stamp colored images.
  4. Use Water Painter to blurry the edges.
  5. Stamp flower centers 2x in Early Espresso ink. HINT: Rotate center 90° to get a fuller center.
  6. Stamp the Floral Essence flower in Memento Tuxedo Black and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  7. Die-cut panel using Layering Circle die.
  8. Use Scalloped Layering Circle die to cut a frame from Early Espresso cardstock.


  1. Gently wipe Early Espresso ink pad over the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder on the raised mortar side and run through the embossing machine.
  2. Add Early Espresso and So Saffron ink with a sponge wedge to the edges of the embossed panel. TIP: Always begin off the panel and drag the ink onto the cardstock panel to prevent splotches.


  • Stamp sentiment in Whisper White on Early Espresso cardstock and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Fussy cut sentiment.


  1. Layer as shown. 
  2. Use Dimensionals behind the watercolor paper circle.
  3. Pick out a gold leaf and use glue dots to attach to the back of the sentiment.
  4. Grab a Very Vanilla envelope and add some coordinating DSP to the envelope flap or a stamped image.

What is the moral of today’s post? Acknowledge when you’ve goofed. Ask yourself, “What went wrong?” and “How can I do better.” And most importantly, fix it or move on. (I have been reading way to many philosophy books and articles. Sorry!)

I am discovering the versatility of the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle. Buy this one and you will not be disappointed. Add it to your order today! 

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