Nothing says spring is here like the blossoming peony. Peonies are highly regarded for both their beauty and their medicinal qualities.  I have created my ode to springtime with the Prized Peony Bundle from Stampin’ Up! and created a Mother’s Day card for my wonderful Mom.


MYTH

In Greek mythology the peony name is derived from Paeon. Paeon was the physician to the gods. He extracted the milky liquid from the root of the peony and cured Pluto. This angered his teacher, Asclepius, who was the god of medicine and healing. So, Asclepius threatened to kill Paeon for upstaging him. Zeus saved Paeon by turning him into the beautiful peony flower. Which is how we get the horticulture name Paeonia.


The Prized Peony Bundle is soon to be retired. Do not delay your purchase any longer.

I took some inspiration from Mikaela Tetheridge, a very talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Here is my card using the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Prized Peony bundle. The DSP is discounted now and is available ‘while supplies last’.

white embossed peony on vellum colored with alcohol markers

MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • PAPER
    • Basic Black cardstock (Card Base): 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
    • Basic White cardstock: 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Vellum: 5-1/4″ x 4
    • Basic Black cardstock: scrap for sentiment
  • STAMP SETS
    • Good Morning Magnolia (RETIRING Annual Catalog 2020-2021)
    • Pansy Patch (NEW Annual Catalog 2021-2022)
  • INKS & MARKERS
    • Stampin’ Blends: Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight
    • Basic Gray ink pad
    • White Craft ink pad
  • OTHER SUPPLIES
    • Champagne Shimmer Paint (RETIRING on May 3, 2021 NOW 40% off)
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • white embossing powder
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Seal
    • Black Dimensionals
  • TOOLS
    • straw (to direct ink flow) – coffee stirring straws work great
    • Clear Acrylic Block or Stamparatus
    • Heat Tool
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Snips

THE TECHNIQUE

The basics of painting with Stampin’ Blends are

  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

  • Paper
    • Petal Pink cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
    • Crumb Cake cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″
    • Peony Garden DSP (retiring): 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
    • Soft Sea Foam cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″
    • Vellum: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Stamp Set
    • Prized Peony (retiring)
    • Strong & Beautiful (retiring)
  • Dies & Punches
    • Peony dies (retiring)
  • Inks & Markers
    • White craft ink
    • Soft Sea Foam reinker
    • Stampin’ Blends: Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow
  • Other Supplies
    • Subtle 3D embossing folder
    • white embossing powder
    • Elegant Faceted Gems
    • Linen Thread
  • Tools
    • heat tool
    • Water Painters
    • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
    • Stamparatus
    • clear acrylic block
  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Let’s get all our pieces and parts ready for assembly. Place about 3 or 4 drops of Soft Sea Foam reinker on the acrylic block. Apply a water wash on the Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Add water to the reinker and randomly paint the cardstock. Dry with heat tool. Die-cut 2 leaf clusters using the Forever Flourishing dies.

watercolor wash on cardstock to create foliage

Stamp large peony cluster stamp on Vellum using white craft ink. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. Die-cut peony cluster using Peony dies. Use the Forever Flourishing dies to die-cut 2 foliage clusters.

Color backside of the vellum peony. TIP: Color using dots instead of lines. Add layers of color. Let dry then add more color using the dots coloring method. I also used Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend to tint the stem.

Stampin' Blends used to color backside of vellum peony

Stamp the background panel randomly with the texture stamp from the Prized Peony stamp set. Arrange the Soft Sea Foam foliage behind the peony. Cut the foliage clusters apart as shown. Attach the foliage to the back of the peony with Multipurpose Liquid glue. Then place Mini Dimensionals behind the peony and adhere to the card panel.

cut foliage apart
cut apart the foliage to arrange behind the peony

Trim and tuck the vellum foliage where it pleases you. TIP: I cut foliage, add Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the stem, and tuck behind the flower using tweezers.

Stamp the sentiment from the Strong & Beautiful stamp set in white craft ink. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. Trim, add Dimensionals, and place it on the card panel.

Tie a bow with Linen Thread and add using a glue dot. Place some Elegant Faceted Gems as shown.

close up of layering

Emboss the Crumb Cake cardstock panel with the Subtle 3D embossing folder and layer with the peony card pane. Add to the card base and admire your work.

Add a personal message to the inside and stamp or use Designer Series Paper to customize the envelope for a truly special card.

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