Serendipity April Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Serendipity April Blog HopWe are showing off some beautiful new dies & images! If you arrived here from  Jenny’s Blog  you are in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first.
The Prize – One $20 gift code will go to one random commenter from the blogs.  So be sure  to visit all the blogs because you don’t know which one the winner will be drawn from. You have through April 12  to leave comments. The winner will be announced on Mary’s blog on April 13. And we have a sale.. Buy 3, Get a 4th Free.   Good Fri through Sunday  4/10 – 4/12. And don’t forget about our half off stamp of the month Mason Jar.
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For my cards today, I made several water color wash backgrounds. I picked one of the brighter ones for this card. The frame was die cut first, edged w/ a black marker,  then the tulips & leaves were cut out of the leftover pieces.  A white background was cut to fit inside the frame using a pierced rectangle die then the flowers were arranged on top. The Bloom die was cut out of black 3 times and stacked together. I added just the flower centers cut out of a little pink area from the watercolor background. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and here’s a look at the inside.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Spring Flower Pops,  Happy Birthday (inside)
Paper:  Neenah white, black, water color
Ink:  Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Serendipity  Flower Pops, Bloom dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, pierced rectangle dies, black Permapaque marker, water colors & brushes, black Permapaque marker

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My second card uses one of the paler water color backgrounds. This time, I die cut a narrow black square frame to place all the flowers & leaves inside. Before I attached them, I used a black Tombow maker to ink just a few of the dots from the ink splatter image and stamped them in a diagonal from top left to bottom right.
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After attaching all the flowers, the Create word was die cut 3 times like before and stacked. I added some black crystals to the flower centers for a little sparkle. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and here’s a look at the inside.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Spring Flower Pops, Ink SpotsI Just Wanted to Say (inside)
Paper:  Neenah white, black, water color
Ink:  Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Serendipity  Flower PopsCreate dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, pierced rectangle, petite oval dies, black Tombow marker, water colors & brushes, black crystals

Now, you’ll need to hop on over to Karen’s Blog. I know she’ll have something wonderful to show you! Here’s the hop list, in case you get lost:

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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I’m also adding these cards to Virginia’s View Challenge #14

34 Responses to Serendipity April Blog Hop!

  1. Avatar Joan L Smith
    Joan L Smith says:

    OMG Both of your cards are Outstanding Water Color works of art. WOW!!
    They are absolutely gorgeous and what you did with your watercolors is totally amazing and love the inside of your cards are equally beautiful I am in total awe of what you did. YOU so ROCK!!

  2. Avatar Janet Cobb
    Janet Cobb says:

    These are so gorgeous! Now I know without a doubt that I have to give watercoloring a try! Stunning work!

  3. Avatar KT Fit Kitty
    KT Fit Kitty says:

    So, so pretty! Your watercolouring looks amazing! Both cards are fabulous! Thank you for a fun blog hop! Off to the next stop!

  4. wow..These are beautiful. Great water coloring.

  5. Avatar Kathy Krug
    Kathy Krug says:

    Great designs. Love the spring flowers and the water color backgrounds.

  6. Avatar Jean Bullock
    Jean Bullock says:

    Love the layers and the rainbow coloring. Well done.

  7. Gorgeous watercolor perfect for spring. I love that each one is original and unique one of a kind!

  8. Julie these watercolor cards look amazing! I love the way you grouped the blooms together as well. Always fun to stop by and see what you are going to come up with for the new stamps.
    Awww I see your sweet Franklin and Odie…They were gorgeous! Hope all the others will be fine.

  9. Avatar Christine Kiehl
    Christine Kiehl says:

    Oh my bold beautiful flowers this is a great card! I love the black! It made things POP!

  10. Avatar Donna Whitten
    Donna Whitten says:

    Love your awesome cards, and the insides are fantastic as well!

  11. Avatar Teresa Godines
    Teresa Godines says:

    Beautiful flowers. I really love the color choices. TFS

  12. Avatar Maria Alder
    Maria Alder says:

    Great cards, the first one is my favourite TFS

  13. Your water coloring is beautiful. Your cards are so bright and pretty.

  14. Wow! I love what you did with those tulips! They look like a painting! Beautiful!

  15. Great card and great stamps and dies. Beautifully you used colors, amazing color mixing.

  16. Avatar Kim Heggins
    Kim Heggins says:

    So beautiful…love your fabulous water coloring too, stunning cards!

  17. WOW !!! Your cards are gorgeous. I love the watercolor wash and the end results. So, so pretty. That you for sharing.

  18. Lovely showstopping watercolors! So dreamy inside and out!

  19. Both cards are so beautifully done. Great watercoloring, and the cluster of flowers…is so lovely and cheerful… Great design and wonderful layering.

  20. Avatar Amy Marshall
    Amy Marshall says:

    Stunning cards. Really love the watercolor background on the first card.

  21. Stunning cards! Love the watercoloring! The new flower images are beautiful!

  22. Avatar Vickie Z
    Vickie Z says:

    Gorgeous vibrant colors!!

  23. Avatar jan metcalf
    jan metcalf says:

    Pretty coloring!

  24. Beautiful work, Julie. I love the 3-D effect, and in the first card how the border coordinates with the flowers. My boyfriend saw the first card and fell in love with it too.

  25. Avatar Carla Hundley
    Carla Hundley says:

    These cards are
    beautiful! Great
    water coloring on
    Carla from Utah

  26. Avatar Renee Drew
    Renee Drew says:

    Wow! Julie, your water color flowers are outstanding! The insides of your cards continuing your colors really emphasize your talent!

  27. Avatar Michel Espey
    Michel Espey says:

    Love the watercolor backgrounds.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  28. Avatar Mary Holshouser
    Mary Holshouser says:

    I love the layering of the flowers. The coloring is wonderful.
    thanks for sharing some amazing card.

  29. Two beautiful cards Julie using these new stamps and both so prettily coloured. I love the word dies too which finish the cards so perfectly. x

  30. Avatar Amante del Papel
    Amante del Papel says:

    your cards are stunner, there are so beautiful!!!

  31. Gorgeous cards, love the way you used watercolour backgrounds, they make stunning flowers and frames, Cathy x

  32. Absolutely gorgeous cards.

  33. Avatar Gina Howe
    Gina Howe says:

    I love these gorgeous cards! The watercolors are so pretty and the black accents add drama. Love them!

  34. Love the use of watercolors.