Amazing Azaleas

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The theme for the Ways to Use It Challenge (WT531) is May Flowers. I recently finished this watercolor azalea card and it fits right in. Most of our azaleas in the yard have finished blooming but we have some satsuki azaleas in back that are just starting to bloom. I won this set from a challenge & I really wanted to use it for this card.
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I was playing around with my recently arrived order of Brushos and for this background, I used them pretty much as you would normal watercolors. I wet the w/c paper, sprinkled on some pinks, reds, yellows & oranges then sort of blended out the heavy concentrations of color. After drying it with a heat gun, I stamped the azaleas w/ the Versafine then reverse painted them…meaning I used plain water, a paintbrush & a paper towel to lift some color from the flowers so they wouldn’t be as dark as the background. I also added some drops in the background using water. The oval was die cut out of the background, matted then replaced & the greeting stamped in the white space at the bottom. I saw that Power Poppy was having a May challenge to Cut It Out, so I stamped the azaleas again and cut them out. All of the white, non-colored azaleas were fussy cut. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and here’s a look at the inside. I left it blank so I could decide later what greeting to use.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Power Poppy – Azaleas
Paper: water color
Ink: Versafine onyx
Accessories: Brushos water color crystals, Spellbinders pierced rectangle & pierced oval dies, paint brushes

And since I fussy cut those Azaleas, I’m entering this is Power Poppy’s May Cut It Out Challenge!

10 Responses to Amazing Azaleas

  1. Avatar Cathymac
    Cathymac says:

    This is gorgeous, Julie! Love the colors of the Brushos and the contrast of colored and uncolored azaleas! Beautiful design! Hugs!

  2. What an absolutely stunning technique! I love how you reverse colored your watercolored azaleas, and the black/white azalea overlay really makes the colored ones pop!! Gorgeous! So glad you joined us for the Power Poppy Power and Spark challenge this month!!

  3. This is beautiful Julie. Love the Brusho background and how you reverse painted the azaleas. The white flowers are such a beautiful contrast. An amazing card!

  4. Oh, Julie, this is gorgeous, and I love the effect you’ve achieved with the Brushos – stunning burst of color!! And what a great layout with the cut-out azaleas. Totally gorgeous! Hugs!

  5. Another stunning card. Love all that orange. Beautiful coloured.

  6. How stinkin cool Julie!!! Very clever with the frame and beautiful colors… So very striking! Thanks for playing in the Cut it Out Challenge this month.

  7. Avatar Patricia Vilbaum
    Patricia Vilbaum says:

    I love that you did not watercolor the entire background piece. This really makes it so much more interesting and it is so beautiful. I have never tried Brushos but they sound like fun! And your gorgeous results are certainly inspiring.

  8. OM Gosh – this is stunning! Wow – I so love the colors and that you put white flowers in the front – brilliant idea and brilliant technique with the Brushos. Hugz!!!

  9. Wow! You’re amazing! What a beautiful and artistic card. It’s a delight to see it in our Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy this month!

  10. OH MY GOODNESS…how gorgeous and clever is this card and I love your colours and colouring – Just beautiful Julie