I was definitely inspired by Jennifer McGuire's cards from this post, for the design of my card. I really liked the concentric circles and the multi levels around the main image.
The biggest help though was to take the stamp that covered the most area, and dip it in water and then stamp over the details with the wet stamp. Then I moved the water colors around a bit more. After letting it dry, I again stamped the details with full strength distress ink and barely touched those new inked bits with a damp brush. I am so glad I was finally able to make some peonies that look lush!
I completely skipped the second layer stamp--only because this was a water color. When stamping with dye or pigment inks, I would use all three layers. You'll probably see a lot more of these water color peonies from me, now that I have a handle on using them.
After coloring the peonies, I cut two circles at the same time from the water color piece. The small frame circle, I water colored with the same distress ink as the flowers, and mounted it flush to the card base. The center and outer water color paper were mounted with foam tape. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Friendship sayings. A few enamel dots and the vellum sentiment strip finished this card.
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