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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pretty Pink Posh: Watercolour Blog Hop!

Paulina is hosting a blog hop on her site Pretty Pink Posh and it's all about watercolour! 



This is a huge hop and the only real requirement? There needs to be some kind of watercolour element on your project. The inspiration is amazing! So many gorgeous creations. But I'm going to link up anyway. ;) 
I recently bought a beautiful necklace from a local jewellery designer to give as a gift. It has a starfish, a sand dollar and a small Swarovski pearl as pendants, and I decided to decorate the gift bag to coordinate: 


I thought the "ink smooshing" technique would be perfect for adding a shoreline/ocean feel to the background. Using three different shades of blue distress ink, I tapped one at a time onto an acrylic block, misted with water, then smooshed it on my watercolour panel. Then for a little more, um, splotchiness, I sprinkled the damp paper with coarse salt. Then waited (and waited) for it to dry. Since I was going all artsy anyway, I got a couple of sprays out and flicked some blue (sparkly) and gold (matte) onto the white areas of the panel. That had to dry, too. Finally I was able to gold emboss my three images over the blue. I really like how they turned out! Here's a close-up of the embossed goodness and watercoloury background: 


If you've been playing with watercolours lately, too, you have the rest of the weekend to link up! I'm off to admire more of the entries. ;) 

Supplies: white gift bag, Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Fluid hot press watercolour paper, Unity/Iron Orchid Beach Cottage Collection stamps, Versamark & tumbled glass, salty ocean & mermaid lagoon distress inks, pirate's gold embossing powder, Sea Kiss Smooch Spritz, Timeless Art Anthology Colorations spray

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24 comments:

BunnyD said...

Beautiful effect with the gold on the blue. Great job with the smooshing!

Leslie Hanna said...

Well look at you! I love the idea of using the necklace as inspiration for the gift bag, and the smooshing came out great. The salt though? No patience for that here.

Monika Reeck said...

Gold and blue lovely combonation Lindsey
and I love the splatter you add on your card
my card is #196 near yours also I just see your card at Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop thats Why I am here
and look at this beautiful card
love this Lindsey

Monika Reeck said...

oopss it is a BAG
lovely BAG Lindsey I am sorry so fast not read it hehe
I jump again to other Bloghop participant...

jimlynn said...

So very pretty! I love the gold embossing and splatters.
Lynn

Brandi R said...

Beautiful gift bag! Such a special added touch to a gift. Love it ♥

Dotty Jo x said...

What a beautiful gift bag - looks lovely with the blue and gold together, Jo x

Diana K said...

What a super idea! Gorgeous watercoloured gift bag. Looks smashing with the gold embossing.

Karen King said...

Looks fantastic! Every element is terrific - the gold, the smooshing, the splatters!

francesca said...

pretty project!

Lynnette H said...

Pretty card

Fifi said...

very pretty colouring, love the hit of gold

Celeste Goff said...

What a beautiful gift bag! I love the gold embossing against the blue water colored background!

D.Ann C said...

Very lovely!

Darnell J Knauss said...

What a nice treat to see a beautifully watercolor smooshed party bag, which sounds like it perfectly matches the exquisite gift! Well done, Lindsey! This would make a stunning card design, too! No need to apologize for being behind in commenting - I'm in the same boat. We just keep getting further and further out to sea, huh?! Oh, hey, look at me, making a nautical cliche to match your pretty bag!! Hugs, Darnell

Jessi Fogan said...

ermagerd, Lindsey...this is just freaking stunning!! Perfect seaside inspiration! (I just tried the salt trick myself...must get coarse, because table salt isn't quite *it*)

Heather G said...

Beautiful. Love all the 'texture' you created. Great idea to gear it toward the gift also.

nancy braga said...

Love your card! I just got a new sea shell stamp set do Ill try to copy you.

Kelly Latevola said...

Such pretty packaging! Love the gold embossing :)

Kris Engler said...

Love anything ocean!! And the blue and gold is such a great combo.

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG OMG OMG!! I LOVE this!! Such a BEAUTIFUL Design and your Water Coloring is AWESOME!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

cards said...

This is so pretty; the loose splash of blue behind the gold images is perfect and such a classy touch to match the gift bag to the gift.
Heather T

Virginia Lu said...

Love the blue and gold combo!! What a lovely design! The added ribbons are lovely touches, too! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Deepti said...

Beautiful!