Exquisite envelope

A few weeks back I stamped leaves and flowers over some loosely painted squares. Ever since I made the card I have wanted to try again with black paper and shimmer paint. The previous card featured ‘banner blooms‘ a clear outline set from Penny Black. Today’s card features a similar set called ‘exquisite envelope’. I’m sure I will use the sets together at some point.

To create today’s card I worked on a panel of cold pressed black watercolour paper with Coliro pearlescent paints from both the ‘ocean’ and ‘earth’ sets. I did not use a stencil to help me paint the shapes this time I freestyled them and tried to keep the edges basically in line with each other. After painting seven shimmery shapes I chose stamps that would fit the shapes. I know it would have made sense to create the shapes to fit the stamps but did I think of that? Ah no. It worked out though with some post-it note masking if a stamp was too big for the shape.

I embossed a sentiment from ‘million thanks’ on neenah black cardstock and popped it up over the painted shapes. I wanted a gold frame around the panel but could not find the exact gold in my stash so instead I painted the same gold paint from the Coliro earth set around the edges of the black card front. Painting your own mats and borders with matching ink or paint is a great way to get a perfect match.

It is a bit tricky to show off the pearlescent paint to advantage in photos but it really does shimmer and shine in real life. If you are interested in creating some shimmery dramatic panels and cards consider joining one of my classes here in Ottawa during March


6 Comments on “Exquisite envelope”

  1. Pat says:

    How fabulous Heather, I adore the look of the metallics on the black card, and framed so prettily with the gold border too. A gorgeous card! As an aside, I was talking to a lady I have recently started sitting next to in the choir I belong to, and I found out that she lived in Canada for a number of years and still owns a cottage in Ottawa which she visits in the summer. Her husband was Canadian and she has a son in Toronto… it is such a small world! x

    • Heather says:

      Hi Pat, it is a small world isn’t it? I was very interested to read about your friend in the choir. There are plenty of lovely cottage areas not far from Ottawa and people do come from near and far!

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  3. Heidi says:

    ooo! So pretty!

  4. Lagene says:

    WOW! This is so pretty! Love the shimmer!

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    I love the shimmery painted panel Heather and I especially like the way you have painted the gold border. Very effective.

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