Creativity Unlocked: Spark Joy Festive Flowers!

by Emily

Hi friends! Emily Midgett here with you today with some vibrant, summery inspiration. The new Spark Joy: Festive Flowers Hot Foil Plate Set is such a stunning addition to this new monthly series. The hot foil plate is generously sized, and comes with layering stencils that can make it a breeze to add beautifully vibrant color to your hot foiled project! However, I decided to hot foil the image onto some watercolor paper using Altenew's Brushed Gold Hot Foil Roll and do some watercoloring to create super vibrant lilies with a touch of tropical heat in their color scheme. Let's get started with the details!

Spark Joy: Festive Flowers

I began by hot foiling the lily bouquet from Spark Joy: Festive Flowers onto some cold press watercolor paper using Altenew's Brushed Gold Hot Foil Roll. I then used the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers to add lots of vibrant color to the image. I love that you can hot foil on watercolor paper. It adds to the versatility of the hot foil plates!

When watercoloring with brush markers, I like to lay down my color on a glass mat or ceramic palette, then pick up the color with my damp Paintbrush and apply it to the paper. This allows me more control over where the color goes and the level of intensity. It also allows me to mix the colors more easily, creating a larger color palette. I cut out the finished watercolored piece using some sharp scissors.

ALT Spark Joy Festive Flowers Nesting Slim Labels Fancy Thanks 2

To create the background for my watercolored bouquet, I first blended a super vibrant panel of white cardstock using Firebrick, Orange Cream, Coral Bliss, and Razzleberry inks in a diagonal pattern across my card front. I then ran it through my die cut machine using the gorgeous new Luxurious Motifs 3D Embossing Folder to create beautiful texture on the colorful background. I did accidentally put the colorful side facing the wrong direction, but that just means that the pattern has been debossed rather than embossed. The texture is still gorgeous and super detailed! I splattered the finished background with some metallic watercolor from the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set.

ALT Spark Joy Festive Flowers Nesting Slim Labels Fancy Thanks 3

While my panel was drying, I die cut a Nesting Slim Labels from some heavyweight vellum. I also die-cut the Fancy Thanks Die to the Spicy Yogurt Cardstock twice then layering the two die cuts together to add a bit of extra height. The warm white Spicy Yogurt Cardstock helps to tie into the warm white edges of the watercolored piece. Once my blended background was dry, I trimmed it down slightly and nestled it in the corner of a full A2 panel of Spicy Yogurt Cardstock. I adhered the watercolored Festive Flowers piece to the blended, embossed piece with some Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I adhered the dimensional die cut greeting to the vellum die cut, orienting it to the left and trimming off the excess on the right, hiding the adhesive behind the solid die cut.

After I'd added the sentiment, I die cut a few little floral sprigs from the Itty Bitty Branches die set using some orange glitter cardstock. This addition helps to fill out the bouquet a bit more and orient the eye more toward the sentiment. I finally added a few shimmering gems for one last touch of sparkle!

Well, that's all for my project today! Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a marvelous day!

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Kathy April 29, 2023 - 5:05 PM

Emily, this is a scrumptious creation. The colors are so vibrant and delightful. 🩷🩷🩷

Altenew May 1, 2023 - 2:12 PM

Thank you Kathy!

Rebecca Gregory April 29, 2023 - 10:45 PM

This is so beautiful! I’m definitely going to try this!

Altenew May 1, 2023 - 2:14 PM

Awesome Rebecca! Don’t forget to use our hashtag when you post on your social media

Tara C Prince February 11, 2024 - 12:25 PM

so very pretty


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