My mother loves receiving handmade cards. She has a scrapbook album full of handmade cards that she has received from people over the years. Needless to say, I felt compelled to create a fun watercolored card for Mother’s Day!

I really loved the images in Calming Cosmos stamp set in the Alex Syberia Collection at Maker Forte. These are perfect images to heat emboss and then watercolor.

I started by heat embossing the largest cosmos image in white and then I watercolored it using my Distress Oxide inks. I used Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Fossilized Amber, Forest Moss, and Crushed Olive.

I added some details with a dark red and dark green colored pencil to create some shading and deep colors along the edges and centers of the petals and leaves.

I created a mask with masking paper and covered the cosmos so that I could stencil the blue using the Whimsical Strips stencil and Altenew Galactic Stream ink.

I added some water spritzing to give it a distressed look, then added black splatter and white splatter. The sentiment is heat embossed in white and comes from the Celebrate All Mother’s stamp set from the Hedgehog Hollow Collection at Maker Forte.

I also decided to try a quicker way to add a watercolored look without getting fussy about it! I used the Easy Watercolor stamp set from the Hedgehog Hollow Collection at Maker Forte.

This was the first time that I have used this stamp set, so you do want to make sure you condition the stamp set before using it. The Prime Time Stamp Conditioner works nicely to condition these large solid stamp before you use them for the first time. It takes one minute and the stamps are all ready to go.

I chose to use two of the stamps and I added the Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Fossilized Amber to the stamp then spritzed it a couple of times with water and stamped it on where I expected the large Cosmos floral image to go.

I did the same with the large round stamp and added some Forest Moss before spritzing the ink and stamping below the first colorful spot I stamped.

I let the ink dry completely before stamping on the cosmos image and one of the sentiments from the set. I added three Bittersweet Crown Jewel Gems to finish off the card before adding it to a coordinating cardstock base.

Next time I use this stamp set, I will use the same stamp twice instead of using two different stamps. I like how quick and easy it was to create a watercolor look and get color behind my stamped image. Some days you just don’t have time to spend watercoloring and this is a nice quick alternative!

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