If you're anything like me, whenever a new Stampin' Up! catalogue comes out you make a wish list that is longer than your arm!  When the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue was released back in June, the Dandelion Wishes stamp set was on the top of the list.  It is so elegant and whimsical, and versatile for many occasions.  I used the Dandelion Wishes stamp set to create these monochromatic thank you cards...

Dandelion Wishes Thank You Cards

Stamps: Dandelion Wishes (wood: 146744, clear: 146747), Itty Bitty Greetings (wood: 146664, clear: 146667).  Ink: Coastal Cabana (147097), Highland Heather (147103).  Card/Paper: Coastal Cabana (131302), Highland Heather (147010), Shimmery White (121717), Whisper White (106549).  Accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046), Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143706), Heat Tool (129056), Embossing Buddy (103083), Aqua Painter (103954), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set
Dandelion Wishes Wood-Mount Stamp Set (146744) - $59.00
Dandelion Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set (146747) - $42.00

One of my favourite things to do when creating is a watercolour wash.  This can be done in a controlled way to create lovely backgrounds like my Nature's Poem card, or more haphazard, letting the ink spread and bleed where ever it wants to go, which is what I did to create these thank you cards.  I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock and white embossed the gorgeous dandelion image from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  Afterwards, I laid down a generous layer of water over the entire piece of card stock with an Aqua Painter, then loaded up that Aqua Painter with ink and gave a swirly-wash from the centre of the dandelion, outwards, and then left the ink to do it's thing!

Dandelion Wishes Thank You Cards

Shimmery White card stock is great for this wash technique as it is robust and able to endure all that water and ink.  It also gives the finished project a lovely shine.  Speaking of shine... to add extra to these thank you cards, I loaded a paint brush with Frost White Shimmer Paint (from the new Holiday Catalogue) and splattered the shimmer across the card to catch the light.  There's also some yummy iridescent sequins scattered across the card too!

Dandelion Wishes Thank You Cards

And while we're on the subject of thanks... I'm so excited to let you know that last week I earned the 2019 Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip - A Greek Isles Cruise in July next year!

Stampin' Up! 2018 Incentive Trip - Greek Isles Cruise

I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me in any way... my amazing husband and kids, family and friends, loyal customers, and a fabulous team of demonstrators. I could not have achieved this on my own and I am so grateful for all your encouragement and support.





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