Watercoloring is such a beautiful way of adding color to your artwork, and today we want to share a technique that really makes your watercolor images shine! We’ll be looking at some lovely artwork made using the Florence collection, starting with this scrapbook page here; the Collect Moments page. I’m going to start by talking about how these beautiful flower images were made. It all starts with one of our stamp sets, Ornate Blossoms. You can see the intricate detail of these floral images and they’re designed to pair perfectly with Florence papers, so that they really become an extension of your paper packet. These images in particular are just dying to be colored in! This stamp set is especially easy to use because it also has a coordinating set of thin cuts dies. So you can see that I don’t have to cut these detailed images out by hand, I can simply use the thin cuts and they’ll pair perfectly with that stamp. Here I have one that I’ve already cut out. I’ve also stamped this and embossed it using shiny gold embossing powder so you can see that that detail comes out and it’s shiny because I’ve heat set that and it’s all ready to go. So when I use my water colors to paint over this, you can see that the stamp image stays perfectly intact because of that embossing powder; it acts as a resist on your image. So I’m just going to go in and pick up some watercolor, and you can really enjoy the process of choosing what colors you want, the other thing I love about watercoloring over my stamped images is that I can continue to build up color and build that out until it matches the paper or whatever project I’m working on, I can really make that custom color so that it feels like an extension of that project. So here you can see it’s just taking on shape, and that gold is resisting the paint so that the gold continues to shine through even though I’m adding layers of color on top of them. I’m using colors I feel pair nicely, you can go lighter or darker by blending those colors and do a nice color wash and not be as detailed, really with watercolors it’s up to you and the look you’re going for. So I’m just going to grab a little bit of this blue; the colors in the Florence kit are so vibrant and beautiful that this really is a fun technique to use with this paper pack. The more water you use, the lighter the image will come out and the paint will be thinner that way and if you want a more intense color, you just use more paint. To that’s just to show you the technique of how you can go in and watercolor around your stamped images and that gold resists the paint and it turns out wonderfully. So you can see here when I take the time to go in with detail, you can see how intense you can get the color and how well that gold pops off and how beautiful those stamped pieces come together. Let’s take a look at paper pack completely here. Look at this beautiful paper that has this large ornate pattern on it and all the different colors that are in the Florence paper pack. On the back side of that you’ve got the same patterns but a more muted tone by using the blue and just having the lined images on that paper—I love that sheet. This one is so versatile because it is a neutral background and then has that wonderful text that really just gives a little bit of dimension to that, and any project will benefit from having this word B&T on it. The back side is a wonderful neutral but it has some of these nice detailed tick marks that just give it a little pop. Then you’ve got this beautiful paper that has the ruby background and it’s got all the combinations of Saffron and Peacock and a few other colors popping through, you can see on this side is more of that Saffron with just a little pattern so that you can mix these that are a little more subtle with those first few that have intense and large patterns on them. This is a great diagonal design, pin stripe design, and you’ve got this beautiful fan design on the back side of that one; those pair lovely together, just the front and back of this one sheet is a beautiful combination. Then you’ve got this that is a flaxen base with some small, beautiful details in that, and on the other side this large wide stripe and you’ve got to love all the zip strips you can use as well. Lastly in this paper pack, as with all of our paper packs, we have the cut apart sheet here you can use here for your Picture My Life pockets, you can also for your titles, any details on your page, and they always come with a horizontal as well as a vertical option for each of the designs. Another thing I love that coordinates so well with this is this rose gold foil tape. I could use this on every project I love it so much. We also have coordinating sequins which really add that pop of shine and color to the Florence papers. Then we also have our coordinating complements; here you can see we’ve got some printed and embossed craft paper that’s all printed to match these same patterns. So pairing these with the stamps that you’ve watercolored or any of the things that coordinate perfectly together, you can see all of these images vary in sizes so down to the smallest little embellishment that can cluster well with all of the different pieces in this kit; you can also pull in the stickers that come in your kit too. So you can easily add some of the more colorful stickers with these beautiful craft pieces that have the rose gold foil on them and some beautiful titles and it will come together perfectly by just using the products that are designed for this paper pack. This one page shows harmoniously all the paper designs can work together, and in addition to our watercolored stamp images, we’ve decorated the page with a few coordinating embellishments, too: we’ve got some colored sequins, we’ve also added some of the embellishments and these two pieces in this corner come from the Complements mixed with the stamped image so you can see how gorgeous this coordinating set of products can be turned in to artwork. I’d like to show just a couple more pieces we’ve made using the collection, even though they don’t feature the same stamping technique. Here’s a scrapbook page without any stamping just coordinating embellishments. Even the title comes from the Complements and comes together so beautifully! This card showcases the same Ornate Blossoms stamp set, so you can see I’ve just used multiple tones of ink to give that a really nice look and effect on this card using at same stamp set that I used to watercolor and emboss with. On this card you can see that we’ve used that word pattern B&T as well as the zip strips one of the patterned zip strips, so we’re using every piece of paper to bring it together so it’s useful for you in your projects, and again just a few of those complements as well as some sequins to bring that all together. We’ve also made this fun 3-D box that shows how nicely the papers can carry a project. So no matter your level of creativity, and no matter what techniques you want to use, you can see that the Florence collection of products can really elevate your artwork! We’d love to see what you create, be sure to share your artwork using the hashtag #ctmhflorence. To get any of the beautiful Florence products we’ve shown today, visit your Close To My Heart Consultant’s website; If you don’t already have a Consultant, visit closetomyheart.com.