I love the whole Mondo lineup, and these are no exception! My favorite thing to do is to stamp a bunch of ’em and then sit down and color away. So relaxing!
Of course that means that you’ll end up with a bunch of cards! The daisies were so cool that I decided to make 4.25″ square cards and let them take center stage.
Then I added sentiments on the insides. I LOVE the sentiments and fonts that come with these! And that new butterfly sequin mix — you’ll see it again because I just can’t stop using it!
I thought I’d share some closeups of each daisy and give ya some ideas for coloring. Would anyone out there be interested in a video? Let me know! And what color would you like?
Here are some overall tips:
- High quality watercolor paper is key for these — I used my trusty Arches! I tried it on student grade paper and it looked so bad I didn’t post it, ha!
- I stamped the image in black and embossed with clear powder so I didn’t have to worry about opaque colors mucking up the stamping. It also helps with controlling your colors.
- I like to work on one petal at a time. After I finish one I move on to an opposite petal — I find that this makes my flowers look more natural.
- I used sap green for all of my stems, and added a little hansa yellow light to the right side of the stem (from the Daniel Smith Essentials set) for shading. If you don’t have these colors in your toolbox yet you totally should — find a full writeup on the set here.
I started off with a classic orange gerbera. The key for this is one is Daniel Smith organic vermillion — it’s a rich, semi-opaque orange that’s just perfect for gerbera daisies! I also like to add in some new gamboge, Hansa yellow light and pyroll scarlet here and there from the Daniel Smith Essentials set.
Next up, a classic pink gerbera! This one just called out for Daniel Smith Opera Pink! Note that this color isn’t lightfast, so if you plan on using it on artwork that you’ll hang in your living room you wouldn’t want to use it for that. But it’s perfect for cards!
Last but not least, a pastel version! I think the key here is Daniel Smith Naples yellow — it has a little bit of white in it and makes such pretty shades when mixed with the opera pinks.
Since this is a warm yellow, I added a little Hansa yellow light from the Essentials set for contrast.
Guess what!?! I have a Mondo Gerbera stamp and coordinating die to giveaway — yeah!!!! To enter, just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, February 13th and I’ll announce the lucky random winner on Valentine’s Day! Please note that the giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only — so sorry! Hope you all understand xoxo!
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More From the February Release!
I have a release roundup post for ya right here — I got a little carried away making cards and putting them all in one post made it way too loooooong LOL! Here are the other posts — PS there’s one more giveway…!
- Part 1: Mondo Gerbera and a GIVEAWAY! <— you are here!
- Part 2: A Breve Note
- Part 3: Latte Love
- Part 4: Bear Ware 3
- Part 5: Big Scripty Hello and Thank You plus another GIVEAWAY!
Thanks so much for joining me!