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Wed 13

Homespun Hearts and Swirling Stitches
by Jean Okimoto


Homespun Hearts and Swirling Stitches are a great pair for Valentine's Day.  Jean Okimoto here, loving these swirly freeform designs on a background  of Peerless Watercolors.  Swirling Stitches creates a great subtle backdrop for any design - I think of it as a 'quiet detail.'  The just-released January 2016 collection is much more than just a Valentine collection - check it out here.

Cut a 4" x 3" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Brush a layer of water onto the paper, then paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  


Cut Homespun Heart from light pink glittered cardstock.  Cut the watercolor paper with Swirling Stitches.  Stamp "LOVE" - from the Open Studio Smile Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Coral.  Dry the ink - then cut the greeting with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim the excess paper using the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle.  

Attach everything to a Peony Notecard.  Attach small silver sequins.


Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's NEW from Memory Box  and Love is Sweet classes at Impress.  What was your favorite new die?

Here's a card we'll be making in the So Many Hearts class at Impress on Sunday January 17th.  The sweet little origami heart is super-easy - promise!


I've added another class too - Memory Box Calendar and Watercolor Workshop - on Sunday January 31st at Impress.  Create great designs with Peerless Watercolors, Kaleidacolors, diecuts and sequins.  


Thanks for stopping by -  before you leave, be sure to check out Laura's post listing the winners of last week's blog blitz - congrats to all of the winners!




I laughed out loud when I saw your card this morning. Guess what I made last night?! A red watercolored background imprinted with the swirling stitches and the Homespun Hearts on top! Guess I don't need to post it now!!! :-) It's a great valentine design and will make a great card for me to send to a friend. Great minds...etc. etc. Have a great day! Anne

Hi Jean - This is so lovely - did not realize a dry iron could be used on watercolor paper - thanks for sharing that - I love this die cut very much and your background is stunning! Have a blessed week!

Really beautiful....I'm so into hearts right now....Valentine's Day, here I come....

Awesome card. I like how you die cut swirling stitches in the watercoloring paper. very subtle and effective. I also never knew you could iron watercolor paper. Thanks for the tip. Thanks for sharing your talent

This is beautiful and I love everything about this card! I will have to check with my favorite store to get these products. Thanks for sharing.

BEAUTIFUL Card!! =) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Design and the way that you layered things together!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

love these cards

The cards are fabuous!

I thought I heard someone laughing this morning, all the way from Maine to Seattle. Please post your card anyway - we'd love to see it!

Thanks Gail - the heat tool would dry it, but the iron presses it flat too.

Thanks Jan. This would be pretty in reverse too - a pale pink background with dark pink, red or coral glittered hearts!

Thanks Debbie - you'll be seeing a lot of the Swirling Stitches here!

Thanks Caryl - enjoy the new collection!

Thanks Larissa. I love layers - colors, papers, textures, sequins, glitter!

Thanks Marta - have fun making Valentines for the special people in your life.

Thanks Jean - the dies are fabulous!

Like the artsy look of these. I also would like to see Anne's card.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

So clever to IRON your watercolored piece! And I wish I could take that class--I would love to learn how to replicate that card, and the origami heart.

Wish you could be at Impress this Sunday too - tell Keith that big chair is waiting for him!

The Homespun Hearts die is very pretty and makes such a nice card.

Thanks Sherry - can't wait to see how you use Homespun Heart!

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