Pootlers Spring-Summer 2017 Catalogue Blog Hop – Dragonfly Dreams

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Pootlers Spring-Summer 2017 Catalogue Blog Hop – Dragonfly Dreams


Hello, everyone! Welcome to another Pootlers Blog Hop. We are super excited to share with you lots of new products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Spring/Summer Catalogue. We hope you find great inspiration from our projects. If you have arrived here from lovely Dee Copus-Read, a big welcome to you. Be sure to click on the names further down, to continue your journey on this blog hop.


For today’s project, I have used once again Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies. I love this bundle and either together or separate, I just can’t get enough of it. This time though I decided to revisit two of my favourite techniques: watercolour and ink smooching. Bright colours, Cucumber Crush and Island Indigo, seemed perfect combination for a dragonfly card.


Watercolour Dragonfly card dimensions:

  • Cucumber Crush cardstock: 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″ scored in half at 4-1/8″ (21 x 14.8 cm scored in half at 10.5 cm)
  • Island Indigo cardstock: 4″x 5-6/8″(10,2 x 14,5 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (9.8 x 14.2 cm) and 2-7/8″ x 1/2″(7.4 x 1.3 cm) for a sentiment
  • Scraps of Whisper White, Shimmery White and White Vellum cardstock for die-cutting

First thing first I had to prepare my watercolour panel. And to be honest I risked a bit using regular Whisper White cardstock here.

If you are not confident with water colouring and don’t want to risk, please always use watercolour paper with ink smooshing technique.

I pressed Cucumber Crush ink pad on a craft mat, spritz it with water (not too much) and took a piece of acetate to lift some of this puddle of colour. I smooshed it on my panel and dried it with a heat gun. I repeat this process couple of times, every time drying my panel in-between until I was happy with layers of colour. Next, I switched to Island Indigo but I only added one layer of colour. The last touch was to add few splotches of ink to my panel with help of aqua painter.


I die cut two dragonflies, one from Whisper White cardstock and one from vellum (without the head) for 3D effect. To colour in cardstock dragonfly I used a very similar technique as previously. I pressed some more of Island Indigo ink on the craft mat, spritz it with water and dabbed the dragonfly straight in the puddle, dried and repeat until I was happy with the colour.

I wanted to add more depth and ‘life’ to my dragonfly, so I sponged the edges of wings and the body with Island Indigo ink. I also added few speckles with bronze metallic Sharpie marker.

While sponging I’ve noticed that the dragonfly was bit ‘flimsy’ (note to myself: if you plan to dab your intricate die-cuts in the puddles of coloured water, use paper with higher grammature woman!, like watercolour perhaps! lol). So I die-cut just the body of a dragonfly from Shimmery White cardstock, watercolour it, sponged the edges and adhered on top of the dragonfly with liquid adhesive. Next, I adhered the vellum dragonfly underneath, offsetting slightly.


The sentiment I chose comes from the same Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark on the strip of Whisper White, heat embossed it using Copper Embossing Powder and trimmed it diagonally. The sentiment alone seemed bit dull so I took a very narrow strip of Whisper White (around 1/8″), dabbed it in Versamark and heat embossed in copper as well. Next, I trimmed it and adhered it to the sentiment, underneath the top edge, so it peeks out slightly.


To assemble the card I’ve used my favourite Tombow liquid adhesive. I love it because it gives you some wiggle room before it sets. Also, it’s the best for those slightly warped watercolour panels. Next, I’ve added my sentiment in the top right corner using dimensionals. For dragonfly, I’ve used Tombow again. The last touch was to add some extra shimmer to the dragonfly with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. You can’t go wrong with this stuff righ?! 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project and that it will give some extra ideas of how to use this beautiful Dragonfly Dreams Bundle. I would love to hear what you think in comments below. As always, if you wish to purchase any of products I have used, simply click the images below to go directly to my online shop and don’t forget to enter the hostess code for the month of January QVAJSVTD to receive a gift from me.

Now, be sure to hop along and see more inspiring projects. Below is the list of all the participants. Your next stop is Amazingly talented Helen Griffin  go and see what she has made using the new items.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!


Full blog hop line up:

Sam Hammond Donald

Jill Chapman

Lynn Ellis

Anna Sposato

Lisa Emslie

Laurie Jennings

Heidi Smith

Justyna Cieslinska

Jerim Dickens

Fiona Whitehead

Hannah McCurley

Jillian Selwood

Keila Carver

Dee Copus-Read

Anna Krol  <– you are here

Helen Griffin

Karen Taylor

Angelina Clark

Product List


Don’t forget to check:


The New Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration is LIVE and it’s AMAZING! For every £45 you spend either from Spring Summer Catalogue or Annual Catalogue, you will get to choose one FREE product from SAB brochure! Click here for more details–>



31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angelina (Intatwyne Designs)
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 07:38:10

    Really lovey as always Anna.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. flutterbyheidi
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 08:09:49

    Love the colour combination

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Jillian
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 08:56:11

    Beautiful card Anna xx

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Laurie Jennings
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 09:26:31

    Such a pretty card x

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Karen Taylor
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 10:24:09

    Love this set, and I love what you’ve done with it – the colours are great

    Liked by 1 person


  6. stampwithpeg
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 12:13:36

    Love this card, gorgeous colour combo x

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Linda K
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 12:59:18

    Such a lovely card Anna. I really appreciate that you give the ‘how to” and some tips so that we can try out your creations. That way I learn so much from you and appreciate all you do. Many thanks. Take care.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. jillchapman
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 13:01:19

    Beautiful watercolour effect

    Liked by 1 person


  9. annaspaperbox
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 16:27:01

    Gorgeous card Anna. I love those dragonfly’s.

    Liked by 1 person


  10. littleowlcrafts
    Jan 14, 2017 @ 18:20:15

    Beautiful card Anna x

    Liked by 1 person


  11. Maria
    Jan 15, 2017 @ 11:17:54

    I absolutely love this dragonfly card and how you created it!

    Liked by 1 person


  12. Dee, Lady Dee Crafts
    Jan 15, 2017 @ 13:03:25

    Gorgeous card. I love the colour combo and the background. Dee x

    Liked by 1 person


  13. janclothier
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 21:17:30

    Such a vibrant and beautiful card! I love your colour choices for such a lovely stamp set.

    Liked by 1 person


  14. Lauri
    Jan 18, 2017 @ 13:43:26

    Thanks for the easy to follow instructions – I’m looking forward to trying it myself!

    Liked by 1 person


  15. Stefanie Nichols
    Feb 18, 2017 @ 20:30:10

    Super cute card! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Liked by 1 person


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