Watercolor Orchid Card with Eggshell Mosaic Tiles

Hello again, sweet peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I have a card that is one of my favorites to share with you today:

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I love orchids and this terrific stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy captures the Paphiopedilum orchid (also called the Lady’s Slipper orchid) quite well. I think I like them because they’re so different from the typical orchids you buy in the store. And those cute, dumpy, wide ‘chins’ they have (the lady’s slipper) – I often see the coolest faces in them!

Pareidolia  the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness.

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This Paphiopedilum orchid is in my Shutterfly photo album of flower pictures that I took last spring. I used it as a model for coloring my card. It was at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden near Charlotte, NC.  Someone asked if those are aphids on his side petals. Nope, they’re part of the petal!

This card was inspired by several challenges going on right now. I chose the green palette to go with Marker Pop’s Challenge #88: Greens. Power Poppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is Switch Up Your Shades, which asked us to use a coloring medium we don’t normally use, and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge is to Shake It Up, so I decided to see if I could watercolor this using Glimmer Mists… shaking them up and spritzing some onto my craft mat and picking it up with a brush. (I heat embossed the image in clear, first.)

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Look at that incredible glimmery shimmer!

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After it was done, I felt it needed a little more color on some of the clear embossed areas, and some shading, so I added some Copic Markers.

Now for the most interesting part (to me anyway). When I’m perusing the craft blogs, I often bookmark cool projects that I see and want to try some day. This year I have a goal of actually TRYING some of these. So it was that I was browsing my Mixed Media folder of bookmarks and came across Gabrielle Pollacco’s blog post on how to make your own eggshell mosaic.You can find it HERE.) It’s a great way to up-cycle those eggshells after making an omelette and any cereal or cracker boxes, too.

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Gabrielle explains the process in much better detail, but here’s the short version: You can cut 1″ squares of the cereal box and prime them with gesso. Then, after removing the inner membrane, you can cover the squares with glue and press a piece of eggshell down on the square.

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Once dry, you can add color with alcohol inks and while they’re still damp, you can add some Perfect Pearls for shine. For my card, I then cut a square into four using Tim Holtz micro serrated shears by Tonic Studios. They cut just fine with hardly any chipping of the eggshells. I didn’t sand my edges, just trimmed off the extra eggshell with my Tim Holtz shears and then ran a copic marker over them to cover the white edges.

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Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Copic Markers: YG61, 63 and 99
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks: Lettuce & Stream
  • Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
  • Perfect Medium
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Recollections Craft It gold card
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme permanentadhesive
  • Red Heart Stellar Super Bulky yarn – NOVA
  • Misc eggshells & cereal box

I’m playing along in the following challenges in case you’d like to join the fun:

I hope you enjoyed today’s project as much as I did! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

-D.Ann

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17 thoughts on “Watercolor Orchid Card with Eggshell Mosaic Tiles

  1. Oh, D.Ann, what an amazing orchid that you’ve captured using the one that inspired you! It’s gorgeous, and I love the shimmer and also the clever and stunning idea to make mosaic pieces. I never would have thought to use egg shells, but wow! It’s a beautiful card, and I so love this Power Poppy orchid! Stunning! Hugs!

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  2. Absolute Genius, D.Ann!!!
    I had been wondering recently if there was a way to use the shells from my Araucana hens’ eggs for crafting. Mine lay green eggs….but no ham, yet! 🙂 I thought they’d be pretty mixed with the two colors of brown eggs my other hens lay. I also have an old white layer, but no white eggs yet this year. We’ll see as the days get longer if she lays this year. Thanks for sharing this wonderfully creative project!!
    Are you familiar with “Let’s Play” Challenge at AColorfulJourney.com? The emphasis this month is on using neglected art supplies, but your project would be a fun one to share with everyone over there sometime. 🙂
    Totally love your fabulous project!!!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  3. D’Ann, oh, my this is totally awesome!! So much goodness here, from your beautiful photo, your lovely drawing, learning a new word – pareidolia, the gorgeous colors, oooh, just love it all! And then, you share with us about eggshell mosaics!! WOW! is that totally awesome!! They are so beautiful, I really must try this! Thanks so much for sharing! Thanks for joining our recycle/upcycle challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Maura

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  4. Wow! Fabulous on several counts. Love these pretty orchids. Yellow Lady Slippers grow wild in the woods around here and they’re so beautiful. Very clever to use your Glimmer Mists for coloring! And those eggshell mosaics are amazing! I really need to get some gesso. Sometimes I toast and crush the eggshells and scatter them in the garden. Slugs don’t like to crawl on them. I’m so thrilled to see your card in our Power Poppy challenge!

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  5. Wow!!! This is so creative and so beautiful! Never thought to use eggshells to make a mosaic but then again I never think to use eggshells on anything, come to think of it. What a great way to upcycle the shells AND cardboard. Lovely color and shimmer on your orchid images and a photograph that blew me away! Perfect for springtime.

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