Three Things I Like: Shawn de Oliveira

When I come across someone else’s card that I absolutely love, I know I must share their work with you.  You deserve to see it.  When I received a swap card from Shawn de Oliveira, my roommate at this year’s Stampin’ Up! Convention, I immediately began planning my “Three Things  I Like” about this card.  What a beauty!  I’m going to share Shawn’s card, following by three things I like about it – that’s right, I’m going to work hard to narrow down my list of things to just three.

Here’s Shawn’s gorgeous swap card:

Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, by Shawn de Oliveira

Three Things I Like About Shawn’s Card

  • Watercoloring.  I don’t watercolor a lot because it seems like a daunting task.  I forget that watercoloring can have a HUGE impact – even when done in small amounts.  Shawn stamped these flowers from Birthday Blossoms and Petite Petals in Calypso Coral on watercolor paper.  He then used an Aqua Painter to paint the petals with varying depths of Calypso Coral.  What a great effect it adds!  Just look at how much texture is given to these flowers with just a little bit of painting.Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, by Shawn de Oliveira
  • A Mix of Bold and Bashful.  While there are only three Calypso Coral flowers on the front of this super-clean card, there are flowers all over the card, inside the card and on the Crumb Cake envelope.  Stamped with Sahara Sand, these bashful and faded flowers add so much dimension and texture to the card front without distracting you from the three coral flowers and bold sentiment.Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, by Shawn de Oliveira
  • Color Combination.  Although there’s a bit of Daffodil Delight in the middle of each beautifully painted flower, the central colors in Shawn’s card are Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.  The balance of neutral and white is perfect here – pops of coral with a lot of soothing beige.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals  Papers:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe  Accessories:  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals

You should definitely do yourself the favor of visiting Shawn’s blog and signing up to receive his emails when his posts go live.  He’s a talented artist, his photography is amazing and I’m excited I could share his work with you today.

CLICK HERE to visit Shawn’s Blog,, and see more of his work.

Before you head over to check out Shawn’s Blog, I hope you’ll leave a comment here to let him know how much you appreciate this project.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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