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Watercolor Florals Background

Hello, all! Since I’ve been watercoloring a ton the last few weeks (in preparation for my online class—you can still register here—class starts next week), I totally have watercolor on the brain! I adore watercoloring flowers and thought I’d create a card that lets the painting take center stage.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

I watercolored the flowers using Mijello Mission Gold watercolors (that I’ve setup in a Mijello palette) and Fabriano Artistico Extra White watercolor paper. After painting the floral background, I trimmed the paper down to slightly smaller than my card.

To add a gold edge to the watercolor piece, I ran a VersaMark ink pad over the edges and then dipped the edges in Gilded embossing powder.

The greeting was die cut from Neat & Tangled’s Celebrate You die set and then coated in gold embossing powder.

In the video above, I talked very briefly about Danielle’s fundraising efforts. Here are more details…

Neat and Tangled owner Danielle Walls  father, Dan, became unexpectedly ill after a routine knee surgery.  He had a series of complications following the procedure and then developed and was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in March of 2017. CRPS is a complex, progressive disease of the nervous system. The pain is characterized as constant and extremely intense. The pain is often accompanied by swelling, skin changes, extreme sensitivity, and in most cases is debilitating. You can read much more about his journey HERE

It is difficult to put into words how much of a nightmare CRPS is, so please take a few minutes to watch this short video to get a better understanding of how life altering this disease can be.

After several failed attempts to heal through traditional medicine, at the end of their ropes, Danielle and her family discovered Dr. Katinka van der Merwe and The Neurologic Relief Center. Dr. Katinka specializes in revolutionary, non-invasive, non-pharcaeutical therapies to treat patients suffering from CRPS. THIS is a great article written by Dr. Katinka outlining what it is they do. Treatment at this center is costly, as insurance will not cover most of the therapies they provide. It is also 10-12 weeks  of treatment, and requires living in Arkansas near the clinic for the duration of the the treatment. 

Because of the kindness and compassion of friends, family, and the crafting community, enough funds were raised so that Danielle’s father was able to receive care at the Center. He arrived in Arkansas in August of 2017, and at the end of October 2017, with Danielle by his side, Dan was able to ring the bell at the completion of his treatment.  You can view the video of his bell ringing ceremony HERE, please keep in mind that when Dan had first arrived in Arkansas he had lost significant weight, was depressed and anxious, was unable to hold conversation and was easily confused, and was almost completely immobile. To see him smiling, standing and speaking just 11 short weeks later is nothing short of a miracle. In December of 2017 he was able to return to work full time, and he is just enjoying life each day now! I  encourage you to take a look at the rest of the The Neurologic Relief Center’s Facebook page to see interviews with patients, and question and answer videos from Dr. K and her staff.

Most patients with CRPS have exhausted their funds trying any and all other treatments some causing more harm than good, most have put themselves into great debt seeking healing. Many are just unable to afford the cost of care at The Neurologic Relief Center to begin with.  If it were not for the help of fundraising, Dan would have left the center in extreme debt which is such a burden to overcome. 

It has been on Danielle’s heart ever since then to pay it forward to others who are in a similar situation.  The biggest help in Dan’s fundraising, was when Simon Says Stamp donated all the sales of Neat and Tangled’s 2017 STAMPtember set to Dan’s GoFundMe, you can see more about that HERE. So many of you bought that set, and had a hand in Dan’s healing whether you knew it or not! Using the same idea, Danielle has started the Crafting With Compassion campaign, and designed the Celebrate You stamp set and Celebrate You dies to help this cause.  All profits from the sales of these sets will go directly towards CRPS patients in financial need at The Neurologic Relief Center, and also those who are still waiting to get to the center due to financial limitations. If you wish, you can also just make a straight donation with no purchase necessary on the Neat and Tangled website. All funds raised will be donated to The Burning Limb Foundation, who in turn will work with Dr. Katinka to distribute the funds. The purpose of Crafting With Compassion is to remind us that not only should we feel empathy for those suffering, but we should also take action and do something about it. 

Please realize the power we have when we all come together. Even if everyone just does a little, it can add up to a lot. Because of the compassion of others, Dan’s life was truly changed. Now, let’s help change some more!

Love you, Danielle! I hope we can raise lots of money to help even more people. :)


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

*Neat & Tangled Celebrate You dies
[ N&T | SSS ]
Fabriano Artistico Extra White, 5×7…
Mijello Mission Gold Water Color…
Mijello Mission Gold Water Color Set,…
Mijello Bulletproof Glass Palette
Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 8
VersaMark Ink
Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
[ SSS ]
Sistema Storage Container (for…
Clips for embossing powder container
Mini Spoons for embossing powder…
Precision Heat Embossing Gun
[ SSS ]
Sizzix Big Shot, White/Gray
Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
[ SSS ]
Ranger Multi Medium Matte, 0.5 oz
Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottles
[ SSS ]
3M Scotch Foam Tape
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 110…
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White…
EK Success Tweezers
[ SSS ]
Darice Crystal Sequins, 8mm
[ SSS ]
Darice Crystal Sequins, 5mm
[ SSS ]
Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
[ SSS ]

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  • Reply Andrea Hastilow July 10, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Beautiful florals, I love watching designers like yourself & Sandy Allnock just create an image from nothing, watching it appear out of blank paper is wonderful & so relaxing. Great that you’ve joined in with such a fantastic cause to raise money & awareness. x

  • Reply Diana W. July 10, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Love watching you create. And thanks for giving us the chance to support such a great cause.

  • Reply Gwendolyn July 10, 2018 at 7:59 am

    What an amazing card and an equally amazing story! Thanks for letting us know and I will be popping over soon to get some stamps to help this cause.

  • Reply Lagene July 10, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Gorgeous card, thank you for the video! Awesome cause!

  • Reply Karthikha Uday July 10, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Beautiful card!! So pretty :)

  • Reply Erika July 10, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Love the apparent ease with which you paint the florals, that’s my goal!! I could watch a real time video of you doing the painting!!

  • Reply Maureen Reiss July 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS card!!!!

  • Reply Pamela A July 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I have followed you for a number of years and your work is still always amazing. Loved watching this come to life. You make it look so effortless and reminds me practice, practice, practice! I again thank you for sharing your never ending talent. I can only imagine how wonderful your watercolor class will be.

  • Reply Suzi Metcalfe July 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Loved your video! You are incredible! Thank you! I also watched the fund raiser video, and it hit home! I may have found a diagnosis!

  • Reply Debbie P July 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Beautiful card. I love to watch you watercolour. You do such a amazing job.

  • Reply Kristie Maynard July 10, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful card and you make it look so easy to paint those flowers, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Reply Teresa Doyle July 11, 2018 at 5:55 am

    This is gorgeous Kristina. You have definitely inspired me to practice my ‘freehand’ watrecolouring.

  • Reply Henriëtte July 11, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Wow Kristina you let it look very easy the drawing/colouring these gorgeous flowers, absolute stunning!
    And thanks that you also take par tin the attention for this great cause.

  • Reply Nina July 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Lovely, lovely card!

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