Zig clean colors + Altenew Peony Bouquet

Happy Monday cardmakers! I bought the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers at the end of last year – yay for birthday giftcards! – but have not gotten as much use out of them as my distress inks. I’m not sure what it is that’s stopping me from reaching for these – maybe it’s because my distress inks are set out so I can see the colors easily whereas with the zigs I am still building familiarity for the hues in the set.

I *do* like them though – they blend easily with each other or with a water brush. I tend to use them on Bristol Smooth cardstock or Canson XL watercolor paper.

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This week I pulled out my Altenew Peony Bouquet stamps and dies and gold heat embossed the outline images. Then I used my zigs to watercolor them. I started with darker colors and diluted the colors outwards with a water brush. I also used my wink of stella clear glitter brush pen to add some sparkle on the orange flowers (SO hard to photograph…but they looked fabulous in person).

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I really love how the gold heat embossing adds this touch of luxury to the images. I also adore how the colors blend out softly without too much of a hard edge. To finish the card, I gold heat embossed the sentiment on some black cardstock, added a touch of gold glitter paper under the sentiment then used just a few silver sequins to balance everything out.

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Now for the sad part… 😦

Unfortunately, I left my card in the living room on a hot summer afternoon. When I came home a few hours later, the colors on my flowers had nearly vanished to white. The zigs are not lightfast (and they aren’t advertised as being lightfast – I just didn’t think to check) and WILL fade rapidly if left in direct sunlight.

Will this stop me from reaching for the zigs? Probably not. Most of the recipients of my cards store them away in a drawer (or throw them away…I’ve done the same…not a big deal to me) so the cards are unlikely to be exposed to direct sunlight.

I’m just glad I photographed the finished card before it faded! Better luck next time…

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