Red Poppies

Red Poppies Heather Telford

More poppies. I thought it might be fun to try a few different techniques with the same stamp, especially such a pretty stamp. In some ways outline stamps such as this one are more versatile than brushstroke or silhouette stamps. On my previous card I used the outline of the poppy as a guide for my watercolour painting. On this card the embossed outline is a fence to contain the watercolouring. I have a new set of Gansai Tambi watercolour paints that I am experimenting with so painting within the lines seemed to be a safe way to start.

I stamped in black and embossed in clear powder on watercolour paper. I chose a pinky red and an orange red for the petals, laying down the pinky red first over the whole petal then adding the orange red from the centre. I used an olive green and a brown to fill the seed pods. I decided to paint over the flowers with masking fluid while I painted the blue panel which was probably not necessary considering I had the embossing to fence in the colour. Once the masking fluid was dry I ruled a rectangle around the image letting a few petals extend over the edge. My pencil lines were my guide for painting the blue background. When it was all dry I peeled the masking fluid off and discovered it had absorbed a lot of the colour from the petals. I’m not sure why this happened so I will experiment further with paper, paints and different masking fluids. But for this panel I just added more colour and carried on. To finish I added a little sentiment on the side and popped up the panel on a cream card base.

I have created a few projects with the new watercolours now and I am really enjoying both the choice  and the richness of the colours.

I’m not sure if I will follow this post with another poppy project; I have been wanting to play along with the current One Layer Simplicity challenge so we will have to see where the inspiration hits first.


Stamps: Blooming Garden, Snippets (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth
Also:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Watercolor Set

9 Comments on “Red Poppies”

  1. Sherry W. says:

    I really like how you show different ways to use a stamp.

  2. Liz in NH says:

    I love!!! the background mottled blues, and the poppies extending out past the border. So dramatic! My water color backgrounds are so much more interesting since I’ve seen yours, but I don’t get your drama–not yet. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creations.

  3. naylogan says:

    love this card..thanks for sharing your technique..

  4. Wonderful watercolouring! Love the border. I have bought these paints but haven’t been brave enough to try them yet! I must, the colours look awesome! xxx

  5. Jan McD says:

    thanks for pulling out this stamp set and giving us some new ideas, Good job!

  6. Pat says:

    More delicious poppies Heather in lovely robust colours and the blue background goes really well. A beautiful card. x

  7. Lindsey says:

    I like this a lot — the poppies look great this way, too. I have heard many good things about the Gansai watercolours, and will be interested to hear what you think as you use them more.

  8. […] each design. In the first one, Pink Poppies I worked slowly with a fairly small brush, the second, Red Poppies, my brush work was looser but still contained by embossed borders. In this one I stayed mostly […]

  9. […] colouring challenge. If you haven’t seen my first three, here are the links: Pink Poppies, Red Poppies and Orange Poppies. I don’t think I have ever done blue poppies but Penny Ward has in this […]

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