Deep Pink Poppies

Deep Pink Poppies Heather Telford

More poppies! I think this is the last for now. Maybe. As I mentioned in my last post, my poppy watercolouring has become progressively looser in the four cards I have recently created. This one might just be my favourite. It started out just like the last one; I inked the poppy stamp from Blooming Garden with distress stains (listed below). I stamped the image twice, spritzing the stamp with water before each impression but not re-inking. While the stain was wet I used a paintbrush to pull colour into the petals, adding stain or water here and there to make it lighter or darker. There was a bit of yellow left on the stamp from the previous card which ended up on the far left poppy and I quite like that happy accident. While the painted poppies were still damp I spritzed water over the images aiming from right to left so the poppy blow outs occurred in the same direction.

Even though this technique looks very loose and free it can go wrong very quickly. One of the keys to success is to spritz then wait to see what happens. If you spritz, take a quick look, think nothing has happened so spritz again, you can end up with water and colour everywhere but not in a very artistic arrangement. That kind of happened on the poppy under the die cut sentiment which, of course, is why it is under the die cut sentiment. Triple stacked die cut sentiment by the way. I really like the look of the stacked die cuts and I am getting better at lining them up so they look like one piece instead of multiples. I did try to incorporate some ribbon or embroidery thread but they just didn’t fit in so I resorted to simple mats to finish it off.

Deep Pink Poppies detail Heather Telford

I’ve been inspired by Kathy Racoosin’s #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge. I haven’t coloured everyday but doing this poppy project has been like a mini 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 beautiful card.


Stamps: Blooming Garden(PB)
Creative Dies: For You (PB)
Inks: Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries distress stains (Ranger)Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth, burgandy and green cardstock
Also:  Stick it adhesive sheets,  dimensional adhesive

7 Comments on “Deep Pink Poppies”

  1. Holly Saveur says:

    So gorgeous..I love them all…..!
    I think this stamp set is a must have now….

  2. Geri S. says:

    I love what you’ve been doing with the poppies and Penny’s blue one are terrific, too! I’ve been trying to grow Himalayan poppies for a while without much success. Now I can “grow” them on cards.

  3. Love it… love Poppies (my favorite flower) and love red (…my favorite color)!

  4. jmhave44 says:

    Another beauty. I learn so much from your ‘mistakes’, and this water color technique is something I struggle to master. If I had done this, I would have thought I’d really messed up. When _YOU_ do it, it’s an artistic design and still looks wonderful. Good idea to cover with the stacked die. My triple layers do not look this polished either!!! Thanks for sharing the lovely card and all the ‘how-to’ information. Have a great weekend. Hugs

  5. Lindsey says:

    Your cards *almost* make me regret buying this stamp when I saw it… but not really, since I’d just be disappointed when my attempts would be vastly inferior. 😀 I like the windblown look of the left-to-right spritzing.

  6. Lindsey says:

    (Sorry, right to left…)

  7. Pat says:

    Lovely poppies again Heather, and each one has something different to offer. I adore the feathery edges the water has given them. x

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