May FlowersPosted: May 5, 2015
April showers bring May flowers so they say. There are a few peeping up in my garden but not a lot to show for the April showers yet. The tulip festival starts in Ottawa next week so hopefully we’ll have plenty of flowers by then. I have been running by the canal where some of the tulip displays have been planted and last time I looked the bulbs had pushed up some green leaves but I couldn’t see buds. But enough about tulips I have orchids today stamped with the lovely big ‘gentle whisper’ stamp. I only stamped part of the image so I could fit in a second bloom and a bit of leaf.
The paper is cold pressed watercolour paper for a change. I know I always say it is best to stamp on hotpressed watercolour paper because it is so smooth but with a big brushstroke stamp like this one cold pressed worked just fine. I inked the stamp with distress stains, spritzed it with water then stamped on paper which already had a fine splatter of masking fluid over it. I blended some of the distress stain with water and a paintbrush adding some more colour here and there to create more dimension. I used a gold wink of stella to highlight the centres of the orchids then splattered a fine mist of green, purple and gold before adding the sentiment in black.
You will find May Flowers on the Penny Black blog all week as design team members share their projects.
Stamps: Gentle Whisper, Sprinkles & Smiles (PB)
Inks: Seeded Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage distress stains (Ranger) Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Canson cold pressed watercolor paper, PB Fuschia Fantasies mix & match paper, Neenah Natural White cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, gold wink of stella pen