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Cherish

I have featured this stamp on cards a couple of times already but it is going to be one of those stamps that I reach for again and again. The flowers are perfect for a range of colouring techniques but pretty as an outline as well and the way the branch reaches across the panel is just so lovely.

I pulled out some distress products for this design and the stamp positioner so I could build it up colour by colour. I started by stamping the flowers in Victorian velvet distress stain, then the leaves with peeled paint distress stains and finally the stems with gathered twigs distress marker. Once the design was all stamped I blended colour into the petals, some I was able to pull in from the outline stamping, but if it was too pale I picked up some stain on my brush and added it. I did the same with the leaves and used a very fine brush to paint over the stamped stems and twigs. I let everything dry thoroughly before painting the background in faded jeans distress stain ( I think ). I also splattered a little blue stain around the flowers.

I wanted a little more foliage around the branch so I inked the leafy spray from ‘delicate silhouettes’ set in mowed lawn and pressed it around the spray then softened the stamping with a wet brush. I was in two minds whether to add a sentiment or not; I’m still not sure if I should have. But to keep it subtle I added it in the same watercolour paper with just a shadow of dark blue peeping out the side. If you have blossoms where you are I’m sure you are enjoying them; mine will appear eventually, I know!

Supplies

Stamps: delicate silhouettes, first blush
Inks: Victorian velvet, mowed lawn, peeled paint, mustard seed, faded jeans distress stains, gathered twigs distress marker
Die: forever friends
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano), blue cardstock

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21 Comments on “Cherish”

  1. Andrea Harlan says:

    So pretty!

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  2. Nancy Ste. Croix says:

    Beautiful, I love the color combination.

  3. So very beautiful! Love your work!

  4. Beautiful colours, the stamp is gorgeous! Another stunning card! xxx

  5. Liz in NH says:

    This is the sweetest card! Love the delicate blue background, sets off the pink so well. Thanks for sharing. Lovely spring welcome. Only snowdrops here in NH so far.

  6. creatingincolors says:

    The coloring and shading on this card are stunning. At first glance this card took me back many years to a Spring day when, as a child, I saw the glorious cherry blossoms in full bloom in Washington DC on a perfect blue-sky day. Gorgeous.

  7. Ingrid says:

    OMG, what a stunning card! The petals are so sweet and fragile, and the blue stain just makes them pop. Simply beautiful! 🙂

  8. Swh2013 says:

    This card is stunning!

  9. Bonnie says:

    I love how the darker blue makes the pretty blossoms show so well, Heather! And what a great idea to use the delicate leaves around the branch. Lovely!

  10. maureenchandler says:

    Gorgeous card – thank you for sharing your beautiful art!

  11. memalagene says:

    GORGEOUS! You amaze me!

  12. Pat says:

    This is so so pretty Heather and I love the soft pinks and blues, and the bright green foliage adds to the pretty arrangement of flowers. The die cut sentiment works well with the dark blue which makes it stand out better. x

  13. Betsy Wilson says:

    You just knowing I’m gonna have to get this stamp, don’t you? :-). This is lovely!

  14. AJ says:

    Stunning. Love the soft colors.

  15. artjypsy says:

    Stunning. Gorgeous. Love the soft colors and your water coloring..

  16. Jan Castle says:

    Very SPRING!!!! Thanks for sharing how you did this lovely inspiration Heather!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

  17. lollthompson says:

    Wow … gorgeous Heather!! xx

  18. Vanessa Bybee says:

    This is so beautiful Heather! Wonderful card!!

  19. ND says:

    Your mother thinks it is beautiful and will be very happy to use it..

  20. Daria says:

    Lovely. I love the soft look you achieved. TFS.


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