Watercolour wildflowers

I have a couple more wildflower cards today using stamps from the Darkroom Door set, Wildflowers vol 2. I did some wet into wet watercolour stamping to create backgrounds which give the impression of more plants behind the ones featured in the foreground.

I dropped peeled paint, scattered straw and spiced marmalade distress stain onto a wet watercolour panel and let it move around and blend. When it was still damp I inked one of the wildflower stamps in spiced marmalade and peeled paint stain and stamped it on the panel. The image blurred a little but still looked like flowers. I let the panel dry completely before stamping similar but larger flowers in the same stains but with added rusty hinge stain at the base of the flower head.

To give the panel an aged look I added images from the ‘Correspondence‘ set in vintage sepia ink with water drops and splatters of stain over the top. I tied some vintage linen thread around the panel and matted with brown to finish it off.

Although I used some of the same techniques for the cattails card I didn’t add any vintage elements so it has a cleaner more modern look over all. I still started with a watery blend of distress stains (broken china, scattered straw and spiced marmalade) over the whole watercolour panel. I stamped the cattails stamp a couple of times into the damp background which gave it a bit of depth and movement I think. Once the stamping was dry I stamped again over the top to get sharper foreground images.

Thanks for dropping in today.


Stamps: Wildflowers vol 2 , Correspondence (Darkroom Door)
Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Vintage photo, Broken China distress stains (Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano) brown cardstock
Also: vintage linen thread

10 Comments on “Watercolour wildflowers”

  1. Andrea Harlan says:

    Very nice!

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Shauna Todd says:

    Very, very nice, Heather!

  3. Deb says:

    Heather, your work is amazing! I love the blurred wet on wet background with a clearer version of the image stamped on top.

  4. ahappyscramper says:

    I love the look of the blurred images in the background on both cards Heather. Gorgeous.

  5. Godelieve says:

    Gorgeous cards! I’m a fan of your watercolor work!

  6. I so love these watercolour cards, really beautiful, I would frame it if sent one of your gorgeous creations….

  7. they are gorgeous!!

  8. Elaine Barr says:

    Fab technique Heather. Thank you for sharing. x

  9. Pat says:

    What fabulous wild flower cards Heather, and the first with that beautiful orange and the script, and the very clever shadow flowers in the background is so fresh and pretty, then the cattails stamped once wet in wet, and then stamped again over the top really adds great drama to the scene. x

  10. Bonnie says:

    These are both beautiful, Heather but the first one takes my breath away. The soft watercolor background looks almost like vellum. So dreamy! Love the addition of the script and the more vivid flowers in the foreground!

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