Spring blossoms

I’ve been wanting to watercolour this image ever since I stamped it as a black silhouette on an earlier card. The details are fairly small so I kept a light hand with the ink and used a stamp positioner so I could add colour little by little. On a piece of cold pressed watercolour paper I stamped first the blossoms in spun sugar distress stain, then added little dots of festive berries stain and blended with a small watercolour brush. I inked the stems with a gathered twigs distress marker then, after stamping blended on the paper, again with a fine tip brush. I added gathered twigs stain splattered around the blooms.

I chose not to add a sentiment but pulled out some ribbon to complete the card.

The technique for this one was almost the same but I used rough watercolour paper and more water so the blooms are more like blobs in some places. It’s more of an abstract look.

This one I finished off  with bookbinding thread and a sentiment. Both cards are very simple but I felt that a delicate stamp called for a delicate card.


Stamps: spring blossoms, spiritual snippets (PB)
Inks: spun sugar, festive berries, gathered twigs, milled lavender, dusty concord, distress stains (Ranger)
Paper: cold pressed and rough watercolour paper (Fabriano)
Also: bookbinding thread, red ribbon

7 Comments on “Spring blossoms”

  1. Nancy Ste. Croix says:

    So simple and elegant, love it!

  2. Rosy Newlun says:

    Gaaaahhhhh I love these!!! So Japanese-like! Very well done Heather ♥

  3. maureenchandler says:

    WOW – so beautiful! Thank you so much!

  4. Shauna Todd says:

    How very lovely!!

  5. Jan Castle says:

    So BEAUTIFUL…each card has an appeal for the eye and will be treasured by the receiver of these lovely cards. I REALLY like the look of each of them!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  6. Pat says:

    The Spring Blossoms are delicate and very pretty in both colours Heather and this PB stamp suits this type of treatment really well. The ribbon and bookbinding thread finish them perfectly. x

  7. lollthompson says:

    Both cards today are so pretty and delicate. It’s amazing the different look you got with the same stamp earlier when creating a black silhouette. Just goes to show how versatile stamps can be. Thanks for the inspiration Heather! xx

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