Tulip festival time

The tulip festival starts here in Ottawa in two days. Of course there are tulips already blooming but the very chilly turn our weather took last week might have kept a few from blooming earlier. I have only a few tulips in my garden so I was seriously annoyed to see a squirrel pull a bud off a stalk this morning. I quickly ran outside and yelled but he just scampered further from me and proceeded to eat the whole thing!

I used distress stains to ink the Tulips stamp from Darkroom Door for this card. I have heard that Ranger is discontinuing the dauber version of the distress stains which makes me sad. I love inking stamps with the dauber to create soft watery looks. I have most of the daubers in the distress stain range but I plan to complete my set before they become unavailable. The spray stain bottles will still be available so I will use them to refill my daubers. I used my MISTI so I could stamp the stains one at a time starting with mustard seed on the petals. Next I added spiced marmalade to the base of the petals, stamped and followed with peeled paint on the stems. I blended all the stain into the petals for fill the outline stamping then let it dry before add a blue frame. I used salty ocean stain on the frame part of the stamp then blended it with water around the tulips after stamping.

I found I had a nice match in ribbon so wrapped some around a white panel and added two knotted pieces. I popped the tulip panel on the white and attach all to a white card base.

Hope the flowers are blooming where you are.


Stamps: Tulips (Darkroom Door)
Inks: mustard seed, spiced marmalade, peeled paint, salty ocean distress stains (Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah solar white cardstock
Also: turquoise grosgrain ribbon

10 Comments on “Tulip festival time”

  1. Jan D., FL, USA says:

    I know what you mean about the pesky little squirrels, but we have a lot of them and we do enjoy watching them play. They have managed to destroy a number of my outdoor tropical plants, but what’s a person to do?

    Loved your card today….really pretty. Tulips are one of my favorites, but I have never tried planting them in our hot climate….they always seem to show up at the big box stores every year, but I think they would be doomed in this climate. Maybe my thumbs aren’t green enough to know about them.

    Have a great day and thanks for sharing your talent.

  2. Jan Castle says:

    Your tulips do look good enough to eat….but shame on that squirrel!!!! TFS your gorgeous art piece Heather!
    Paper Hugs,

  3. craftytreen says:

    I love these tulips! so gorgeous! hugs, treen

  4. Thanks for the heads up on the dauber stain bottles! I know I will be the only one out here in the universe who thinks the distress oxide inks are not pleasing to me, but I will be happy that I don’t feel the need to purchase them, which my pocket book will be happy about!

  5. Pat says:

    These tulips are such a beautiful colour and the blue round the edges and for the ribbon complements the yellow and the orange perfectly. Gorgeous Heather! x

  6. Sherry says:

    Bright and beautiful!

  7. Verna says:

    Heather, Thank you for sharing more of your work.
    The colors you chose are perfect for yellow tupils. The way the card is put together with the blue ribbon makes it so vibrant. Love love love it. Are you doing this card at your next class? I have the stamp already from Crop awhile in Orleans.

  8. Lindsey says:

    I suppose you can at least be glad your squirrel didn’t steal the tulip bulb in the fall? These tulips look beautiful with the distress stain colouring.

  9. Cath says:

    I, too, have watched a squirrel eat my tulips, or actually nip it off just below the blossom and leave it. Couldn’t even pick it up and stick it in a vase.
    Well, the joy of your card is no squirrel can mess with it. Sooooo pretty. My tulips are already spent, so I welcome these beautiful ones. They’re so convincingly 3D. Love the way you did the ribbon embellishment, too. Thanks for the how to and inspiration.

  10. Oh those pesky squirrel’s, this is beautiful!

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