Thank you for your lovely feedback about yesterday’s flower lanterns. Today’s card features a different stamp from the Penny Black ‘Poetic’ release but a similar technique. Although I love working with distress stains, at times I go for the markers instead because I can apply colour to smaller sections with more accuracy. I used markers today beginning with a picked raspberry distress marker for the petals and buds and stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper using a stamp positioning tool. I blended the raspberry ink with water, let it dry then stamped again with raspberry but only where I wanted darker shading. To add even darker areas I painted seedless preserves distress stain directly on the roses and buds.

Once the roses were dry I switched to forest moss distress marker and inked the stems and leaves. After stamping I once again blended with water and added extra ink for definition and shading. Finally I stamped the rosehips with candied apple distress ink and blended them.

After completing one complete stamped image I decided to add more roses but this time leave out the rosehips and leaves. A stamp positioner makes this straightforward as I was able to ink only the parts I wanted to stamp and again build up my colour and shading in the same way as for the first roses.

To finish the panel I splattered a mix of picked raspberry and seedless preserves ink over the panel then added a sentiment. I have mentioned before how important colour matching is to me and I wanted a forest moss coloured sentiment but I wanted to use the crisper versafine pigment ink to achieve it. Using the stamp positioner yet again I stamped congratulations in Spanish moss versafine then over the top in vintage sepia versafine and ended up with just the right shade of green.

I will be back tomorrow with some more brushstroke beauty from Penny Black’s Poetic release


Stamps: lustrous, banner sentiments (PB)
Inks: picked raspberry, seedless preserves, forest moss, candied apple distress markers and stains (Ranger) Spanish moss & vintage sepia versafine ink (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, pink cardstock

9 Comments on “Lustrous”

  1. Tami says:

    Wow stunning Heather! Love your watercoloring so much!

  2. Your cards are always so beautiful, Heather. I use this technique also – it’s one of my favorites.

  3. Heidi says:

    Another stunning design!

  4. Pat says:

    These rose stems look fantastic painted with the Distress markers Heather and you have managed to get the watercolour look without losing any of the detail. I love the colours too. x

  5. Ginger says:

    Your work is breathtaking. Exquisite.

  6. Jan Castle says:

    Totally STUNNING Heather! TFS how you did this – love it!
    Paper Hugs,

  7. Beautiful, like how you explained the process you used!!

  8. Lisa Ainscough says:

    Wow, just love your work.
    As a colourist I find your attention to detail amazing.

  9. cherylquilts says:

    Heather, this is gorgeous, and I so appreciate your sharing the details of how you colored this beautiful stamp. What a stunning card! Hugs!

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