Flower garden

I was excited to see this stamp at Darkroom Door when I visited last year; I don’t remember ever noticing it before. It appealed at once and I’m happy to say this panel made me very happy. I embossed the large background stamp, ‘flower garden’ on hot pressed watercolour paper with platinum embossing powder (my current fave) then sprinkled two colours of colorburst paint powders lightly over the panel. A little goes a long way with colorburst and considering how much embossing there is I didn’t need much powder.

I spritzed the panel with water and watched it be magical. The two colours were indigo and alizarin crimson; the indigo gave me all the blues along with a tiny spot of green. The alizarin crimson gave me all the pinks and reds and the purples were a mix. I did do some blending with a paint brush just to make sure colour filled all the spaces. I diluted a few areas with water and pulled out some colour with a ‘thirsty brush’ to create some pale areas.

I tried a few different mat colours before picking blue then decided the white card base was a bit stark. To create a platinum border on the card base I ran my tape runner around the edges of the card front then embossed with the same platinum powder. I decided to write my own sentiment but the silver gel pen did not match the platinum embossing powder. I discovered that I could emboss the gel pen writing if I was really quick with the powder and didn’t let the ink dry for even a second.  It might not surprise you to know today’s colours happen to be my favourites.


stamps: flower garden

Ink: versamark

WOW metallic platinum superfine

Paint: Colorburst alizarin crimson & indigo

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah solar white, blue cardstock

14 Comments on “Flower garden”

  1. Pat says:

    This is bright and beautiful Heather and the embossing with the addition of the Colorburst powders is a great combination, and your handwritten and embossed sentiment looks wonderful over the top. I can really see why the stamp caught your eye. x

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Pat, I’m glad you like this. I couldn’t believe the beautiful colours that appeared from a couple of sprinkles of colorburst powder. I guess I had possibly seen this stamp in the past as I have looked through the Darkroom Door website many times but when I saw it in October it just jumped out at me and had to be mine!

  2. creatingincolors says:

    How elegant!

  3. Em says:

    That is absolutely beyond beautiful. Stunning! So much movement and color. Perfect.

  4. Marianne Boulejiouch says:

    This card is absolutely beautiful. Love the technique. Thanks for the embossing tips!!!!!

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    Oh wow! : just fabulous. Love the colour choice.

  6. Lynn leduc says:


  7. Clelie says:

    Oh, Heather…just when you start thinking “I’ve seen it all”…you show us another whole level of mind-boggling GORGEOUSNESS! (That is a word, right!? It fits perfectly! 😀 ) The embossed card edge is so elegant, too! ♥♥♥

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for your enthusiasm; I was thrilled when I saw the colours and patterns that appeared. My dad asked me how long this card took as the painting appears intricate. I feel that I can hardly take credit for the beauty some powder and water created.

  8. WOW! What a beautiful piece of art!

  9. Jan says:

    I want to make this card right now, lol. So beautiful and my favorite colors too.

  10. memalagene says:

    GORGEOUS! I love how the Color Burst coloring!

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