My final springy card for this week features this lovely big flower in two of my favourite distress stains, chipped sapphire and seedless preserves. I stamped this one on cold pressed watercolour paper so once again having the panel in a stamp positioner helped me get a good impression. I inked first with chipped sapphire over parts of the flower, stamped, wiped off the stamp and inked sections again but this time with seedless preserves. I ended up with some blue flowers, some pink and some a purple mix.

I blended the petals of all the flowers with a damp brush and let them all dry. I was going to leave all the centres white but it didn’t look right so I ended up painting them all darker with undiluted stain. To create a soft textured background I dropped a few drops of water around the flower then partially stamped the script stamp in the same ink stains. I dabbed out some ink with a paper towel and added some splatter as well. To frame the whole panel I ran the seedless preserves dauber around the edges then softened the colour with a damp brush.

To complete the card I stamped a sentiment on a fancy little die cut banner and popped it up over the stem of the flower.


Stamps: exquisite, script, banner sentiment (Penny Black)

Die: birds & banners

Inks: chipped sapphire & seedless preserves distress stains, majestic blue versafine ink

Paper: cold & hot pressed watercolour paper


6 Comments on “Exquisite”

  1. Paula D Vescovo says:

    Beautiful!!! Except now I have to have the lilac stamp! Thanks for sharing.

  2. dianne vescovo says:


  3. Pat says:

    This is gorgeous Heather and this looks like a Hydrangia flower which often do have pink and blue within the flowers so beautifully done. I love the added script and splatters, and the bit of complementary colour around the edges. x

  4. Karen Jackson says:

    Exquisite is the correct description of this perfectly coloured flower. It is a statement flower on its own needing only a hint of something else which you have delicately provided with the blotted script. Wonderful.

  5. ND says:

    I was about to add a comment as I, too think it is a Hydrangea like the beautiful large multi-coloured heads that grew at Maroo Street. Your grandad would be delighted with the card. By the way, I am visiting there next Saturday. The new owners have invited me to view the renovations.

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