Summer Dream

Penny Black has a selection of magnolia stamps including ‘Summer Dream’, featured on today’s card. I used a memento inkpad and distress markers to colour it, making use of a stamp positioning tool to let me add colour little by little.

I inked the whole stamp with memento angel pink ink and stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper. Angel pink is a very pale ink so it is good for layering over.  I used worn lipstick, picked raspberry and aged mahogany distress markers to build up detail and shading on the flowers then peeled paint and forest moss markers to create two toned leaves. I finished off the flowers by drawing the stamen with a black marker. I added gathered twigs and black soot marker to the twigs and stems to complete the image. When I ink with dye based markers I spritz the stamp lightly before stamping so the colour begins to blend on the stamp. I sometimes use a damp brush to blend on the paper also.

The sentiment from ‘Smile today!’ is stamped in versafine clair nocturne and the panel popped up on foam over a natural coloured card base.


Stamps: summer dream, smile today

Distress markers: worn lipstick, picked raspberry, aged mahogany, gathered twigs, peeled paint, forest moss, black soot

Ink: angel pink memento, nocturne versafine clair

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper

Also: white foam

3 Comments on “Summer Dream”

  1. Pat says:

    This magnolia is beautifully done Heather using the distress markers and blending with a little water on the stamp works beautifully, and it is not too loose which seems to really suit this stamp, and such pretty colours and a great sentiment too. x

  2. lollthompson says:

    This is gorgeous Heather. I bought this same image and watercoloured it last week. Haven’t had a chance to make it into a card yet. I was happy with mine until I saw your version. 🙂 You really bring the flowers to life. Such amazing watercolouring skills Heather! xx

  3. Anne says:

    Such a beautiful and stunning card which will bless someone richly! You are very skilled mon amie and you inspire us to create! Your art certainly captures the beauty of the magnolia, such a beautiful tree created by God for our pleasure and His delight!

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