Popped up grevillea

I have a second grevillea card today featuring another of the flowers from the Darkroom Door ‘grevilleas’ set. (you can see my first one here) There are many different shapes, sizes and colours of grevilleas; this one I coloured to look like the ‘coastal sunset grevillea’. To get my background grevilleas I stamped ‘wet into wet’. I painted water over a piece of cold pressed watercolour paper, inked my stamps with distress stains and stamped onto the wet panel. The ink immediately bled into the surrounding area giving me a loose watery image. I blotted the panel with paper towel to stop the ink from moving too much and to soften the depth of colour. I painted a little blue stain around the edges.

I wanted the foreground images to be sharper so I dried the panel with a heat tool. In order to keep the tips of the grevillea yellow and the rest of the styles red, I stamped first in yellow then in red but I wiped red stain off the ends. I used one of the foliage stamps and inked it with two greens for a more realistic look. I spritzed ever so slightly to make the inks blend a little but not so much as to loose the definition in the detailed stamp.

Once my panel was complete, stamped with one sentiment from the new ‘happy birthday’ strip, I cut across the panel to separate the piece containing the sentiment so I could pop it up on a piece of foam.


Stamps: grevilleas, happy birthday (DD)

Inks: mowed lawn, peeled paint, scattered straw, festive berries, tumbled glass distress stains, nocturne versafine clair

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock

Also: adhesive backed foam


4 Comments on “Popped up grevillea”

  1. Pat says:

    Your Grevillea flowers are so bright snd beautiful Heather, and the piece with the lovely sentiment cut out and popped up is a great look, and a wonderful idea to keep the edges of the flowers and the foreground foliage sharper. x

  2. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous, I love the “out of focus” background flowers and the crisp ones in front!

  3. ND says:

    Another great card!.

    I have enjoyed watching Heather at work on her cards over recent weeks, and the opportunity to meet some of her ‘pupils’ and fellow card makers in one of her popular classes.
    As an Aussie, the grevillea is one of my favourite flowers and we have had them in our garden in former locations. They also grow prolifically and with many bright colours in bushland settings..

    I think Heather has captured a characteristic of the grevillea in the out of focus background. As the flower head matures, a gentle wind will sometimes create a momentary ‘cloud’ of pollen like an aura around the flower head.

    I look forward to the remaining grevillea card creations.


  4. Love the colours you chose for this gorgeous cards!

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