A Grevillea Challenge

My father lives not too far from Darkroom Door in NSW, Australia. When I knew he was coming to visit this summer I asked him to pick up some new stamps and bring them over. Not only did he bring what I’d ordered he also studied the stamps and came up with a challenge for me. I completed the challenge a while ago but the busyness of our summer has meant that I am only now getting this post written. Below you will see my dad’s words then I will wrap up at the end.

The Grevillea is a beautiful Australian Native Plant found across the continent and popular in many home gardens. There are many varieties from low ground hugging varieties to shrubs both small and large, sparse and thick. Their flowers are both small, individual and delicate as well as thickly clustered with the appearance of large flower heads. The bright colour of their flowers covers most of the spectrum, attracting many birds, particularly colourful parrots and lorikeets seeking nectar from their flowers and camouflage protection amongst their leaves and branches They tolerate hot seasons, have low water needs in comparison to many plants and have an extended floral season. They are very popular in home gardens as well as parks and their native bushland settings. The grevillea is frequently portrayed on Australian greeting cards and seems to be popular in all seasons. The beautiful range of colour and form seems to relate to a range of sentiments for both personal and seasonal occasions.

The sentiment stamps from Darkroom Door demonstrate that a message, be it seasonal or personal, happy or sad, celebrating or apologizing, or much more, can be expressed in a great variety of ways.
My suggestion to Heather, or was it a stampers’ challenge, was that, before she cuts either of the new stamps into individual stamps, she design a card using at least two of the grevillea images and at least half the sentiment expressions from one of her new stamps. She has agreed to the suggestion and I am confident she will rise to the challenge. What follows is Heather’s response to her dad and her explanatory notes for you, her fellow stampers.

For this first card I based my colour choices on the grevillea juniperina sulphurea . I used distress inks and markers to ink first the flowers then the tips in scattered straw, wild honey and spiced marmalade. I stamped the main image and, without re-inking, stamped pale images behind. The leaves and stem are stamped in peeled paint, again first and second generation stamping. As stated in the challenge I kept the sentiment stamps together (they still are) and stamped the strip three times across the card base in memento desert sand ink. To finish I splattered some spiced marmalade stain, matted with a mustard cardstock and added some linen twine.

The colour scheme for this second grevillea card is based on the grevillea superb. This time I aimed to keep the tips of the petals yellow while the rest was red. I inked the whole flower in love letter and rhubarb stalk ink to fill the centre of the flowers with colour. Then, to preserve  the tips I wiped ink off the ends of the petals and stamped. To finish the flower I added dandelion ink to the tips of the petals and stamped again. To get background images I spritzed the stamp and got a second generation image behind. For this one the leaves and stems were stamped in memento olive grove ink.

To make one sentiment stand out from the strip I first stamped the whole strip in dandelion ink then placed tape either side of the target words on the panel. I inked again with olive grove ink on the smaller section and stamped over the yellow.

I chose an olive cardstock to frame the panel and finish the card.

I hope you enjoyed my response to my dad’s challenge. If you have kept stamps together for projects rather than separate them I would love to hear about or see your designs. I am also interested to see more colour schemes for the grevilleas. I’ve taken inspiration from a few different grevillea so far and have another couple of approaches to share later in the week!


Stamps: grevilleas, happy birthday (DD)

Card 1 Inks: scattered straw, peeled paint, wild honey, spiced marmalade distress inks & markers, desert sand memento ink
Card 2 Inks: dandelion, love letter, rhubarb stalk, olive grove memento inks &  markers
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock, green cardstock, mustard cardstock

Also: stamping platform, linen twine

17 Comments on “A Grevillea Challenge”

  1. nancystiz says:

    Heather, you are so lucky not only to have a dad who supports your hobby, but is eloquent and appreciates the arts. This post is so special! Love how you took him up on his challenge and created two gorgeous cards. Love these!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Nancy, he is very supportive of my creative endeavours and visited my workroom on several occasions to see my set up and process and also dropped in on one of my classes while he was here.

  2. Shauna Todd says:

    These are lovely, Heather! Your father’s challenge is just like a Dad, isn’t it?… challenging his daughter is a testament of his love and pride in you! I think it is wonderful.

  3. bonklassgmailcom says:

    Both cards are beautiful and I think it’s delightful that your dad posed a challenge for you! Very special card designs, Heather, and a special dad too.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Bonnie, he is always keen to see Australian themes in my cards so it was great to step up to his challenge with these stamps and fun to have him here at my house while I was making the cards.

  4. Pat says:

    What beautiful cards and your Dad’s suggestion for using the sentiment plate is definitely a winner. How lovely that your Dad appreciates what you do and gives great support to your art. Perhaps you get your artistic flair from him? x

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Pat, my dad also makes cards featuring his original photographs and then takes time to match the photo to the recipient sending a remembrance of a special time or place.

  5. Mimi says:

    Heather, I love these stamps. I think you met your dad’s challenge head-on. One for you and one for your dad for coming out with the challenge. Very special indeed.

  6. Mariette Desrosiers says:

    very nice effect of lightness of this stamping, bravo, I love the 2 cards

  7. Jan Castle says:

    WOW Heather….what a special memory….makes my heart soar to know your DAD is so special (as is his daughter)! Thank you to him and to you for sharing. I received my set after seeing your first post, but have not had an opportunity to ink them up – YET!!! I appreciate this post showcasing your inspiration – nice reminder to get my ‘Grevillea’ stamps out!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan in Salem, Oregon, USA

  8. Karen Jackson says:

    I love both these joyful cards heather and would not have thought of stamping a sentiment strip as bought. In answering your Dad’s challenge you have given us two lots of inspiration in one post. How great to have a Dad like him.

  9. Liz Jones in New Hampshire says:

    Wonderful cards, techniques, and Dad! Great to see these Aussie flowers, too. And now that your Dad knows his way to the stamps…..

  10. ND says:

    Clearly your fellow stampers believe you have fulfilled the challenge – and so do I.
    The colours are beautiful, soft and true, and very ‘grevillea’.
    I wondered how you might deal with second part of the challenge, using the total sentiment platform.
    You tell me that, amongst all the good wishes that might be expressed, there is one that stands out on this occasion – “Wishing you a fabulous day”, and that has been well fulfilled right through this past week..
    To you, Heather, and all your fellow stampers “Wishing you a fabulous day” with many more beautiful creations.

  11. Pat Gasko says:

    I always love whatever you design and look forward to seeing what’s next. But these cards are extra beautiful and extra special. A special Dad and a special Daughter both so very talented. I’ve never seen or heard of the Grevillea flower and thanks to you and your challenge I now know about them. I will be ordering that lovely set of stamps and sentiments. Hope I can do as much justice on my cards as you did. Thanks for sharing and making my day fabulous.

  12. jmhave44 says:

    These flowers are amazingly beautiful, and work so nicely with the inks you’ve used. So interesting reading the creative process, and you certainly met the challenge in such a stunning way for each card. These florals would be perfect for DI markers, Memento, Tombows, crayons, and zigs. I love, love how you’ve used the sentiment to stamp the backgrounds. Very inspiring…very lovely. TFS

  13. Rachel Greig says:

    These are stunning Heather!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s