Grevillea aflame

Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my previous post, also featuring the grevillea stamps. I love hearing from you and was very touched by your sweet words about me and my dad.

I’m sharing cards over on the Darkroom Door blog today. If you haven’t visited there you should; there is a collection of amazing artists who share their creations there. I have a couple of grevillea cards to share with you today. One of them not too realistic in colour but still bright and bold like the real thing. I stamped the grevillea in versamark twice and the foliage twice then embossed in silver embossing powder on hot pressed watercolour paper. I sprinkled brilliant red brusho around the flower heads and prussian blue brusho round the perimeter of the panel, spritzed with water and let the brusho activate before adding any more.  I then played around with adding more water and tilting to make paint move. I also used a brush to pick up wet paint from panel to move it to an empty area then let it dry.

For a background I stamped mesh textures stamp four times on white card base with versamark ink (you could use mesh background stamp if you have it to fill card base) and embossed in silver. I stamped a sentiment from happy birthday sentiment strip in versamark on red cardstock and embossed it with silver powder. To complete the card I matted the grevillea panel with red cardstock and attached it to the card base.

For this more realistic colour scheme I painted a circle in wild honey distress stain on cold pressed watercolour paper and let it dry. Then I painted scattered straw distress stain over whole panel and let that dry. I inked the large grevillea flower in wild honey, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade and forest moss distress stains, spritzed stamp then stamped on the watercolour panel. I repeated by spritzing the stamp to get a paler impression then followed the same procedure to fill the base of the panel with flowers. I inked the foliage stamp with forest moss distress ink, stamped and restamped for bold and paler images.

To finish I stamped a sentiment from ‘happy birthday’ set in rusty hinge distress ink then trimmed and attached the panel to natural white card base.


Stamps: grevilleas, happy birthday, mesh textures (DD)
Card 1 Inks: versamark

Card 2 Inks: wild honey, scattered straw, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade, forest moss distress stains, rusty hinge distress ink
Paint: brilliant red, prussian blue brusho

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white cardstock, neenah solar white, red cardstock

Also: stamping platform, silver embossing powder


8 Comments on “Grevillea aflame”

  1. mjmarmo says:

    These are so pretty!

  2. Pat says:

    Two more gorgeous cards Heather, the first so dramatic and love the silver embossing on the image and the background, and then the second so bright and sunny especially with the sun so large and a really wonderful and dominant part of the scene. x

  3. Jan Castle says:


  4. Karen Jackson says:

    Just wonderful! I love the drama in the brusho card, and the heat just radiates out from the sunny one. All the grevillea cards this week have been special.

  5. jmhave44 says:

    Hi Heather, Thanks for your sweet comments on my card. I’m not getting any notification when you post these days, and when Life gets busy, I forget to visit! I’ve been missing seeing your fabulous work. I am awed by the image done with the brusho-s. The colors are so bold and beautiful. I enjoyed reading how you moved the brusho crystals around to achieve that background. #2 is equally marvelous, with the golden glow of sunshine and the lovely row of flowers in the foreground. TFS & This is one pretty floral image.

  6. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous cards! I am curious, do you spray “set” your watercolor and Brusho colored cards when you are finished to protect them from accidental moisture? And if so what product do you use? use?

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