Flower fantasy blossoms

Blossoms are finally appearing in Ottawa! I even have a daffodil or two in my garden.

There are two blossom stamps on the PB ‘flower fantasy’ set and I paired them up to create this spring card. I used spun sugar distress ink to stamp the blossoms then painted the petals first with spun sugar ink then a second layer with worn lipstick ink. My painting is inside the lines for the first layer but I added the darker layer more loosely just wanting some extra depth in the flowers. I was working in my MISTI so I was able to ink the centres in rusty hinge ink and stamp them over the flowers once the painting was dry. This is an example of what is known as ‘no-line watercolouring’. Distress inks are great for this technique as you can stamp with them and then smoosh them on a glass mat or acrylic block and paint with the ink. The original stamped outline blends with the painting making the lines less obvious or disappear entirely. I often use antique linen distress ink for no-line watercolouring but the spun sugar did a good job for today’s panel.

To fill in the design I added some twigs using the ‘winter branches’ stamps and forest moss distress ink. I painted little dabs of shabby shutters and diluted forest moss ink around the twigs to look like leaves budding.

To add some subtle decoration I used the new stitched nested frames dies to cut the stamped panel and the sentiment strip. I stamped the sentiment in peeled paint archival ink; having archival inks in distress colours is a wonderful thing! The sentiment is from the ‘best mom’ stamp set and I think it is so nice to have a ‘we love you’ stamp as this card is going to a friend and will be from our whole family.

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6 Comments on “Flower fantasy blossoms”

  1. Karen Jackson says:

    This card is just lovely, Heather. I am sorry Spring is only just arriving with you. It has been here since Easter and we have lots of colour now. Hopefully it will blossom quickly now that it has begun.

  2. jellybeanerz says:

    Wow. This is just such a beautifully made card! Nicely done!

  3. jillianfoster82 says:

    What a springtime treat to visit your blog this morning, Heather, and find so many wonderful posts filled with gorgeous flowers and your watercoloring magic. Thank you for brightening my day and leaving me inspired, as always!

  4. memalagene says:

    I love your creation! Beautiful no-line watercoloring!

  5. Pat says:

    Another fabulous piece combining stamps and adding some of your own unique touches Heather and love the colours and pretty die cuts which complement it perfectly. x


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