Petal Poetry

Introducing ‘petal poetry’ from Penny Black, another floral beauty from the new release ‘Secret Garden’. This one is a brushstroke stamp which means the image is taken from a painted image. I like to stamp each brushstroke stamp I receive in a single colour, just a medium tone, nothing too light or dark, to see all the detail before I start creating with it. Having a monotone print of the image beside me when I work is very helpful. I always use a stamp positioner for this type of image so I can work on a bit at a time and I don’t feel any pressure to ink every bit in the right colour first go.

To create this panel I started by inking the flowers with shaded lilac distress ink and the leaves with peeled paint distress ink, then stamped without any spritzing. With the pale image of the peonies on my hot pressed watercolour panel I inked the edges of the petals in wilted violet distress ink and added forest moss ink to the leaves with a marker then stamped again. From this point on I added ink to the stamp with distress markers to define the petals, I had shaded lilac and dusty concord markers to help show edges and shadows. I did some spritzing of ink on the stamp but also blended the colour on the panel with a paintbrush. To see the sort of process I used check out a couple of my videos with similar stamps (blossom branch and spontaneous joy)


I kept on adding dabs of colour and blending with water until I was happy with the result. With this one I know I stopped myself from spritzing too much so the petals would still have some definition. And I didn’t even splatter! Such restraint! Once it was dry I added the centre of the flowers with a black soot distress marker and stamped a sentiment from ‘million thanks’ in versafine clair nocturne ink.

I hope you are enjoying the new floral stamps from Penny Black; there are indeed other images in the new release and I will eventually tear myself away from the florals to share some with you.


12 Comments on “Petal Poetry”

  1. chrissieann says:

    Absolutely stunning Heather!

  2. Vicki B says:

    You are an artist! The cards is beautiful! I ink this type of stamp and spritz with water but I don’t go any further than that because I tend to ruin them.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for your kind words Vicki. Believe me I have the same experience with too much or not enough water at times. They don’t all work!

  3. Lagene says:

    Gorgeous, thanks for the video links!!

  4. Karen Jackson says:

    Simply beautiful.

  5. Pat says:

    Beautiful purple tones on these pretty flowers Heather and a nice loose watery look. Perfect! x

  6. PaperMorePaper says:

    Thank you, Heather, for the step by step instructions for this gorgeous card. They are inspiring and give promise to those of us who try!

  7. ND says:

    I like it! A very special colour.

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