Dazzling postcard

I am sharing these tulip cards over on the Foiled Fox blog today. You know I like it over there, I enjoy the inspiration on their blog, the range of products in their store and the interaction with the Foiled Fox staff and their readers. Make sure you pop over there.

To create a vintage background I smooshed antique linen distress ink on a glass mat then spritzed water over the ink before swiping a hot pressed watercolour panel through the it. I dried the panel before repeating the step. Next I inked the ‘script’ background stamp in antique linen ink, spritzed it then stamped it on one side of the panel. I let everything dry before moving onto the tulips. The stamp is a new one from Penny Black called ‘dazzle’; it is large and features two tulips and two buds. Neither of today’s cards show you the whole stamp; I was after the look of patterned paper rather than a complete image. You will see the whole stamp on another card in the future.

I inked the stamp with scattered straw, wild honey and forest moss distress ink, spritzed it lightly then stamped over the edges of the panels. I also wiped ink off the stamp before pressing it down so the tulips would appear to be floating not anchored to the base of the panel. On the second card I blended over the stamped tulips with water to create a transparent look but on the card above I left them looking ‘lacey’. After the ink dried I splattered both panels with wild honey and forest moss inks.

To finish the card above I stamped part of the new ‘vintage postcard’ stamp in vintage photo archival ink. On the card below I added some hemp twine and a popped up sentiment panel also stamped on ‘aged-looking’ paper.

You have already seen this sentiment once this week; it does seem appropriate for the uncertain circumstances we are experiencing right now. I made both cards before the virus situation escalated in North America but I hope having these cards and those words end up on the blog this week is an encouragement to you.

In the close up above you can see clearly the variation of colour achieved by picking up diluted antique linen ink on my watercolour panel; there seems to be a purply tone in there! I love this kind of background and it is so easy to do. Thank you for dropping by today. I appreciate you all and am encouraged to hear that these posts are providing you with some inspiration during a difficult time.


11 Comments on “Dazzling postcard”

  1. Pat says:

    Two beautiful cards Heather and I love the stronger colour but more fragmented versus the softer looking more watered down colour on the second, but the flowers looking more solid, both so pretty, and the postcard stamp gives a great finished look on the first, and then then the twine and the lovely sentiment are perfect on the second. Take care. x

  2. Vicki B says:

    These cards are just beautiful and the sentiment truly is one we need right now with these uncertain times. It’s a time when I am grateful that I enjoy making cards because I don’t feel any need to leave the house.

  3. jellybeanerz says:

    Dazzling indeed! Such beautiful work! Happy Friday!

  4. marilyn418 says:

    Fabulous! Actually I thought the first card WAS a postcard which is a really neat idea! Love that it was a regular card too…your technique is wonderful…will have to “try” it! Always enjoy your artwork…

  5. Hilary says:

    Heather I love all your cards. They are amazing. I so enjoy seeing your posts come up. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks Hilary

  6. Elizabeth Jones says:

    Lovelovelove!!! And yes, thank you for your support, sharing your inspiration during this interesting time for all of us. You are treasured.

  7. jillianfoster82 says:

    I love the buttery yellow and soft vintage look of both of these cards, Heather. So easy on the eyes and calming to view. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lagene says:

    Oops lovely card and post card!

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