Today’s card features a large outline stamp from Penny Black called ‘unforgettable’. When I read the stamp name I can’t help but start singing the Nat King Cole song, even if only in my head. I positioned the stamp to cover half the card front but if used on a landscape oriented card it would almost fill the whole front. I used one of my tried and true techniques to watercolour the image with distress inks.

I worked with a panel of hot pressed watercolour paper in the stamp positioner and inked components of the design with distress inks and markers. I ink the outlines as accurately as possible with the ink colour I’m going to paint that section with. I inked some of the flowers with seedless preserves and others with wild honey. The leaves are bundled sage with some forest moss ink. When painting the petals I blended ink from the outline, and when that wasn’t enough picked up some from my glass mat where I smoosh the inkpad.

I enjoy doing no-line watercolour with a pale ink like antique linen distress but I also like this method. It can be fiddly inking each flower and leaf in different colours but if you use a mix of markers and ink cubes you can pretty good coverage. I always have a wipe or sponge on hand to wipe ink off the stamp if it’s gone out of bounds.

The sentiment is from the new ‘million thanks’ set which features two large versions of ‘thank you’ and two of ‘thanks’. The rest of the set is phrases to be paired with ‘thank you’.Ā  I have much to be thankful for right now as I am safe at home with most of my family knowing my eldest is safe at home elsewhere. We have what we need and know that isn’t the case for everyone. I hope you are staying healthy, hopeful and home!


11 Comments on “Unforgettable”

  1. Christine Holdsworth says:

    Your cards are always beautiful but this one is exceptional. I am a novice at watercoloring. Is it better to use hot press paper rather than cold press?

  2. Patricia Rowe says:

    You make these flowers bloom joyfully.
    Thank you for details.

  3. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    Lovely and timely. What a beautiful card. Its simplicity is deceptive, I suspect that took concentration and time. And what a rewarding outcome. Whomever receives this will feel very appreciated.

  4. Lagene says:

    Gorgeous no line watercoloring! Stay well.

  5. Pat says:

    What a fabulous look Heather and I adore the colours you have chosen with the pretty pinks and yellows, and the straight to stamp with inks and markers always looks beautiful and perfectly done by you. x

  6. Clelie says:

    What a gorgeous card!!! I just purchased this stamp because of the sweet floral layout, to play with during this confinement…now I am excited to ‘get to it’! I never thought of using my Distress Markers to individually color the line art! Thank you, Heather, for keeping us inspired during this challenging time. My son works in the health care industry and two weeks ago, he set his family (all my GrandBabies šŸ˜¦ ) aside from physical contact with us ‘old ones’ and asked that we ‘stay home’ and stay safe. My husband’s and my part time jobs just closed…so I purchased some Penny Blacks and the new Atelier Inks in preparation for this down time! Glad to know you and yours are well…and thank you again for all you do to feed our Creativity! ā™„ā™„ā™„

  7. dlp454 says:

    Beautiful. I love the subtle changes in color throughout.

  8. Renee V says:

    Wow !!! Just like the stamp name, this card is Unforgettable! Thank you for your thorough tutorial, I can’t wait to get home and try this one šŸ™‚

  9. Pamela G says:

    Delicate and beautiful. Thank you, Heather.

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