Tropical florescence

This is the second appearance of the beautiful hibiscus stamp from Penny Black (it’s called Florescence and it’s a stunner) and I’ve been working with it behind the scenes as I complete my next online class. To create this tropical look I smooshed worn lipstick and wild honey inks on my glass mat and spritzed water over them until they ran together then took a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper and swiped it through the diluted inks. To get good coverage and blends I tilted and spritzed more water on the panel then left it to dry.
With the panel in a stamp positioner I inked the large hibiscus and buds with worn lipstick ink stamped then inked the rest of the stamp with antique linen so I could see the whole image for some no-line watercolour. I painted one petal at a time with worn lipstick ink adding more towards the center of the flower. For the buds I used a mix of worn lipstick and wild honey.

For the leaves I stamped and painted with rustic wilderness distress and sometimes added worn lipstick to the blend so I’d have variation in the leaf colours.

That little sentiment seemed to lend itself to the tropical, surf shop vibe so I stamped once in worn lipstick, then moved the panel ever so slightly down so I could stamp again in white to create a drop shadow look. I definitely dried it and used an anti static tool before sprinkling the white embossing powder over the words otherwise it could have all ended up white.

I’m so excited to have another online class in the works; the projects are all filmed so it’s editing time, supply list creating time and intro filming time. I’ll have more details, dates and sneak peaks for you soon!


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8 Comments on “Tropical florescence”

  1. Loll says:

    Gorgeous card Heather. Love the smooshed colours in the background and your amazing depth of colour for the flowers and leaves. I’m so behind and haven’t finished the Winter course yet, and have the Colour Clues in the wings waiting. I better get on these! 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more about your upcoming class! xx

    • Heather says:

      Thank so much, Loll. I know you are very busy creating gorgeous cards and doing all that admin for the wonderful challenges so I’m not surprised you run out of time!

  2. Patricia Rowe says:

    Lovely colors.
    Looking forward to your class. You are keeping us in suspense.
    Tish Rowe

  3. nancystiz says:

    Love the glorious colors on this as well as your impeccable painting of that blossom. This is gorgeous! Anxious too to hear about your new class!

  4. Pat says:

    Beautiful hot tropical colours for the hibiscus flowers Heather and love the variation of greens for the leaves, and the slight shadow effect on the sentiment looks great. x

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