Captivating Blue

I’ve been creating backgrounds for landscape stamping lately often by smooshing a few inks on my glass mat, diluting the ink then swiping the watercolour paper through it. The background for this floral card was done the same way and features faded jeans and kitsch flamingo distress inks plus some scattered salt for subtle patterns.

I stamped the Penny Black ‘captivating’ stamp in Catherine Pooler ‘juniper mist’ ink then blended the stamped ink to fill all the lower petals of the fuchsias. I painted the upper petals with kitsch flamingo and the leaves with CP eucalyptus ink. For the tips of the little stamen I used a white gel pen.

With all the pattern in the background I kept the sentiment simple with part of a stamp from the PB ‘carefree wishes’ set in CP juniper mist.

This stamp features in one of the lessons included in my Floral Faves online class where I teach a range of techniques for use with floral stamps. It’s a self paced class where you can access the video content at your own convenience.


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7 Comments on “Captivating Blue”

  1. Loll says:

    WOW! Gorgeous card Heather. LOVE the smooshed background and the beautiful colours you’ve used for the blooms. The salt adds some lovely visual texture. xx

  2. Danielle says:

    Love it. Thank you so much for the instructions too.

  3. nancystiz says:

    What fabulous colors on this one! Love that background and how you were able to work on the darker colors. As always your painting is captivating and so beautifully done!

  4. Pat says:

    The limited palette is beautiful and the smooshed background with the added salt makes for a pretty and interesting look Heather, and the watercolouring is just perfect. I love the way you have kept the blue to the left where most of the flowers are and the lighter pink to the right half which gives such wonderful light. x

  5. creatingincolors says:

    So dreamy and beautiful!

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    This is lovely Heather.Love the salt induced patterns in the background. We need reminding of techniques like that occasionally.

  7. Clelie says:

    Wow…what a beautiful card! Those colours blended into such striking and rich shades. ♥

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