Floral Birthday

In my last post I shared a Christmas card featuring loose watercolour; the style of this card is even looser and was done with a few of the distress stain daubers I still have in my stash. Although I used techniques I’d devised years ago, this card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest recently. I followed the link and read through the whole post on the Tattered Nest Designs blog and combined some of her techniques with mine to create this very vintage floral birthday card.

I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper with gathered twigs and seedless preserves distress stains. I still have those two colours in the daubers but you could use ink pads or spray stains on a glass mat or craft mat to get similar results. Check out the Tattered Nest post to read how she did it with spray stains. I inked the PB ‘companions’ stamp with both distress stains and stamped on the corners of my watercolour paper panel. I dried the stain with a heat tool then started blending loosely with water and a paintbrush. If the ink was too intense I would use more water or dab it with a paper towel, if too pale I would add more stain with the paintbrush.

Once the flowers were loosely blended I inked the PB script background stamp with the same inks, spritzed it and stamped off on scrap paper. I spritzed it again with water before stamping a diluted print on the panel. You can see I also added splatter and created a sentiment on a small piece coloured with the same inks.

To finish the card I added splatter and some extra painting with rose gold pearlescent paint. You can see the gold border around the little tag in the close up above. Inspired by the Tattered Nest projects I sewed around the edge of the panel and then tore a strip of fabric to make a frayed ribbon sash.

Progress continues on my new online class; I’ve been gazing at the computer screen for days. I’m excited to share it with you very soon!


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10 Comments on “Floral Birthday”

  1. Liz Chartrand says:

    Love the colours!

  2. Pat says:

    You do this style so brilliantly Heather and again your colour combination looks so different but is beautiful. This stamp is one I definitely have on my wishlist and I love the way you used just the flowers without the vase to frame the card. x

  3. Dennis Walker says:

    Heather, So appreciate your tips, ideas, and giving us another idea for using this stamp!

    Renee walker

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Bonnie says:

    I would not have thought to use gathered twigs for flowers but wow! It works beautifully with the seedless preserves for a beautiful vintage card!

  5. nancystiz says:

    Your colors on this as well as your technique immediately stole my attention. How beautiful this is. It’s a technique I struggle with. Love the loose watercolor as well as your fabulous background. Just gorgeous!

  6. Patricia Rowe says:

    When I first saw this, i immediately thought vintage. Then when I read your tutorial, I was right. Such a quaint and romantic design.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    Once again such a beautiful card Heather.Your style is to make the finished card look effortless and it belies your vision and many stages that have been worked through to achieve the vision. It will be a very special and lucky person that receives this vintage treasure.

  8. Loll says:

    Gorgeous card Heather. LOVE these two colours together. The loose watercolouring is perfect for a vintage look. Thank you for the inspiration! xx

  9. Nancy Littrell says:

    Love your loose watercolored vintage card design for your open designed flowers, Heather. Your choice of colors were perfect for your vintage design:-) TFS my friend. Love and Hugs…Nancy

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