Farm Fresh Lavender

I am hoping I can fill a couple of jugs with lavender this summer. A couple of years back a friend split her lavender and gave me two plants which were coming along well last year and I hope will be even stronger and more full this year. When I have flowers in the garden I am always torn when deciding whether to cut them and bring some inside or just enjoy them outside where they will probably last longer.

To create this little scene I used two stamps from the new Penny Black ‘farm fresh’ set and the ‘brick wall’ background stamp. I worked in a stamp positioner to create this panel. I stamped the jugs first with wild honey and tea dye distress inks. After blending the ink with water I added shadow with walnut stain ink. I used both bundled sage and rustic wilderness for the stems and a mix of milled lavender (of course) and dusty concord for the flowers.

Because I had done the jugs first I stamped and cut little masks from post-it notes to make it easier to stamp a brick wall behind them. I used tea dye to stamp the brick wall then started blending the tea dye ink to fill the bricks. I sprinkled a very small amount of sandstone brusho over the wall and started blending it in random bricks. This resulted in the warm orange bricks you see. I also added walnut stain ink to a few bricks for a darker look.

I blended antique linen and walnut ink in the foreground and painted pale shadows below the jugs. The card is finished with a sentiment from the new PB ‘love big’ stamp set.

Just in case you wondered at me thinking about cutting flowers from my garden, I’m just dreaming; it is definitely still covered in snow!


7 Comments on “Farm Fresh Lavender”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    Still snow! Goodness. You certainly captured a lovely lavender potted plant for spring. I knew you would do something incredible with that stamp. Love the brick wall, too.
    Thanks for details.


  2. so pretty, love that brick background with them!

  3. Jan Castle says:

    Sometimes dreaming keeps us going. Your dream is just beautiful!

  4. nancystiz says:

    This is SO well done! The variation in the brick is fantastic as is your fabulous watercolor on the flower jugs and flowers. I also love the warm colors you used to create this. We are still cold here too.

  5. Bonnie says:

    These jugs of lavender are so pretty against the gorgeous painted brick background, Heather! I’m the same way about cutting flowers. I think I enjoy them in the yard even more than in the house.

  6. Pat says:

    These two vases of lavender are just beautiful and I love the colours of the vases, like wonderful pieces of pottery, and the lavender colour is just perfect, and the different colours you have blended into the brick wall make it look so realistic as backdrop Heather. A gorgous card. x

  7. […] so I am chatting about this card over on their blog too! I posted a card the other day featuring two sweet jugs of lavender. The jugs were two separate stamps from the new PB ‘farm fresh’ set; this is the third […]

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