It seems that Penny Black always includes a poppy or two in a spring release. This large stamp is called ‘brilliant’ and I think the mix of flowers, leaves and seed heads is just lovely. I chose to do no-line watercolour with soft stone ink and peerless paints.

I stamped the large image in Papertrey Ink ‘soft stone’ then worked with rose red, mountain green, golden yellow and warm sepia peerless paints. If you haven’t heard of Peerless Watercolour paints take a look at the video I made about them a few years back.

I wondered about adding background pattern or blended ink but left it clean except for the simple ‘vintage touch’ die-cut. The vintage touch set has two fancy banners as well as two dies that cut negative space banner patterns. I finished off the centre of the poppy with a black marker.

I am still undecided about the lack of background and sentiment; what do you think?


18 Comments on “Brilliant”

  1. Jayne says:

    It’s a lovely work of art. Keep it as is.

  2. Carolyn McLellan says:

    It is beautiful, no change.

  3. Gorgeous, simple. The flower jumps out at you. As-is.

  4. cakewizzardhotmailcom says:

    This is beautifully simple and elegant that anything else might spoil the balance. I know I leave a lot of cards without a sentiment so I can choose the right one when it’s needed.

  5. Laura Kate says:

    I agree with the others. The simple white background gives your card the feel of a botanical painting. I like it.

  6. nancystiz says:

    WOW, just WOW! You’ve always done a fabulous job painting but this is exceptional! The artwork is done so well that it stands alone perfectly without a background which may detract from that image. This is so beautiful it looks like a photograph!

  7. marilyn418 says:

    Simply lovely….don’t touch a thing other than a small sentiment if you must. Maybe just sign it! Always look forward to your creations….

  8. Patricia Rowe says:

    I agree that this is beautiful as it is. Like a photograph for sure.
    The coloring is flawless.
    Brilliant is a great name for this stamp.

  9. Ellie Knol says:

    It’s brilliant!

  10. Pat says:

    Poppies are the epitomy of Summer Heather and these are fabulous, and I love the more pinklish tone to them, and finished beautifully with the yellow and black centre to the fully open one and the different green tones to the leaves are perfect, and the die cut vintage banner is a great finishing touch. I think that it needs nothing else. x

  11. Bonnie says:


  12. Karen Jackson says:

    Simply beautiful Heather. These poppies need nothing else. Their clean, clear beauty shines out.

  13. Debbie Gaetz says:

    as always, just beautiful!

  14. nise says:

    Please, no sentiment! What a gorgeous work of art! Your watercolored poppies “speak” far louder than any words could. I have watercolors; I have flower stamps; I have some light ink. I need to try this technique. Thank you for sharing your talents and your inspiration.

  15. […] thank you so much to everyone who left me a message saying nothing more was needed on the recent poppy card. I am so encouraged by you, my kind and generous […]

  16. tonilea says:

    I think it is perfect just as it is

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