Blooming Big

As the title hints, the stamp is called ‘blooming’ and it’s a big one. I mentioned in my previous post how much I enjoy working with the large floral outline stamps from Penny Black. I stamped ‘blooming’ twice side by side in a landscape orientation. The stamp is almost as wide as it is high but I haven’t included all the stems on this card.

Before I stamped I smooshed distress inks on a glass mat, diluted them and swiped my watercolour panel through the ink to create a soft blurry background. Once the panel dried I stamped in archival ground espresso ink then painted the flowers with the same inks I had used in the background, abandoned coral and fossilized amber. To make the flowers bolder so they would stand out from the background I painted another layer of ink then added deeper colours to part of each petal. All the inks are listed and linked below.

I painted the centres in ground espresso distress ink then used brown and black markers to go over the flower centre details and add more veins to the petals. I added highlights with a white gel pen and once again decided against a sentiment for now.

The techniques used in today’s and Monday’s card are featured in my online class Floral Faves.

And in other news, filming has begun for my next online class. I am excited to share more about it soon!

7 Comments on “Blooming Big”

  1. marilyn418 says:

    Stunning! Love the idea of smooshing the background first & then stamping…such a beautiful effect….

  2. Jan Castle says:

    Lovely work of art Heather!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  3. Pat says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Heather and the wonderful smooshed background and the prettily coloured flowers really give the sense of a hot summer’s day. x

  4. nancystiz says:

    This one reminds me of a glorious morning in summer. Love that background with your image and your painting is so perfectly done. Love this!

  5. Lou Wittmer says:

    Hi Heather!

    I love your work and have been following you for many years. I would be interested in purchasing your class as listed in your email, however I don’t have PayPal. Nor can I sign up for it due to my account being hacked over a decade ago and I have yet to get PayPal to realize it wasn’t me (long story). I do have a Visa card. Is there any way to pay with a credit card? Or Venmo?

    Thank you for your time.

    Lou Wittmer Brattleboro, VT, USA

    Sent from my iPad


  6. nise says:

    So pretty! Your background adds a good setting for your flowers. I enjoying seeing how parts of a larger stamp work sometimes better than using the total image.

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