Wildflower field

Wildflowers again today because I love the way this stamp creates such a pretty image when wet and blurred. I left the blue out of the mix this time and stuck with purples. Before stamping the flowers I painted a pale sky on my watercolour panel by adding broken china distress stain to one end of a piece of wet hot pressed watercolour paper then tilting it so the colour drained down into the panel. This technique made some areas blue and others pale like clouds.

Once the sky was dry I inked only the tops of the flower stalks in milled lavender stain, added a few dabs of dusty concord and stamped half way up the panel. I inked again and stamped further down, then to fill the bottom of the panel I inked with the purples and green on the stems. I spritzed both the stamp and the paper lightly before stamping.

To finish it off I added a handlettered sentiment.


Stamps: Wildflowers vol 2 (Darkroom Door)
Inks: milled lavender, dusty concord, forest moss distress stains (Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano) 
Pens or pencils: handmade nib holder (Foiled Fox)


Watercolour wildflowers

I have a couple more wildflower cards today using stamps from the Darkroom Door set, Wildflowers vol 2. I did some wet into wet watercolour stamping to create backgrounds which give the impression of more plants behind the ones featured in the foreground.

I dropped peeled paint, scattered straw and spiced marmalade distress stain onto a wet watercolour panel and let it move around and blend. When it was still damp I inked one of the wildflower stamps in spiced marmalade and peeled paint stain and stamped it on the panel. The image blurred a little but still looked like flowers. I let the panel dry completely before stamping similar but larger flowers in the same stains but with added rusty hinge stain at the base of the flower head.

To give the panel an aged look I added images from the ‘Correspondence‘ set in vintage sepia ink with water drops and splatters of stain over the top. I tied some vintage linen thread around the panel and matted with brown to finish it off.

Although I used some of the same techniques for the cattails card I didn’t add any vintage elements so it has a cleaner more modern look over all. I still started with a watery blend of distress stains (broken china, scattered straw and spiced marmalade) over the whole watercolour panel. I stamped the cattails stamp a couple of times into the damp background which gave it a bit of depth and movement I think. Once the stamping was dry I stamped again over the top to get sharper foreground images.

Thanks for dropping in today.


Stamps: Wildflowers vol 2 , Correspondence (Darkroom Door)
Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Vintage photo, Broken China distress stains (Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano) brown cardstock
Also: vintage linen thread

Wildflowers blue

This one is for my mother’s card stash. I try to keep her well stocked with cards but I know she is better than me at sending them  so she goes through them faster than I do. As soon as I finished this one I knew she would like it; we both love flowers with blue in them, cornflowers, hydrangeas, delphiniums. I used one of the silhouette flower stamps from the Darkroom Door set, ‘Wildflowers vol 2’.

I inked the top half of the stamp in blueprint sketch distress stain, spritzed it lightly and stamped several times across the panel. Next I inked the stems in the lower half of the stamp, and a few dots above that, with forest moss distress stain and again stamped across the panel. For some variety in colour I dabbed some dusty concord distress stain on the flower sections and stamped than over the floral area. You can see in the closeup, the stamping is quite loose but the overall effect is a garden of blue flowers. Just what I wanted.

I’ll be getting this one and some others in the mail to you soon, Mum 🙂


Stamps: Wildflowers vol 2 (Darkroom Door)
Inks: blueprint sketch, dusty concord, forest moss distress stains (Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano) olive green cardstock

More masking

Surprised? That I would do more masking, that is?  I should set myself a challenge one day to make a card that doesn’t involve sponging or masking!

This one is masked but not sponged. I added the colour to the masked panel with a brayer, first the cranberry then the teal. I then stamped a few flowers in teal and cranberry before removing the masks and adding flowers in black. The sentiment does look a wee bit lost on the coloured panel but in real life it is easier to read.


Stamps: Wildflowers Vol 2 (Darkroom Door), …smiling (PB)
Inks: Cranberry Crisp, Taken with Teal(SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory

Less is More Masking

The challenge at the Less is More blog this week is to use masking. Well that is not a challenge at all; it is more of a challenge not to!

I masked the rectangular panel first and then positioned a second mask across the panel to make the hilly horizon. Above the horizon I sponged sunrise colours and below the grassy colours. After removing the hill mask I added the flowers from Darkroom Door, removed all the masks and finally added the sentiment from Penny Black. I like the way this sentiment looks like a hastily handwritten note.

Have a great day; I hope the sun is shining where you are!


Stamps: Wildflowers Vol 2 (Darkroom Door), Thinking of You (PB)
Inks: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, True Thyme, Old Olive, Buckaroo Blue (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory

Inspired by Simplicity

This is the third card I made when trying out my new Wildflowers set. It was inspired by this lovely card by Susan at Simplicity. I limited the colour scheme to five colours and made sure there was a common colour on each panel to tie it together. I applied markers directly onto the stamps and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping it on the white card.

It is March break in Ontario so I am hoping for a little more stamping time in the next week. So hopefully a few more cards on the blog too.


Stamps: Wildflowers Vol 2 (Darkroom Door), Upsy Daisy(SU)
Inks: Markers (SU)
Cardstock: MFP white

Neutral wildflowers

Here is another card made with one of the stamps from the Darkroom Door Wildflowers 2 set. It is an unusual colour scheme for me but I was thinking of the Less is More stamp challenge (Neutral colours) when I made it. By the time I had finished however I realised there was a little more stamping rather than less covering the card!

I started by masking the panel then stamping the wildflower spray in versamark a couple of times. I then sponged some crumb cake ink before sprinkling some clear embossing powder over the wildflowers. Because I had sponged after the versamark the embossed images ended up rather ghost-like. I inked a brayer with a small square ink pad  and then transferred it to the panel creating slight tile effect on the back ground.  A little more sponging, flowers stamped in early espresso and a black flower and sentiment completed the card.

Thank you again for visiting and commenting; I enjoy reading your comments and appreciate all your encouragement.


Stamps: Wildflowers Vol 2 (Darkroom Door), All Year Cheer(SU)
Inks: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory