Floral Mix

I think I told you my one tulip bloomed already but I was still inspired to stamp more. My many lupins are yet to bloom so the idea of a floral mix card appealed to me. I have teamed up Penny Black’s ‘distinctive, ‘fresh spring’ & ‘sweet sprouts’ stamp on this card.

Once again I worked on hot press watercolour paper with distress inks. I usually spritz the stamp lightly with water before stamping then use a paintbrush to blend the inks or dilute them. The inks I used are listed below; I had seedless preserves as the main colour on the tulips and the highlight colour on the lupins. The technique for this card is featured in my online class Floral Faves which is still on sale for 30% off as part of my Moving Day Sale.

What’s blooming in your garden or neighbourhood right now?

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Fresh Spring

Now that May has arrived I feel it is the right time to post tulip cards. My one tulip is blooming and the tulip festival is a week away. I have used the Penny Black ‘fresh spring’ stamp on hot press watercolour paper with distress inks.

Sometimes I stamp then blend with a paintbrush after stamping. This time the blends from a spritz of water on the inked stamp were almost enough without adding anything. I did a little blending on a few tulips and a few leaves but some of the blends just happened so I let them be.

I inked the tulips with wild honey distress ink and added festive berries over the base of the petals with a marker. Same with the leaves but using rustic wilderness with added forest moss for depth and variation. I know the distress markers are discontinued but they are so useful for adding ink selectively I will keep using them ’til they give up! The sentiment is from the PB set ‘special sentiments’.

My friend Jan recently sent me some more floral inspiration pics so I have added the inspiration for today’s card below. Thank you Jan.

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