I’m not sure that poinsettias ever appear to be quite this pink but I have artist’s licence so here is a bright pink and green poinsettia. I stamped and painted this one way back in September and was pretty careful to note down colours and products with all the projects I was working on before I went to Australia. Somehow though, I can’t find my list for this one.
I used the MISTI so I could ink with pink first (maybe Victorian velvet or worn lipstick dsitress stain) then ink with green (mowed lawn distress stain??) and finally with aged mahogany distress stain. Once the petals were dry I added details with an aged mahogany distress marker.
It is entirely possible that I did not do this with distress stains at all; sorry, I’m just not sure. I did mat the panel with green then with burgandy making it a four-layer card which, for me, is a little unusual just like the colour scheme.
Stamps: Scarlet Majesty, Joy filled(PB)
Inks: not sure but my guesses are listed in the description above.
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock, burgandy cardstock
I shared a more defined version of this pretty poinsettia recently, painted in vintage tones. Today’s card features a looser image in pinks with a few touches of brown. As is often the case when I am after a watery softy image I used distress stains applied directly to the stamp. I started with worn lipstick and gathered twigs stains on the stamp and some water drops on my watercolour panel. The image was soft and some of the edges bled when the water droplets blurred into the petals.
Next I added marker in darker colours to the stamp then pressed it onto the still wet panel. Once it dried I splattered a few water droplets over the petals. I did like the soft look of it at this stage but it wasn’t until I added the sentiment over the top that I felt it was finished. Do you sometimes stare at a project because you know it still needs something but you’re not sure what? (if all else fails in these circumstances I add the letter background stamp!)
I would usually be hesitant to cover so much of an image with text but the contrast of dark and light as well as blurred and sharp seemed to work. To complete the card I added both brown and burgandy mats plus a little gold thread.
Stamps: Scarlet Majesty, Yuletide Wishes (PB)
Inks: Versafine Vintage Sepia ink (Tsukineko) worn lipstick, gathered twigs distress stains, festive berries, gathered twigs, ground espresso distress markers(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, red cardstock, brown cardstock
Also: Clear wink of stella brush pen, Gold thread
Today’s card is a contrast to the sparkly bright poinsettias earlier in the week. I returned to a style I have featured on the blog several times this year, a vintage appearance. To achieve the aged look I stamp first in vintage photo distress ink then blend the stamped ink with watercolour pencils. I worked one petal at a time and used a wet paintbrush to pick up colour from the pencils. I chose a couple of reds, and a light green for the petals and a dark brown for the berries. Once the whole image was painted I coloured around the edge with a grey pencil to help ‘lift’ it off the page a little.
I matted the panel with textured burgandy cardstock and added a sentiment on one of the handy tags from the gift card pocket die (a set that gives you way more than just a gift card pocket; its full of tabs, tags, flowers, scalloped shapes…).
As I finished editing this post it occurred to me that the vintage look on my poinsettia does give it a bit of a ‘dried up ‘cos I didn’t get watered look’. Now, how would I know that look I wonder?
Stamps: Scarlet Majesty, Holiday Snippets (PB)
Dies: Gift Card Pocket
Inks: Versafine Crimson Red ink (Tsukineko) vintage photo distress ink(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Burgandy textured cardstock
Also: Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Gold cord