May 27, 2018

Thanks ...

After working on this card, I now have new respect for the challenges that this art form presents and for the artisans who make it look so effortless.

Mixed-media? No problem--you can just paint over a part you don't like. Card making requires more planning and if you make a mistake sometimes you just have to start over.

But practice makes perfect, right? So I plan to do just that and purchased the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. It features a lovely stamp set called Beautiful Flowers and I have used it for this card.

The kit came with three dots (red, yellow, blue) of an artist-grade watercolor paint from Daniel Smith and this was the only paint I used to tint this stamping.

Using the science of complimentary colors becomes critical in this scenario because you must tone down the primary pigments for the colors to look more natural.

The border was made with kraft paper using the new Tim Holtz 3D embossing folder called Botanical (also included in the kit) and machine-stitching provided some accent.

Otherwise, it's a bit of a plain jane but I didn't think it needed anything else since the flower image is such a show stopper. Thanks to this new stamp set, I now have some sentiment stamps that I was sorely lacking which will help me with my new quest in card-making.


  1. The colouring of the image is pure perfection, and I'm so with you on the rigours of card-making... I find it really difficult as there's nowhere to hide!
    Alison x

  2. I think your coloring is fantastic! The stitching is a perfect accent to the beautiful floral image.

  3. Love the embossed background and stitching--BUT WOW the beautifully coloured flower stamp is gorgeous
    Carol x

  4. I would be interested in why you chose to stamp your flowers in black vs a no line watercolor look. And I think you are correct in that watercoloring is a life time study. I do so enjoy it. thanks as always for sharing.

    1. The no-line stamping technique is a good one but for this image, which reminds me of a vintage pen and ink illustration, I felt the lines should be celebrated as they are such an intrical part of the design.

      I should also mention that I didn't use black--I used "Watering Can" (Ranger) which is a medium gray archival ink to minimize the strong contrast that black might have created.

  5. I love it, it's very elegant and I like a lot how you've played with your watercolours the flowers are spectacular. Hugs.