Saturday, July 6, 2013

Poppies in red, blue and purple!

Hi!  Just a quick post to share a gift set of cards for a family member.  I wanted to use a technique that I haven't used in a LONG time.  And it was soooo much fun.  I colored with Distress inks.  I bought this stamp some time ago, but had only used it once.  Well, it got a lot more use today!

This is the Poppy Background stamp from Hero Arts.  So, what stamps is the background...everything around the poppies.  The blooms (except for the lines within each flower) and the stems are left un-inked.  Everything else was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear EP.  Then the fun part!
I swiped some distress in onto my craft sheet, wet my brush with water, then swirled the brush through the ink.  Time to paint.  I loved seeing those flowers come to life as I colored them!
I used watercolor paper for these panels, so you'll see that my embossed areas are slightly rough or dimpled.  That's due to the texture of the surface of the paper.  Not as smooth as embossing on cardstock.
I'm okay with that, though.  I love the results!
Ummm.  I guess this post wasn't so quick, after all.  I got a little chatty.  Anyway, if you haven't watercolored with distress inks, give it a try.  Let me know what you think.  Ok?
Thanks for looking!

Supply list:
Cardstock: white (PTI), watercolor paper (Canson), riding hood red, tempting turquoise, elegant eggplant (SU)
Ink: fired brick, broken china, dusty concord (Ranger), onyx black versafine (Tseukineko)
Other: craft sheet, clear embossing powder, heat tool, SU aqua painter


  1. Susie, these are so gorgeous. I love that poppy stamp so much!

  2. This set is so gorgeous! Love the technique!

  3. Oh, I just LOVE these cards, Susie! I see more and more poppy images used for cards! And, this card set is lovely in all the different colors! Great technique, too!


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