The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Poppies, Baby!

I have fallen in love with my aqua painter.  It's true.  That thing can make magic, Baby!

It does, however take some time and patience, just like me.

Anyway, I made this--

I made this card by stamping Inkadinkado Flowers all over my background (SU Wild Wasabi), with both Stayz-on and Versamark inks.  Then I masked and stamped more flowers onto a piece of white cards stock, added a few leaves, and hand drew some stems.  I made the stems look hairy, 'cause that's the way poppies grow.

I also stamped another poppy onto another scrap piece of white cs.  That one turned out to be the one popped off the edge there.

I had so much fun painting these with my aqua painter.  The key is to go in very light to start, but also, not so terribly wet!  I imagine if I had used watercolor paper it would have been somewhat easier.  I have some, and I'll try it.  This are not watercolor paints.  They are inks from my ink pads.  I pressed color out onto my stamping acrylic blocks, and went from there.  There are several reds, some orange and some golds.  Didn't pay attention to which inks I used.  Sorry.

I probably made a mess in the upper part  of the background of the painted piece, or I didn't like the negative space, so I snipped around the images, and used foam tape to pop up that piece onto a piece of My Mind's Eye DP.  Then I used more foam tape to adhere the lone poppy.  I painted him while still attached to the scrap I stamped him on, and snipped him out later, btw.  I can see from this photo, I need to hit the edges with my black marker!  That whole deal went on a double mat of red and blue.

The flag pieces (is that what we call them, instead of banners?) are all scraps and a skinny piece of red ribbon from The Paper Source.  The sentiment is from Everything Happy by Stampendous.

This took SUPER long to paint, mostly because I was LOVING doing it.  Plus, the thing's gotta DRY!  This would never make it into my collection of  samples that I am making to sell.  However, my SIL is having a birthday in October, as is my own sister, so somebody will probably get this one.

Hey, thanks for stopping by today!
All Best-


  1. Oh my goodness, Richard, this is absolutely gorgeous. WHAT, this is a wonderful card to sell. But, I think your SIL or even your sister would be thrilled to receive this card. I am just loving all the colors and patterns that you used. And, I think you did a great job using your aqua pen. I love mine and find that it is a valuable tool. This is just an awesome card. Thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW! This is really beautiful!!! I love it!

  3. Great composition! I love watercolouring is hard to stop LOL

  4. Beautiful card - glad you had fun with your aqua painter! Anyone would be thrilled to receive this one - what a beauty!

  5. This is like the Ginger Roger's of cards. Unrestrained, vibrant, mysterious, refined, classy and deserving of attention! Freakin' gorgeous.


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