A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Sunday 4 October 2015

Poinsettia for Happy Little Stampers

Hello All,

The October challenge on Happy Little Stampers is "Poinsettias".  I used my new Zig markers and a new (to me) Penny Black stamp for this card.

I stamped and heat embossed in white the poinsettia and one of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge on watercolour paper, and used the wet on wet watercolour technique - I wet each petal before dropping in colour.  I used three different colours on the petals. 

I did the background by painting with Distress stains.  In real life the background looks softer than it does in the photo.  I darkened up the edges by sponging a bit of Distress ink.

I added one of the HLS Christmas sentiments over top, using Staz On green to make sure it didn't rub off where it touched some of the white heat embossing.  And used a Pearl Pen for the centre of the poinsettia.

The image seemed a bit too big for a regular A2 card.  When I was in England last year, I bought some English envelopes to go with some specialty cardstock I bought there.  So I cut my white cs to fit that envelope and the proportions of the image panel seemed to work better - the English envelope works for a card that is a little taller than A2.

You have the month of October to make a card for the poinsettia challenge so please join us.

Stamps - Penny Black Sparkler poinsettia, HLS sentiment, SU Gorgeous Grunge
Ink - ColorBox white, Distress Antique Linen, Staz-on Forest Green
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - 6"x4.25"
Accessories - Zig brush markers, white pearl pen, white embossing powder, Antique Linen and Bundled Sage Distress stains


  1. So pretty. LOVE that background with the gorgeous grunge stamping and embossing. And the distress stains have a beautiful, soft look. Your poinsettia is gorgeous, especially with the pearl center. xx

  2. This is a really pretty PB poinsettia Susan and the watercolouring is beautiful. The background with the white spattering goes so well with it and the complementary green for the sentiment finishes it perfectly. x

  3. This looks amazing .... love the poinsettia and your watercolouring is beautiful. Great background too! xx

  4. This is GORGEOUS, Susan! Wonderful job of watercolor! Love the color you've achieved on the petals and the background!

  5. Susan, love the delicate shading on this pretty poinsettia. Amazing watercolor technique. It looks so pretty against the vintage tone of the background and love the little snowfalls over the background too. It's just lovely. TFS

  6. I love the look of this card..so clean and simple... beautiful and gorgeous!!! Amazing job.

  7. Oooh this is so soft and pretty Susan! I love how you used the wet on wet technique for the flower petals and that is a gorgeous image. xxxx

  8. A gorgeous card Susan, so pretty. Carol x

  9. Beautiful watercolor. I love the delicacy and beautiful background around poinsetia. The card is unique.

  10. gorgeous card, love the watercolour. xx

  11. Susan, this is amazing once again. You are a genius with your watercolours! xx

  12. Susan - your card is simply stunning. I'm so mesmerized by the amazing watercoloring and colors. That background is so perfect. I'm going to have to try that myself. LOVE those color choices. And, of course...now I want that PB stamp! Beautiful card, simply...beautiful. :) :) :)


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