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".

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Masked Poinsettia

2017 is flying by!  I am way behind on getting Christmas cards done ahead of time!  If you are too, why not consider taking part in May's Happy Little Stampers' Christmas Card Challenge:

As you can see, the theme is "anything goes".  You don't have to use the optional twist of "mask".  For my card, I decided to try masking my image and then adding brushos to the background.

I stamped, heat embossed, and watercoloured the poinsettia on watercolour paper, then stamped it again on masking paper and fussy cut the flower and leaf.  I went over the stem with masking fluid.

I then sprinkled brushos and spritzed with water.  I moved some of it with a paintbrush around the image and left some areas around the edges with white showing through.  I added a few splatters of the green paint I used on the leaf.

I finished off with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment, then went over parts of the flower with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle.

I die cut my panel into a rectangle and angled it over a black cs rectangle.  I'm trying to break out of my box of keeping everything straight and symmetrical on my cards!

Come and join us this month at Happy Little Stampers.  There is a prize for the winner:

Stamps - Penny Black Sparkler poinsettia, Great Impressions sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white and black cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, Spellbinders rectangle dies, red brushos, clear Wink of Stella


  1. That's a very fun brush bg and gives such an artsy style to your card! Well done!

  2. LOVE that brusho background ... gorgeous colours and great with areas of white. Your poinsettia is really beautiful. And I love the design with your tilted panel backed in black. The black makes all the other colours look so rich. Gorgeous card, my friend! xx

  3. What a gorgeous background for that stunning poinsettia. Great layout too xx

  4. wow that's gorgeous, love all the deep reds and also the twist on the card.

  5. Well that certainly worked out beautifully! Gorgeous card.

  6. WOW! This is very special! Love the red poinsettia on the softer red, Brusho background!

  7. That poinsettia is gorgeous, Susan and love the way you did your background with Brushos! The colors are so vibrant and festive, perfect for Christmas! Hard to believe you are behind when you do so many of them.

  8. OMG Susan, absolutely stunnng colored poinsettia and amazingly artsy Brushos background. I love how your background is different shades of red with white highlights. Really turned out beautifully my friend. Hope I get to see IRL next week :-) Hugs..

  9. This is just beautiful Susan and the masking worked brilliantly with the Brushos. I like your angled panel too - makes it look so contemporary!
    Carol x

  10. Oh, Susan! I love your beautiful card. You have created an amazing brushos background, poinsettia looks amazing on him.

  11. Beautiful depth of color on this Susan!

  12. Susan, this is just gorgeous!! Love the coloring - so stunning! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  13. This card is gorgeous!! The background is fabulous and the image is painted beautifully. I love the splatters and the center of the flower. I just love it! Stephanie, DT


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