Saturday, 13 May 2017

Poppies Two Ways

One of the techniques that Loll (Stamping with Loll), Christine (It's a Card Day's Night), Nancy (scandinancy creates), and I did at our craft retreat was stamping / watercolouring with Distress Stains, a technique I learned from Heather Telford (see her video here). 

I used a Penny Black poppy stamp and inked it with two pink stains and a green.  I couldn't decide whether or not I wanted to add some splatters to it, so repeated the stamping and created two cards - one with splatter and one without.

For this one, I watered down a bit of the green Distress Stain and splattered with a paintbrush, then random-stamped a bit of text, and sponged a bit of Distress ink around the edge.  I added vertical sentiment and popped the panel up on fun foam.

I'm linking it up over at CAS Mix Up where the May challenge is splattering.  I have stamping and splattering, and for my "your choice" elements, I have watercolouring and sponging.

For the second version, I was inspired by this image on an Etsy site that is this week's choice for today's SCS Inspiration Challenge:

I used pink and green, ran the sentiment across the stems of the plant like the words in the inspiration photo, and added some trios of pearls like the trios of dots in the photo.

I'm also linking it up to CAS Watercolour as the May theme is flowers.

I really like Heather's technique for watercolouring with Distress Stains and will use it more often - a great way to get more use from the Stains.

Stamps - Penny Black poppies; on the first card - Gina K sentiment and Penny Black text; on the second card - Memory Box sentiment
Ink - on the first card - Distress Peeled Paint and Old Paper;  on the second card - Versafine Smokey Grey
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Distress Stains - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint;  fun foam;  on the second card - pink pearls


  1. Two beautiful versions of one of my favourite stamps from Penny Black. Thanks so much for teaching our craft group this wonderful technique, Susan. I plan to use it more once I get more stains! :) Now I have to go shopping! xx

  2. It's amazing how you've gotten two very different looks with the same stamp! I love both versions! The green splatters and subtle text give a vintage feel to the first and the second is clean and simple at it's best!

  3. I Love your finished watercoloured with stains cards, Susan. They turned out beautifully. Your technique was one of my favorites at our stamp retreat! TFS both your versions my friend. Hugs...

  4. Both gorgeous and artsy cards. Love them both. Both different and both have there merits...Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful cards x

  5. Although I have tried this, I have never achieved something as beautiful as you did on these two cards! I'd get too much stain on the stamp and get the blob every time. Wow, these are gorgeous! I love both versions.

  6. wow, so pretty. They both look amazing now they are mounted on cards. I love the vintage look of the first with the distress green edges and subtle text. Both so beautiful :)

  7. Two goooorgeous cards Susan, love them

  8. Your poppies are lovely, Susan. I'm glad you like this technique; it will always be one of my favourites.
    Heather T


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