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, 7 January 2018

Belated Birthday Poppies

This weekend's SCS Inspiration Challenge is to be inspired by an image on the Design Sponge website.

I chose this image of Icelandic poppies:

I needed to make a birthday card that I know won't reach the recipient in time so it's a belated birthday card:

I used my old PTI Botanical Silhouettes set. I put the stems stamp in my MISTI, inked it with Peeled Paint and spritzed lightly with water. I stamped onto watercolour paper. Then I put the flower heads stamp into the MISTI, coloured the flowers with various Distress markers, spritzed and stamped, then repeated for extra shading until I was happy with the result.

I pressed some Peeled Paint on an acrylic palette and watercoloured around the base of the stems, then splattered a bit of it.

I sponged a bit of Brushed Corduroy around the edges. Then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in Peeled Painted on a scrap of the watercolour paper and trimmed it into a banner. Added it to the top, popped the panel up on fun foam, and embellished with a couple of gemstones.

I'm also linking it up over at this month's CAS Watercolour challenge "Birthday"

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - PTI Botanical Silhouettes, SU sentimen
Ink - Distress Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Distress markers, clear embossing powder, gemstones, fun foam


  1. Beautiful poppies, Susan! I've only used the sentiments from this set and forget about the flowers. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Great technique and such an artsy and lovely card. Love how you've grounded the poppies with the green paint x

  3. I love your beautiful watercolored stamped poppies, Susan. Your colors, watercolor wash, splatters and sponging create a wonderful artsy design. TFS my friend. Hugs..

  4. This could not be more perfect from our inspiration, Susan! You even matched the colors to a T! Love how you sponged it, splattered it and grounded your flowers. Beautiful watercolor effect on this!

  5. Pretty poppies, Susan!! Love the bright colours ... spring is on it's way, even if only in cardland. :) xx

  6. Susan these are beautiful poppies and I love the blended edges and the splatters.

  7. Absoulutely stunning, I love your card, Susan. The watercolored poppies are so beautiful, great effect.


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