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 21 January 2018

Wildflower on Pale Colours

The CAS Colours and Sketches challenge is some lovely pale colours:

I had a piece of paper towel that I'd used to mop up various blue, mauve, and plum brushos and decided I could use it for this colour challenge.

I learned the technique from Loll Thompson.  You save your paper towel after mopping up ink or paint like Brushos, dry it out, then lay it over watercolour or mixed media paper, spray with water, and press down with your fingers.  You end up with a great background that shows the  design of the paper towel - it looks textured as if you'd used a stencil.

I added a bit of text stamping and a sentiment in Memento Sweet Plum, then trimmed the panel down.

I die cut the TH Wildflower die twice, glued it together for more dimension and layered it on top.

Since it's a birthday card and it uses a watercolour technique, I'm linking it up at CAS Watercolour as well where the January theme is "Birthday".

Stamps - Rosie's Roadshow sentiment, Happy Little Stampers text stamp
Ink - Memento Sweet Plum
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - paper towel, Brushos, TH wildflower die, fun foam


  1. I Love your paper towel textured watercolored background, Sue. Perfect for the color challenge and so pretty behind your die cut wildflowers. TFS Hugs..

  2. love how this turned out mf...gorgeous.
    xx Karen

  3. p.s....this paper towel is the TLC challenge over at SCS today.

  4. Such a great effect with that towel technique...it's now on my to do list, so thank you for the inspiration. Such delicate and pretty colours and love the delicate text and sentiment stamps too on your wonderful card.x

  5. It's so elegant and beautiful! Love how you've used the color combination. Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S. Hope you will join our challenges again.

  6. Oh this is gorgeous! And that technique is so cool...I will definitely have to try that! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

  7. LOVE the colours and texture from your paper towel mop up, Susan!! So pretty with the wildflower die-cuts. xx

  8. This is so pretty. Gorgeous card

  9. Wow Susan - what a great technique! love that transference from the paper towel along with the partial text stamping and vertical Birthday Sentiment - the white die cut stem is perfect for it! Julia xx

  10. My first reaction after seeing this is I HAVE to case this although I'm not sure I could ever get that gorgeous gradient you achieved! WOW! This is beautiful! Those colors are spectacular!

  11. Gorgeous Susan, I love the effect of the white interspersed randomly along the edges and the soft gradient of colour. Also the touch of texture is amazing :)

  12. I love the graceful white die-cut flowers against the pretty background you've created! Thanks for making CC&S part of your crafting time! I hope you'll join us again soon for another challenge. :)

  13. Stunning card! Love the design, the mix of supplies and techniques. You have inspired me to want to get my Brusho's out tonight! Thanks for joining in on the fun at CC&S. Hugs Bev x

  14. So pretty, Susan. Great use of the paper towel technique. Very cool that your mopped up colours match the challenge. Love this card!


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