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".

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

April Showers on Crocuses

It's been raining a lot in Vancouver lately so I was inspired by a couple of very appropriate challenges to create today's card.

I put the crocus stamp in my MISTI and inked it up with Tombow markers, one colour at a time, misting lightly with water after each colour.  I left the stamp in the MISTI while I pulled some colour from the outlines of the leaves and flowers, and then re-inked with the markers and stamped again (without misting).

I then taped a raindrops stencil (made for me by my kind friend, Loll Thompson, on her Silhouette) over it.  And experimented - I squeezed out some Nuvo drops onto my palette and with a palette knife, dragged them over the stencil.  It was hard to get even coverage but I'm fine with that.  What I wasn't fine with was how hard it was to get them off my stencil even though I washed it right away - so probably won't do that again!

They look very different depending on the angle and the lighting:

I die cut with an octagonal die and glued it to an octagonal card base.

It's for the following challenges:

SCS's CAS Challenge  "A Rainy April Day" (celebrate the rains that bring beautiful flowers).

The Flower Challenge  "Shaped Cards"

Addicted to CAS Challenge  "Code Word - Rain"

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge  "Flowers"

Time Out Challenge - Photo Inspiration (I went with yellow flowers):

Now if only the rain would stop long enough for my garden to dry out so that I can get outside and do some spring clean-up and enjoy the flowers!

Stamps - Serendipity crocuses
Ink - Tombow markers
Paper - mixed media cs, white cs
Size - 3.75" octagon
Accessories - Spellbinders octagonal die, grey Nuvo drops, raindrops die made on a Silhouette


  1. Your crocuses are beautiful Susan. Interesting about the nuvo drops through a stencil. I have done that kind of thing too ... experimented and then had a heck of a time washing off the stencil. :) I hope the rain stops soon too, but not likely this week. Stay dry! :) xx

  2. I love your yellow crocus, Susan! And the raindrops are so pretty! Thanks for the warning of using Nuvo drops through a stencil. I love the effect but would hate the clean up! Hope you see sunshine today.

  3. Love your shape and the inspired idea to use nuvo drops through the stencil. It creates such a fab effect. I am in Vancouver on holiday this week! Loving it, even with all the rain, and can totally see how the weather inspired your card.
    Thanks for playing along with us at The Flower Challenge this month.
    Rachel - DT member, The Flower Challenge.

  4. such pretty crocuses, and the rain is perfect for Vancouver. Good to know about the Nuvo drop, but worth the effort it looks gorgeous.

  5. what a lovely card....waiting so patiently for Spring to arrive in Ontario....we had snow yesterday but it didn't stick!!
    I just made a card this shape and really loved it
    Have a great wknd.
    xx Karen

  6. I love those lovely crocuses that remind me of Spring, Susan, and the shape of the card is unexpected. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Addicted to CAS.

  7. Your crocuses are beautifully colored, Susan. Although the Nuvo drops was a pain, I’m sure the shimmer is just stunning IRL. Love the raindrop background and the hexagon shape card. xx


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