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, 17 April 2018

Watering Can and Ornaments

We're at April 17th, the reminder date for the CAS Christmas challenge.  Be sure to head over to see what the Design Team have created to inspire you.

Here's my card, my first ever photographed against one of the beautiful backgrounds given to me by my wonderful friend, Loll Thompson:

It's a new-to-me stamp that I hadn't inked up before now.  It's such a lovely image for me as a gardener as I love the rustic watering can.  I may make a few more using it for my gardening friends.

It's stamped and watercoloured, with metallic silver mixed with some black for the watering can, and metallic gold and copper for the ornaments.  In real life, it's more shimmery than the photo shows.  It's then bordered with gold and placed on a red card base.  Here's a close up:

Here is a detailed close-up to try to show the shimmer:

We'd love to have you join us at CAS Christmas with your clean and simple card featuring ornaments.  You have until April 24th.

Stamps - Power Poppy Simple Joys, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - hot press watercolour paper, gold shimmer and red cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints


  1. LOVE this image. Definitely make more for your gardening friends ... they will love it too! So pretty and shimmery and love the pop of colour with the bright red frame. LOVE your new backdrop --- looks amazing! xx

  2. Simply adorable, Susan! It is a wonderful image, especially for gardeners. Beautiful watercolouring as always. Love the shimmer. xx

  3. That is one, awesome stamp and love the way you colored it. I just love unusual Christmas stamps and this one fits the bill! This is so beautifully framed in gold and red too. Now off to to get that image!

  4. What a wonderful stamp, Susan! I love that watercolored watering can and your shiny ornaments! The pop of red with the present is a nice accent along with the red border! Love that background too!

  5. Susan, that's such a great image, I'm sure many of your friends would love that. perfect watercolouring as always.

  6. What a sweet ornament card, Susan! All the little ornaments hanging from the branches in the watering can are so pretty. The metallic silver, gold, and copper look fantastic! The red berries and the red gift box are a lovely accent, too. Hideko xx

  7. What a lovely and different ornament stamp Susan - love the stick tree in the watering can - and you did a wonderful job coloring it! Julia xx

  8. What a fabulous stamp, so pretty. Love how the baubles are hanging from the twigs. The shimmer is so pretty and you've coloured this fabulous card beautifully x

  9. Such an elegant Christmas card, loving the gold and red border. Your image is beautifully coloured with the gold ornaments, so much harmony in this card, love it xx

  10. Wow, love this card, Susan! I love that image and how you colored it with the silver and gold with all the shimmer. And love the streamlined simple layout so the image is showcased. xx


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