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".

Friday 22 June 2018

Beautiful Poppies

I'm a very keen gardener and I have many favourite flowers.  I love poppies - from the simple California and Welsh poppies to the fancier Oriental poppies.  Penny Black has made some gorgeous poppy flowers so I chose one of them for this month's Penny Black and More Challenge "In the Garden" and The Flower Challenge "Use a Previous Challenge" (I chose "A Favorite Flower").

Here's my card:

I put the poppy stamp in my MISTI and stamped it with Distress Antique Linen on hot press watercolour paper.  I then inked the stamp with a combination of mini Distress inks and Distress markers, spritzing occasionally and only very lightly, and inking / stamping numerous times till I was happy with the results.

When thoroughly dry, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment - I thought it was quite appropriate for the Penny Black "In the Garden" challenge.  I added a few sequins and popped it up on fun foam on a dark red card base.

Here's a close-up to show the great sentiment and the blending of colours on the poppies:

It will go to one of my sisters as a birthday card.

Penny Black "In the Garden"

The Flower Challenge

Stamps - Penny Black Spontaneous Joy, Technique Junkies sentiment
Ink - various Distress mini inks and markers, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - hot press watercolour paper, dark red cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder, red sequins, fun foam


  1. Outstanding job on this technique. It's one of my favorites. Love the highlights and shadows you created. I do have this stamp and have yet to succeed with it. Just gorgeous!

  2. Fantastic stamping and spritzing of these pretty poppies, Susan! Did not realize there are so many different types! You achieved gorgeous depth of colour. The black sentiment is a great contrast. xx

  3. Absolutely stunning. Just frame it Susan and pop it on the wall....fabulous x

  4. Beautiful poppies, Susan! I love the way your colors blend and flow! Love that sentiment too. It's perfect for this card!

  5. Love the gorgeous colors and the flow you achieved with your blended watercoloring technique, Susan. I LOVE your sentiment for one of your sisters too. Thank you so much for sharing, my friend. Hugs..

  6. Beautiful poppies Susan. I love the variations of colours you got with the markers and misting. These flowers are so pretty ... they look like they are dancing. xx

  7. I was just checking out that poppy stamp. Now I have to buy it :) your poppies are absolulty stunning. such gorgeous colours.

  8. These poppies are so beautiful, Susan! I was wondering how you colored these - stamping and spritzing many times. You've done a fantastic job with this technique! Very passionate card. Hideko xx

  9. A most beautiful creation with the glorious PB Poppies Susan, that stamp is one of my favourites from the recent releases, thank you so much for joining in at our Juen challenge at Penny Black and More.

    B x

  10. Susan this card is just amazing, It looks like a hand drawn and painted. so eye catching absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you there again soon. Aileen DesignTeam

  11. This is so vibrant - love it.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  12. Beautiful Misti stamping of these poppies, Susan! We have the orange California poppy here, which we love, but I think this poppy red is stunning, too! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Such beautiful flowers and of course the card! Nice sister message too!


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