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, 16 June 2019

Blue Forget-Me-Nots

Time to remind you that you only have until June 24th to enter a card in the CAS Watercolour "Something Blue" challenge!

Every spring / early summer, my garden is full of blue Forget-Me-Nots.  I'm always sad when they are finished and I have to pull out the dying plants - but as you pull them out, they drop their seeds everywhere, ready for next year.

I stamped the image on hot press watercolour paper with archival ink and watercoloured with my Gansai Tambi paints, using quite an intense blue for the flowers, a very pale bit of green for the leaves, a bit of very pale blue on the postmark, and adding an even paler blue wash around the flowers (so pale it doesn't show in the photo!).

I used a linen cardstock for the card base and for the stitched frame.  The frame is popped up on foam tape over the image.

I added a tiny drop of cream from a Viva Pearl Pen to the centre of each flower.  Here's a close-up:

Please head over to CAS Watercolour and check out the rest of the Design Team and June's wonderful Guest Designer, TaeEun (rainbow in november).

Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - hot press watercolour paper, linen cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, cream Viva Pearl Pen, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, foam tape


  1. Gorgeous watercoloured forget-me-nots, Susan. The image is amazing and looks 3-D with your gorgeous blooms popping off the page. I love forget-me-nots too as they last so long (usually around 9 weeks in my garden). xx

  2. I love this stamp and I used it at the retreat. Your forget-me-nots are so pretty and beautifully colored! Love the pearl dots and the soft blue wash (I can see it).

  3. My blue-loving self can only imagine how gorgeous your garden is with all those forget-me-not’s in full bloom. Wonderful card . Your multiple shades of blue watercoloring is beautiful as always. xx

  4. So very pretty, love the shade of forget me not blue, the subtle wash and such a beautiful card x.

  5. Beautifully watercolored forte-me-nots, Susan! Love the shades of blue and the very pale green (leaves). The pearl drops of the center of the flowers are tiny but make a big difference!
    Hideko xx


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