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, 29 March 2020

Tulips for Spring

I've been playing along with some of the VSN challenges over at SCS and made this card for the "Tulips from Amsterdam" challenge.

I created the background with red and green brushos. When dry, I put it into my MISTI and angled the stamp to get most of the leaves on the green and the flowers on the red. I stamped and heat embossed the tulips and the sentiment.

I'm going to send it to a friend with the message inside following on from "delight" on the front, and say "delight in the little things" - seems a good message when all of the big things are out of our control right now.

The card is perfect for the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge "Think Spring"

Penny Black and More Challenge "Spring Flowers"

Just Us Girls Photo Challenge - be inspired by this photo:

 Seeing spring flowers is one of the simple joys in life right now.


Stamps - Penny Black tulips, SU sentiment
Ink - Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - red and green brushos, clear embossing powder, fun foam


  1. I love how you used the Brusho's and then angled the tulip stamp Susan x. Such a great effect and loving the artsy and contemporary look to your card x.

  2. Beautiful and artsy. You nailed the challenges. I am so amazed that you did not get mud using green and red Brushos together.

  3. Perfect coloring in the background for this beautiful bouquet, Susan! Amazing use of Brushos!

  4. Beautiful Susan, love how you separated the green and red for the leaves and the flowers- so cleverly artsy ;)

  5. Gorgeous background Susan, and wonderful placement of the tulips stamp. Amazing that you kept those colors separate too. I usually end up with mud. Beautiful card!

  6. Love how you stamped your open tulips angled over your beautiful brushos background to get the best watercolor effect, Susan. A real beauty, my friend. TFS Hugs..Stay Safe..

  7. I LOVE that background Susan!! Great work combining red and green brushos and getting such a clean separation of colour --- not easy! The outline stamp is just perfect. Your friend is going to love getting this in the mail! xx

  8. I love this wonderfully creative card, Susan! The lovely background is perfect with the simple stamping! So eye-catching! Thanks so much for joining us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge this month!

  9. Wow! The background you created is amazing and how perfect for this pretty image. Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

  10. I just love how this looks....fab card mf.
    xx Karen

  11. I wish I could get my Brushos under control like this, Susan. I love the background and it worked perfectly for stamping the outline tulips. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.

  12. It IS a delightful tulip birthday card, Susan! Love how colored the background with brusho's.
    Hideko xx

  13. Thank you Susan for sharing your lovely card over at Penny Black and more.
    Welcome again at Anything goes at April theme;-))m


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