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".

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Bluebells for CAS Watercolour

Time for a reminder card for April's CAS Watercolour "Spring Flowers".

One flower I have an abundance of in my garden in spring is the humble bluebell - a bit of a pest as it spreads all over the place but when they are blooming, they are so lovely.  And, as many of you know, I love blue.

The bluebells are stamped and heat embossed in platinum on watercolour paper, then painted with Gansai Tambi watercolour paints.  I mixed a bit of blue paint with a tiny bit of water and sponged it lightly over some drywall tape to add some texture to the background and then I used the gold paint in the set to create the splatter.

I die cut it with a label die and popped it up on foam tape.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with platinum and die cut it with the smallest of the label dies and added it over a big messy bit of the splatter.

Please come and join us before April 24th.  I'm hosting the challenge.  I'm a keen gardener and I love spring.  I am looking for SPRING flowers - not just any flowers.  So please think snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, crocuses, apple and cherry blossom, dogwood, etc.  There's lots more inspiration from the Design Team and this month's Guest Designer, Vicky (Crafting Clare's Paper Moments).

Stamps - Penny Black bluebells, unknown sentiment
Ink - Versamark
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - platinum embossing powder, watercolour paints, drywall tape, Spellbinders label dies, foam tape


  1. Lovely watercoloured bluebells. So cool how you’ve added texture to the background. Love the splatters and label die.

  2. Your bluebells are so pretty, Susan! I'd love to see them all abloom in your garden! Lovely coloring and splatter, my friend!

  3. Sweet card Susan and thanks for hosting this months Spring Flowers.... a real favourite of mine

  4. Beautiful card Susan! I LOVE the softly sponged stenciling in the background. Your bluebells are so pretty and elegant with the gold splattering. Gorgeous shape you've cut. xx

  5. We are a long way from seeing any blooms so it was a joy to see this one. You did a splendid job water coloring. I only wish to get results like this. Love that stamp and the soft background you created for your artwork. This is so well done.

  6. I almost missed the drywall tape background - so softly colored - it adds interest even when you don't realize you see it! Your bluebells are so pretty embossed and watercolored Susan - a wonderful spring challenge for us this month! xx

  7. Beautiful card Susan and I can just imagine your garden filled with all these tiny little blue bells! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

  8. the subtle stencilled background is perfect for your bluebells and I love the touch of splattering :)

  9. So very pretty Susan and the bluebells look beautiful and love the delicate splats too x.

  10. Your bluebells are so lovely, Susan! The platinum heat-embossing looks great with the watercolored blue. The softly stenciled background and the fine gold splatter add so much interest and depth.
    Hideko xx

  11. so gorgeous..love the die you used as a framed area.
    xx Karen


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