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".

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Tulips and Ribbon for Penny Black

I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing for Two Different Challenges, but both of them go live on the same day so I have to subject you to two blog posts today!

This post is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The challenge is Anything Goes with an Optional Twist of Ribbon or Twine.

I went with the optional twist of ribbon.

This beautiful tulip image lends itself perfectly to be tied with a bow!

  • Stamped it with Versafine and heat embossed it with a pearl lustre ep - in real life, there is a nice sheen to the stamping.
  • Watercoloured the image, working on the shading as best I could.
  • Stamped the sentiment in a similar green.
  • Cut small slits each side of the stems and wound the gingham ribbon through it twice, tying it in a bow when finished.
  • Die cut with an A2 stitched rectangle and mounted on the card base.
  • Embellished with a scattering of various coloured gemstones.
Looking forward to seeing what you make for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge this month!

I'm also linking it up over at The Flower Challenge where they are asking for spring flowers if we live in the northern hemisphere or autumn flowers if we live in the southern.

Stamps - Penny Black Flutterby tulips, Judith sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Bamboo Leaves
Paper - watercolour paper, cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, yellow gingham ribbon, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, various coloured gemstones


  1. Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot at Penny Black Saturday, Susan! And what a beautiful Spring bouquet! Lovely shading with your watercolors! Love that gingham ribbon!

  2. Many congrats on guest designing at Penny Black, Susan!
    Your watercolored tulips are so beautiful, and your wonderful shading makes the flowers look fresh and alive. The pearly outline must look so pretty in real life.
    Hideko xx

  3. Well done Susan, well deserved :)
    Beautiful water coloured tulips, the black embossed edges are wonderful and love your ribbon :)

  4. WOW!! just got notice of the Penny Black challenge and there is your absolutely gorgeous card! Your water colorinhg is impeccable, Susan, Your highlights and shadows so perfectly done! Congratulations again as winner and as guest designer. You did a spectacular job!

  5. Congratulations on another GD spot. Beautiful watercolouring as usual. Those tulips are so pretty and springy. The ribbon was the perfect addition.

  6. Beautifully watercolored bouquet, Susan. Congratulations on being chosen the Penny Black Saturday Guest Designer, my friend:-) Spring is such a gorgeous time of year. Thank you for the reminder. Stay safe and creative. Hugs...Nancy

  7. Your watercolour tulips are gorgeous Susan! Love the sweet little gingham bow! Congrats on being Guest Designer at Penny Black Saturday! xx

  8. Many congratulations on guesting Susan and what a pretty card. The colours are beautiful and it's Spring on a card. Stay safe an well x.

  9. so joyful and pretty...can't wait to see my tulips in the garden
    Hope you are well and staying safe.
    xx Karen

  10. Your card is beautiful Susan - such cheerful colours! Love the way you used the ribbon too!
    Thanks so much for guest designing for us this month!
    Helen x

  11. This is so beautiful Susan and I love the mix of colours. The gingham ribbon is the perfect touch:)
    Thanks for being a fab Guest Designer!

  12. These are lovely and so beautiful for Spring.

  13. Love Tulips and yours are gorgeous and the colors so vibrant, a beautiful Spring card.
    I'm so glad you joined us this time around at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.

  14. gorgeous card...I am so ready for Spring to come and this pandemic to be over.
    Woke up to snow this morning...ugh.
    xx Karen

  15. A stunning card, I want a jug of tulips in my house now! Thanks for joining us this month at The Flower Challenge, hope to see you next month too. Cara DT x


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