Thursday, May 28, 2020

Spontaneous Joy

Hi everyone.  I havve had this stamp in my NBUS box for a long time.  After seeing my friend Robyn's card HERE, I just had to ink it up!  Thank you so much for the inspiration Robyn!!

Entering this top card into the May Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  I followed the Anything Goes and didn't add the twist this time.
This is such a beautiful and elegant image.  I placed it in my misti and coloured just the stems and leaves with a ink pen.  I spritzed with just a little water and stamped onto mixed media paper.  I spritzed again slightly because the ink was too dry the first time.  I moved around the excess ink with my paint brush.  I wiped down my stamp and started again, this time inking all of the flower heads in coral.  Spritzed with water and stamped, etc. until I was happy with it.  Then applied a bright red just to the parts of the flower heads that I thought should be darker, spritzed with water and stamped.  Once I was happy I let it dry before adding a sentiment and then splattered more coral over the card front.

Close-up ...
Happy with how this turned out but could not get my camera to see the true colours.  The flowers are coral and red --- so pretty! :)

I made a second one pretty much the same, just changing up the colour of the blooms.
This time I wanted to add stenciling to the background, which I did with a pale gray.  The stencil was too busy so it took away from the pretty flowers.  I used a damp paper towel to remove most of the gray ink, but the wet paper towel also got on a bit of the flowers.  You may be able to see a faint outline of stenciling in the close-up ... and how the colours bled a little.  And you can tell the card front has a gray haze about it, but I think it adds character.  :)  I added a sentiment and then got a little carried away with splattering. :)

Close-up ...
Updated:  Since this is a NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) stamp, I'm sending the purple version above over to the NBUS Challenge #14. 




Penny Black Products:
Spontaneous Joy (40-597)
Special Sentiments (30-574)
Eloquence (30-162)






Stamps:  Spontaneous Joy, Special Sentiments, Eloquents (all Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Stampin' writers: Gumball Green, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Distress Markers: Abandoned Coral, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, paint brushes

Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday May Challenge - Anything Goes
NBUS Challenge #14


30 comments:

Pat said...

A beautiful PB stamp Loll and love both the red and the purple colours and with lots of light and shade. Gorgeous! x

Mac Mable said...

The stamped image is stunning and so are both of your cards Loll. What an artsy and beautiful effect x.

Bonnie said...

Both of these are gorgeous, Loll! You got wonderful shading yet left lots of white! Two gorgeous cards, my friend!

I Card Everyone said...

I broke into a spontaneous SMILE when I opened this post, Loll!! OH my gorgeousness - where HAS this stamp been all my life?? LOve the watery stamping, and the purple version, with the haze of grey [intended or not] is just stunning, too!
=]

Bobby said...

So beautiful, Loll.

nlwilson46 said...

Stunning cards!

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Loll, love the colours and your splatters over the image. Such a great stamp :)

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful watercolored Penny Black flower stamp, Lolly! I love both cards equally. Your colors are so vibrant. Wonderful sentiments and splatters too. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Robyn Oliver said...

I have the hugest smile Loll, your two cards are absolutely fabulous - I love them... it's a gorgeous stamp and I love the technique you used to add the colours, there's so much depth - you do the watery effects and splatters the best - so glad I prompted you to use your NBUS at last, hugs and stay safe Robyn

kiwimeskreations said...

Loll these are gorgeous - love the depth of colours you have achieved in these gorgeous cards. The hint of soft grey and slightly moved purple in the last card are gorgeous - it softens the whole card, appropriate for the sentiment/occasion.
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Ros Crawford said...

Oh they are beautiful!!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautifully stamped and coloured! Stunning cards! You've convinced me I need that stamp:) Thank you for joining us at PBSC.

HilaryJane said...

This is beautiful and you have enhanced it so much with the way you have coloured it. Wonderful splatters too xx

Marcia Hill said...

I have this same stamp too and have never used it...shame on me!! I loved Robyn's card too and yours are just as lovely Loll...love both the reds and the purples! :0)

Daffodil Cards said...

Both are really gorgeous, love the chosen colours of each card.
Take care
Faith x

Barb Ghig said...

Two GORGEOUS cards, Loll! The blooms and leaves are really pretty, and you have taken them to the next level with your stamping technique...WOW! I love your choice of colors on both cards, too ~ xx

TK said...

Stunning! would be wonderful to see your coral, but the colors we see are beautiful too!

Nstiz said...

You did a fabulous job on this technique, Loll, one of my favorites! I love the coral one. The purple one looks like a happy accident. Many times people add a slight bit of watercolor around the image and that's what it appears you did. So I may have to try what you did to not overdo the watercolor. Both are just beautiful!

Darnell said...

Well done on these beautiful flowy schplattered cards, Lolly! I love the vibrant colors you used and I love the affect you got with the gray stenciling on the sympathy card! It makes it even more fluid! Keep well! Love, Dolly

Sandy said...

Beautifully done -- I love both of your cards!! Very artistic - wow!
What else can I say?
Sandy xx

Leslie Miller said...

Drop my jaw, they're both incredibly beautiful! I can see the coral in the first card, but I imagine it's more noticeable IRL. One of my favorite blends is coral and red. I still use SU Cameo Coral and Ruby Red together. Now, that purple -- so gorgeous! The faint gray in the background is a nice shadowy, ghostly effect, and the little bit of bleed just adds to the watercolor look.

Sandy said...

Beautiful cards Loll - as I have told you, I don't always comment but I am always watching especially now when major cities in the US are being plundered and burned. Your cards are a ray of sunshine!
Sandy xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

You took this beautiful and elegant stamp image to the new level, Loll! The shades of the flowers are so beautiful! I was wondering how you added a gray haze to the purple flowers and now I know. :-) I think it turned out very well even though you didn't plan that way. I can see Robyn's inspiration and Bonnie's "pulling ink from flowers" technique in these cards. ;-)
Hideko xx

Viv said...

Beautiful Loll! x

Jo said...

Wow, these blooms are bold and beautiful. Love the splatters to both card and I agree on the character for the second.

Anita in France said...

Simply beautiful, Loll ... both of them! Your gorgeous soft, watery stamping and colouring enhances the dreamy nature of these lovely blooms ... the delicate splatter is a perfect addition! Hugs, Anita :)

Karen Dunbrook said...

beautifully done.
xx Karen

Ina G said...

Breathtaking and beautiful Loll. PB make the most amazing stamps and you have done this one proud,

A.Rose said...

Congrats on the Penny Black win! These card s are spectacular!!!

BożenA said...

Both color versions are equally beautiful. And I love splashes, they look like pollen is falling from flowers. wonderful
xx