Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Crocus

Hi everyone.  I have been busy organizing my Art Studio.  I got so involved with it, that my mojo took off for a few days. :)  I tried making some DT cards, but they all ended up in the garbage.  I decided I would try using some of the many large stamp sets I have sitting waiting to be inked.

This stamp is called Crocus (Waffle Flower).  First set I have bought from Waffle Flower and I do love it.  I know it's long past Spring, but I saw this a few months ago when I had self-imposed a buying moratorium.  That is now over ... whew! :)  

I started by stamping the image in black ink and clear heat embossing over top.  I watercoloured using distress inks in various forms.  I used markers for the flowers (Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet), distress re-inker for the leaves (Mowed Lawn --- my marker needs replacing), and distress inks for the pot (Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs), dirt (Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso).  I used a bright zig for the stamins.

Once finished watercolouring, I cut a mask for the image and then sponged lightly with Wilted Violet ink over top of a stencil I cut with my Silhouette (Silhouette America cut file - lattice).

To finish I stamped the sentiment (same stamp set) in black ink and clear heat embossed.  For the final step, I added a wash of green under the pot.  I was so nervous, but thankfully it worked. 

Below is a photo of the inside of the card, using another stamp from the same step, along with more lattice stenciling ...


Adding this to the gallery at The Flower Challenge #58 - Spots or Stripes.  I have the diagonal stripes from the stenciled background.

Also sending to NBUS Challenge #28.     


Product Links
Crocus (Waffle Flower)

Stamps:  Crocus (Waffle Flower)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Pumice Stone (Tim Holtz); Zig - 
Accessories:   Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), heat tool, Blick paint brushes (#2, #4), Lattice Stencil (Cut file from Silhouette America, Silhouette, acetate sheet).

Challenges:
The Flower Challenge #58 - Spots or Stripes

34 comments:

Ros Crawford said...

I've been out of the game myself and it takes awhile to get back into creating... However, that said I love your card! Crocus never last long enough and they are beautiful... I think you've coloured them to perfection!

Jeanne H said...

What a lovely card, Loll. I really like it and the colors you used are my favorite. Thanks for sharing so much of your talent.

Jan said...

Wonderful cards Loll!!! Like the stenciling lattice look too!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

BożenA said...

Wonderful Loll card. I love crocuses because they are one of the first flowers after winter. I always look forward to them with great hope in the spring. Your crocuses look so realistic, perfect coloring
xx

Marian said...

Wow I love the colors.
I have a Silhouette so I will be looking for this stencil.
It pairs beautifully with this design.

Pat said...

This wonderful stamp is a really large and beautiful one and coloured so gorgeously by you Loll. The purple crocuses are always my favourite, and the coordinating lattice background suits it perfectly, and some great grounding too, and to open it and have another pretty one inside and more lovely stencilling is the icing on the cake. x

HilaryJane said...

Love those colours and that wonderful stencilled background. Be5 it feels good to have done some organising. It is funny how sometimes cards come easily and others are a real struggle xx

Patricia Blades said...

Lovelly cards as usual Loll

Daffodil Cards said...

Gorgeous work Loll, love the background as well as the Crocus.
Faith x

Bonnie said...

These delightful purple crocuses are always in season in my book, Lolly! So beautifully colored! I love how they show against the stenciled background and the pretty font of the sentiment!

Nstiz said...

Gorgeous color and painting, Loll! What an eye catcher this one is and love that you did the inside too! Your stencil is the perfect background for this beautiful Crocus!

Nstiz said...

What a gorgeous color and painting, Loll! That card just pops off the screen. That stencil is the perfect background for it too. This one is really beautiful!

Nstiz said...

What a glorious color and beautiful painting! This one just jumps off the page. Your stenciling is the perfect background for that incredible Crocus. What a fabulous card!

Liz said...

Absolutely beautiful, Loll. xx

Nancy S said...

Glorious color and incredible painting! This one jumped off the page. I do love the stenciling as the perfect backdrop of your beautiful crocuses.

TK said...

Beautiful -- I just love the see the crocus peeking through early in the year, sometimes through the snow even! Your colors are gorgeous

nancy littrell said...

Wonderful soft stenciled background for your Beautifully Watercolored crocus and clay pot, Lolly:-) TFS the link to the products too. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Papercraft Boutique said...

Beautiful card inside and out, Loll! The crocuses are colored so beautifully, and the masking and stenciling is done perfectly! The bonus is that this is my favorite color! :-)
I'd love to see your Art Studio someday!
Hideko xx

Susan said...

Wonderful shading, Loll. Especially on the pot = it looks so realistic.

kiwimeskreations said...

What a re-start to your crafting Loll, this is exquisite.
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Julie B said...

So pretty Loll, love crocus but the rabbits love them more, so although I planted loads, only a few survive. x

Linda said...

Oooh! I do like organising craft stuff ...... all those nice surprises!
I think I must have packed my mojo in a box and closed the lid tight, and my poor old blog is feeling very neglected. All due to the move though, that's my excuse anyway. Hopefully once I start unpacking things will be back to normal again.
Your card looks stunning .... inside and out. I love crocus, and you've coloured yours beautifully. The stenciling in the background looks fab too xx

Karen Dunbrook said...

so beautiful...the partial stenciled bkg is such a game changer to the overall look.
well done.
xx Karen

Mac Mable said...

What a pretty card, beautifully coloured Loll x. Such a happy card and the stencilling shows off the beautiful crocus's and pot to perfection x. 'YAY' to buying again and well done on organizing your Art Studio Loll x.

Brenda said...

This is a beautiful image for sure Loll and your card turned out beautiful! I love your watercoloring, stenciling and that wash of green under the flower pot. It all comes together so beautifully. I love the way you made the inside just as beautiful as the outside. Hugs, Brenda

Bobby said...

Your watercoloring is fabulous, Loll, and that soft stenciling makes a wonderful background. Beautiful card, my fried.

Viv said...

It's a gorgeous card Loll, such a pretty pot of crocus's too. Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) hugs Viv xx

Colleen Dietrich said...

I'd say that was a good purchase, after your buying moratorium was over. :) The purple really pops here; it's one of my very fave colors, too!

Christine Alexander said...

I'm always intimidated by larger stamps, I'm never quite sure where to put them on the card :) I love what you did with this one and also love the extra touch on the inside of the card XX

My Paper Epiphany said...

So beautifully coloured _ inside and and out! Some lucky person will love this card!

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS card Loll! Can see why you had to have the stamp, and who cares that Spring is over...the flowers are still beautiful and worthy of being seen! Love the stenciled background too!! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Robyn Oliver said...

Lovely soft stencilling for the corners to display the matching flowers.. gorgeous card Loll, Robyn

Linby said...

So very beautiful, a stunning design.

Aileen said...

Oh wow Loll this card looks amazing, those crocus are just so beautiful, amazing looking card. Xx Aileen