I’m not the best colourist. I enjoy colouring, and I think I do alright at it, but I’m no expert. I have a number of beautiful floral stamp sets which are designed to be coloured, so I thought I’d have a go at finding ways to use them without having to spend ages with markers, watercolours or coloured pencils.
Card 1 – Monochrome Florals
The first technique I did does actually use coloured pencil colouring. It’s just one pencil though, so no need to fuss about which colours work well together. I stamped the large flower arrangement from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers stamp set onto a Smoke card base with Barely Beige ink. I then used my white Caran D’Ache coloured pencil to add detail. I coloured so that I was adding highlight to the image using the white pencil.
Once I had finished colouring I placed the card base back into my MISTI and stamped the image again to enhance the lines a bit. As I hadn’t removed the stamp from the MISTI I was able to align it perfectly to stamp in the same place. I then added a sentiment from Mandy’s Flowers with the Barely Beige ink, and finished off with three lines drawn with the white pencil.
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
Card 2 – Smooshed Florals
My second card gets much more colourful. I stamped the flowers onto a piece of watercolour paper with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink, which is suitable for using with water based techniques as well as alcohol markers.
I then started adding colour using the smooshing technique. I took a small piece of acetate (I used a bit of stamp packaging) and pressed my Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide onto it. I spritzed with water and then used the acetate to apply it to my flowers. I dried the layer and repeated the process with Wild Honey. Sometimes I dried between layers to avoid mixing the colours, and other times I let them combine. I kept going until I was happy with the coverage on the flowers. I then repeated the process using Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover Distress Oxides for the leaves.
After completing my smooshing and letting the panel dry completely I trimmed it down and added it to a card base. I edged the panel with Love From Lizi iridescent glitter peel-offs. I then added a sentiment using two stamps from the Beautiful Flowers stamp set. I used my white pencil to help them stand out from the background by filling in the letters of the larger word, and lightening the background behind the smaller portion of sentiment. I finished off with a few Nuvo Drops in Bubblegum Blush.
HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes
Joy Clair WCMD Challenge – Smooshing
The Flower Challenge – Add Sparkle
Time Out Challenges – Colourful
Card 3 – Paper Pieced Florals
I again used MFT Black Licorice ink for my third card and stamped directly onto my white card base. I then stamped the individual flowers from the stamp set, which perfectly match the clusters, onto a piece of ModaScrap Fly and Scrap paper and fussy cut them out. I adhered the two flowers that are more in the background with my lowest profile foam tape, then added the central, foreground flower with a thicker one to bring it a bit further forward. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set using the Black Licorice ink, and finished off my drawing a frame with my black Sharpie.
Addicted to CAS – Foliage
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper
Little Miss Muffet Challenge – Anything Goes
STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – Anything CAS and Optional: Black
I had a lot of fun making these cards and think they all turned out really pretty. The stamp set is, as the name implies, beautiful and a great one to work with. I’m glad I was able to find ways to work with it that don’t require being great at colouring, though I’m sure I would have fun trying to colour it in more traditional ways too. I’d love to know which of the cards are your favourite. I like all of them but I think either the second or third one would be mine.