Tuesday 8 August 2017

Watercolour Florals | ft. Hero Arts and Zig Clean Color Markers

Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

If you're like me, you see these super pretty cards online and then get a million ideas on how to use that stamp; so you rush out and buy it only to forget about it completely.

No? Just me? Huh.

I got this stamp a while back because I saw all these super pretty cards online and I had to just rush out and buy it, only to forget why I wanted it in the first place. So when I saw the inspiration by Anita Bowden in the Muse challenge, along with a Happy Birthday Challenge and an Anything Goes challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I'm not going to lie, the execution of my idea took a wee bit longer than I wanted, but now that I have the hang of this one, I'll probably make a couple more with different colour palettes for my friends.

To begin, I prepped a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100lb cardstock with my powder tool. I then positioned it in my MISTI and stamped this Hero Arts "Large Blossom" using VersaMark ink. I actually did it twice so that I was certain the black embossing powder would stick where I wanted it when I heat embossed it.

I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Carmine, Light Carmine and Bright Yellow for the flowers; and May Green and Mid Green for the leaves and stems. To get a nice blend I put only a bit of each colour at opposite ends of each section and used my Prisma watercolour brush to bring the two together.

Because Bristol isn't actually watercolour paper, it is best to use a very light hand when it comes to adding the water. You can always, always add more, but once you have too much the paper will warp and pill -- no one wants that.

Once that was completely dry, I heat embossed the sentiment using the same black embossing powder.

I then added a bit of twine to the left and bottom of the panel, and adhered the whole piece to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

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Inspired by Anita Bowden


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge


Stamping Sensations August Challenge


  1. A beautifully bright and cheery creation and super stamping and colouring, many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge..

    B x

  2. Wow! love your take on the muse card challenge

  3. So very beautiful and so eye catching. The beautiful colours looks fabulous against the black. Yes totally understand about rushing out to buy a product and then don't use it for ages! x

  4. Trina, that hero arts stamp has long been a favorite of mine. You have colored it beautifully--it looks so lovely and delicate.

  5. A really striking design, with those beautifully coloured flowers against the dark background. Gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  6. Your card is so vibrant and pretty, just love it :)

  7. I do exactly the same...Oh, I have to have it (then sits in my stash for months! lol) I'm so glad my card inspired you to ink this one up (I have this stamp too!). I love your interpretation of my design, using the black/white/rainbow/flower in a different way.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Muse, Anita x

    Oh and a little tip you might find useful...whenever I want to black emboss, I use black ink and clear embossing powder instead, I get in a terrible mess with black powder! x

  8. Trina, this is so pretty! Love those bright colours! Wow, you embossed with black and not a stray speck. I always use Versafine Onyx ink with clear embossing powder - I have never been able to keep my black ep looking this neat! haha! I see Anita is the same as me! Thanks for joining us at Muse this week!

  9. Fabulous card, love so much your coloring and the black background is absolutely perfect! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  10. So pretty. Love your interpretation of Anita's Muse card.

  11. Ohhh wow I love your card, this is one of my favourite Hero Art Floral stamps. I love the colours you chose, they are my favourites too. Yum

  12. Really beautiful coloring with your Zig markers and I love your black background! Such a stunning and elegant card, Trina!

  13. Just saw you card on the Muse recap and had to comment on how beautiful I think it is. I love the color combination (one of my personal favs) and you executed it beautifully with the great flowers! Well done!


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