Cards|Power Poppy|Watercolor

A Wonderful Day

Hello creative friends!

My card today was created using my yummy new Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  I wish I had video’d the process of creating the background; but I’ll explain it as best as I can.

I began by stamping the tulips from Power Poppy‘s Peonies & Tulips clear stamp set onto a piece of Fluid 100 Cold Press 140 lb watercolor paper using black Staz-On ink.  I then masked off the tulips by painting them entirely with watercolor masking fluid.  When you do this technique, you want to be sure to use a paint brush you don’t really care about.  That stuff is like glue when it dries.  I learned a great trick from my friend Lydia to clean my brush off afterwards with Vaseline, and it works beautifully!

Once the masking fluid dried, I painted my background.  I used a couple of shades of blue and purple and a great deal of water to keep the colors loose and flowing around the piece.  I then dabbed on the still wet background with a paper towel, which softened the colors considerably, and left me with this almost other-worldly background.  I could not have been happier with the result.  

Once the background was dry (aka after I used my heat tool to dry it), I carefully peeled off the masking fluid.  You don’t want to peel it off too fast, or you’ll rip your paper.

I then watercolored the tulips in some bold, complementary colors.  This color palette is definitely outside my comfort zone; but I gotta say, I’m digging it.

Once I was done coloring the tulips and ground, I added some highlights using a bit of white gouache.  

Keeping all of the card layers white, and adding very minimal embellishments allowed the artwork to have center stage with no competing elements.  I think a clean design also gives the eye a chance to rest when you have such a bold focal point.

The sentiment was stamped in black, die-cut using a banner die, and then just the single word “wonderful” was lightly watercolored in a coordinating color.

Here’s a look at the Daniel Smith watercolors I used, in case you’re curious.

Inside the card I simply stamped the tulips in a pale lavender ink, and left the rest blank.  I sometimes like to have a few generic cards on hand that I can use in a pinch for whatever occasion I need it for.

This Peonies & Tulips clear stamp set was one of the first Power Poppy sets I owned.  I think you need it too, my friends.  Or you can always grab the individual digital stamps instead.  This weekend only they are on a crazy good deal!  

I mean, those prices are RIDIC!  Don’t miss out, friends!  Sunday will be here before you know it.

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence <—You are here!
Marcella Hawley
Stacy Morgan

Thank you so very much for visiting with me today, friends!  Hope you have a bit of time to create something beautiful this weekend!



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  1. Oh, Cindy, dramatic background indeed! I LOVE it and do agree about its feeling like and other-worldly background. Amazing! And what stunning colors for the tulips1 You’re absolutely right that the simple layout was perfect so one could focus on the amazing tulips! I DO LOVE this card! Amazing techniques, and thanks for the tips! One of these days I really want to play with some watercoloring…one day. 😉 Hugs and love, sweet friend! xoxo

  2. What a awesome card Cindy. Those gorgeous coloured tullips reminds me of the Parrot Tulips my dad had in his garden. I love them. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration.

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