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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Creates a Watercolour Panel with Blossom Overture

I was looking at the different images in the February/March Stamp Club set, Blossom Overture, and decided I wanted to create a climbing image with the morning glory stamp:

I grabbed the nearest piece of mixed media paper and stamped the image with Old Paper Distress ink, which I picked up by mistake. I normally use Antique Linen but Old Paper was ok because I was using a floral image.

I stamped the image at the top centre, masked most of it off except the very bottom of the image, then stamped the second image underneath, lining it up, and repeated for the third image.

I used watercolour paints to colour the image, lifting colour off and dropping colour in while it was still wet.

Added more colours and splatters (of course!).

Then with Distress markers, I added back in some of the detail and created some shading, particularly on the wooden stem that the morning glory is climbing up.

The panel wasn't the right shape for a card and I didn't want to trim it down, so I looked around for what else I could use and spied some canvas boards in my stash, just the right size. I scribbled some Neocolour II crayons around the edges then took a wet brush and spread the colours. Once it was all dry I added some stamping using the music stamp from Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds and Versafine Smoky Grey. Here's a close-up of the finished project:

And a full view again:

Stamps Shirley used in today's project:


Blossom Overture is the February/March 2015 set in the STAMPlorations stamp club! We've got lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription) and choice of 2 ARTplorations stencils ($10 value) in every stamp club package mailed out to subscribers! For more info and to sign up, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for April. We'll pick TWO (2) commenters to each win a $10 gift certificate or their choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winners on May 1!


  1. Beautiful project! LOVE the watercoloring!! ♥

  2. Great tutorial, I really liked the step-by-step, and the final project is just lovely.

  3. A beautiful project Shirley, so pretty. Carol x

  4. This card completely and totally sings to me - a beautiful song of loveliness and sweetness!! Love the watercoloring and the tips you shared!! Goodness Gracious - I am overwhelmed with incredulity over this card - thank you!!!

  5. So cool and pretty coloring, fantastic! Thanks for sharing step by step tutorial!

  6. I love those colors and love those flowers! BEAUTIFUL. :)

  7. Beautiful painting Shirley and simply stunning canvas work. TFS your lovely tutorial. Hugs :)

  8. This is stunning Shirley and I love your delicate water colours.

  9. Lovely. Really like the colours you used. The back panel is beautiful. Hugz

  10. I really love this card, Shirley! I have been wanting to use that particular stamp ever since I received it but haven't had a minute to do so. Now you have given me the incentive to play with it.

  11. I love how you stamped the same image by lining it up! Your card is fab! There might be a CAS card in the future!! Nice job with the watercoloring too.

  12. I have yet to use that lovely flower, and your showcase here has sparked ideas. So incredibly beautiful...

  13. So pretty; love the colors.
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  14. the flowers are beautiful and the canvas board is a great complement

  15. the flowers are beautiful and the canvas board is a great complement


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