Sunday, March 18, 2018

Watercolor Hello

     It's been a long cold winter, to much snow and temps. in the negatives. The only flowers I've seen in months are the ones on my cards. There have been signs of Spring, geese flying over head, honking their return, birds making lots of noise while they chase each other trying to find a nest mate; I just love listening to them. I haven't seen any Robins yet but I'm hopeful that I will soon. With Easter just a few weeks away I hope the weather gets warmer and the spring flowers in my gardens show themselves.
     My card today is one I made for my wonderful friend, Lynda Pleckan, for her birthday. Geraniums
are one of my favorite flowers, strong plants with beautiful blooms all spring and summer long. I took a little artistic license with the color, but  purple and green embossed in gold, just go so well together.                                                  
Bristol smooth surface paper
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder
Altenew Flower Arrangement (hello)
Altenew Glitter Gold Washi tape
Stampendous Cling Geraniums
Kat Scrappiness Stitched rectangles die
Clarity Brushes
Ranger Distress ink ( Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet, Broken China)
Hero Arts Stamps (background)
Reflections 110lb. card stock for card
gold mirror paper MFBGOLD-1212-1

     I stamped and embossed the Geraniums on a piece of Bristol smooth, cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
Using my Zig pens and a paint brush I colored the petals one at a time then went back with the same color to darken the centers. (Bristol smooth is my favorite paper to use with my Zigs because the color moves so well on it.) Next came the leaves and I did them the same.
     After the flower was completely dry I used my Clarity brushes and some Broken China Distress ink around the flower to accentuate it. I still thought it need something so I pulled out my stash of
hero arts background and edging stamps. These are my go to stamps whenever I'm creating a background. I chose colors that matched the ones I used for the flowers and stamped them off before bring them to my paper, for a lighter image.
     Using my Kat Scrappiness Die I cut the card. Then I cut out the word hello from my Gold mirror paper. I then decided to add the gold washi tape around the edges of the card, I didn't want to waste it so I placed it on my trimmer and cut my strips half. adhered it to my card and finished of the inside.
I will be entering this card in these challenges:
The Flower Challenge-Anything goes
Color Throwdown- Green, Purple, White

     Well, that's it. Have a wonderful, crafty day!
God Bless,




  1. This card is gorgeous, love the gold heat embossed Geraniums in that lovely shade of purple and the frame you created around them with these other stamps is simply amazing.
    Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you play again next time.

  2. Purple! Love favorite color. Great card, great background, awesome coloring. And I love my birthday card!

  3. Great card here Karen! I love that you colured the geraniums purple too, they look amazing.Thank you for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' and we hope to see you again soon ;) Viv DT xx