Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Chinese Lantern Flowers

Hi everyone.  I really wanted to enter the CAS Watercolour Challenge and as usual am running out of time so I quickly whipped up a card today as the challenge closes tomorrow, luckily we are eight hours ahead timewise which makes it a bit

I used a relatively new set of stamps from one of my favourite companies Chocolate Baroque and the set is called Autumn Poppy.  These I think are Chinese Lanterns which are a lovely orange colour, but these look a little muted, due in part to having to take a photo under a daylight lamp and not in proper daylight.

I decided to make this a one layer card and started with the background.  I used a piece of acrylic and laid down some Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks onto it and spritzed with water.  I then turned it over and applied the inked acrylic to the lefthand side of the card.  I continued with one or two more layers until I was happy with  the colour.  Applying the ink this way gives you more control of where the colour goes, and I have to be honest and say that I got the idea from Karen whose blog is full of beautiful inky creations.

I then stamped the image using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and coloured with my Distress Inks and a  waterbrush using the following colours:  For the flowers - Spiced Marmalade, a little Mustard Seed for the highlights and Faded Jeans added for the shadows, and for the leaves - again Mustard Seed for the highlights, Mowed Lawn and Pine needles mixed in for the shadows.

I finished by stamping the sentiment using the Smokey Gray Ink and whilst wet I heat embossed with Versamark and some WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to be back before the end of the month as I am going to try and enter the Rudolph Days Challenge, so see you then.

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour January Challenge - Birthday.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - One Layer Card.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add A Sentiment.
Country View Challenges January 2018 - Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Something New ( I have never used this stamp before).
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - No. 131 Anything Goes.


  1. Your card is beautiful Pat. The flower stamp is lovely and I really like the colours. Barbxx

  2. Absolutely beautiful Pat, it's a gorgeous image and so beautifully coloured, a lovely cas design, Kate x

  3. Your acetate smooshing background is so pretty, Pat. Love how those chinese lanterns are shaded. They really look 3-D! Orange and blue is such a wonderful colour combo. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

  4. What pretty flowers, Pat! And I love the background that turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

  5. Beautiful Pat, awesome OLC. I love your contrast with the blue on the left side of your gorgeous lanterns. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour :)

  6. FABULOUS watercolor effect!! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Add a Sentiment” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  7. Beautiful work - so delicate.
    Thanks for sharing with us at PB & More. Lynn

  8. Such a beautiful card! Love the watercolor wash and the floral stamp is so pretty!
    Thank you so much for joining us this month at Penny Black and More challenge!

  9. Such a pretty card. Thanks so much for joining in with our anything goes challenge over at Country View Challenges xx

  10. My neighbour has a beautiful display of Chinese lanterns in her garden every autumn - I love them! Nice to see a stamp depicting them. And you watercoloured it so well - great sense of dimension. Great background smooshing too. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

  11. Pat you have done a marvellous job on the colours on this wonderful card. Yes where does time go???

  12. You did this one quickly? It sure doesn't look like it was. Great water coloring card and image. Love the acetate technique and your is great. This is a wonderful one layer card. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday. We would love to see you again. Best wishes.
    Barbara Design Team Member

  13. Really like this Pat. The background makes the lanterns pop! Lovely.

  14. These Chinese lanterns look super on your background. I like the colour of them. I managed my card for the Rudolph challenge but only because it was a card un shown from last year! Hugs Mrs A.

  15. Beautiful card, Pat. The background is really lovely. Thanks for the instructions of how you created it - I've never thought to do it this way. Gorgeous stamp too, beautifully coloured. xx

  16. A gorgeous stamp Pat and you've coloured it beautifully. I like the subtle touch of blue in the background too. I don't have many CB stamps but that's something that I need to rectify. Thank you for your visits and kind comments :) Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  17. A beautiful creation for our 'Something New' theme at Penny Black and More challenge, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  18. Fab card ! Thank you for joining our January Challenge over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  19. Beautiful! You were so successful with the acrylic smooshing, mine never looks so good. And of course your distress watercolor of these Chinese lanterns is lovely. I really like the color combination on this fab 1 layer card. Good job! TFS & Hugs

  20. A lovely card and the colouring looks beautiful
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x


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