Saturday, 24 March 2018

Watercolour Garden Scene

Hi everyone.  Well, I have managed to get my card made for the CAS Watercolour Challenge, a little close to the wire but  I made it.  This is a challenge which I do love to enter and the theme of garden seemed to indicate a mix of flowers, so I came up with this which I hope is OK.

I had a white stitched mat of approximately 4" square which was the waste from the frame I made for the last card, so decided to  use that.  I found a sketchy PB Irises stamp which I have had for a while, but unfortunately doesn't seem to be readily available now,  and infilled with a leafy stamp from a set by Chocolate Baroque called Lily.

I inked up the CB stamp with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, spritzed with a litle water and stamped the foliage to either side of the mat, a little poetic license as the foliage would normally not be blue but I love the combination of the blue with the purple.  I then used the Irises stamped with Wilted Violet for the flowers and Lucky Clover for the foliage and again spritzed with some water and stamped it three times to fit into the gap.  It did overlap the other stamps a little but looks OK without doing any masking which is difficult to do with this sort of stamp.  I did ink just parts of the stamp with this in mind, and I used my Misti which means you can go over it repeatedly until you are happy with the results.  I finished with a bit of second and third generation stamping of the CB stamp just to give the impression of a border full of flowers.

Finally I added some background colouring with blending foam, making a sunny patch in the centre using Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin,  and then around the edges with more Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio around the bottom.

I finished with a mat using a dark green card and added the sentiment using Versamark Smokey Gray ink.

Unfortuately I didn't manage to get the two cards done for Darnell's Twofer Challenge or Loll and Bonnie's other challenge CAS Christmas, as with everything else going on at the moment I know I won't have time, but there is still over a day to go on both of these so maybe some others of you out there may be more organised than me.  Things do return to normal after this weekend though. 

Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon.  

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Garden.
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Floral Frenzy.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).
Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple.
Happy Little Stampers March Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).


  1. Beautiful garden card Pat. Love those sweet iris and all the foliage around them. The added sponged colour for the background is really perfect. It draws your eyes
    right to the irises. The colours are so beautiful too ... like a sunny day. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

  2. So beautiful! Your water color stamping turned out great. I love the yellow center, it really draws your eye to the flowers. Wonderful design!

  3. Hello Pat
    Wow love your card... beautiful... love all your inking...
    thanks for joining us at PBSC
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  4. A simply beautiful watercolour scene Pat. x

  5. Oh my, Pat, what a wonderful piece of art. Your watercolouring is absolutely stunning. With gorgeous results it would be difficult not to allow the poetic license in your foliage colours. Thanks so much for playing along with our HLS March Watercolour Challenge.

  6. You have made your gorgeous flower garden glow with your background beautiful, my friend. I LOVE all your 2nd and 3rd generation stamping to give the look of a beautiful garden blooming with all different varieties of flowers. Very pretty Pat. TFS and so pleased you were able to join us at CAS watercolour. Hugs..

  7. It looks like a beautiful garden in a sunset, Pat!!! The blended background makes it look so artistic!

  8. love the look of your garden mf...the way it glows is just wonderful..well done!!
    Thanks so much for playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge.
    :) Karen xx

  9. Oh my Pat this is stunning! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

  10. Seems to be a very busy time for many of us, Pat! I'm glad you made time to stamp and watercolor this beautiful garden! I love irises and they are very pretty with the blue! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  11. Your garden is so pretty, Pat, I swear I can smell the heady fragrance and I love the glow of the sunshine in the background! No worries not making the Twofer challenge, I know you've been really busy doing fun things!! Hugs, Darnell

  12. This should be framed as it is so beautiful and artsy x

  13. Beautiful watercolor garden, Pat, and I love the golden glow behind it! Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  14. What a pretty little garden scene you have created here Pat! It looks just like a miniature watercolour painting! So beautiful! A winner in my book! Have a wonderful day my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
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  15. What a gorgeous water colored scene! Thanks for playing with our CAS challenge at ATSM. All the best, Cathy

  16. I think the colors look lovely together, (even if you did use creative license). It's a beautiful flower garden, and your spritz stamping looks so good! I loved the sunny glow at the center, and also that you were able to use a 'snippet' in making this pretty card. You're ahead of me on getting into the challenge, and I missed the 2fer as well. Just FYI, this comment came into my email notification, so perhaps things will improve on that score! TFS & Happy Easter. Hugs

  17. Congratulations on the shout out and Outstanding Design over at The CAS Watercolour challenge with your fabulous card x

  18. Fab makes, love your soft image too. Sounds like you've a lot going on and .. it's not like there won't be another challenge along that you may have time to enter - wishing you luck


  19. This is such a beautiful card Pat. I love the water colour effect on your stamped flowers and the background is just perfect. I really like your layout too as I think the white frame is just perfect. Wishing you a very Happy Easter x

  20. Stunning card, Pat. The design is just beautiful!'Xx

  21. Love how those watercoloured irises turned out. Beautiful card! Thankyou for joining us this month at Penny Black Saturday Challenge Ger DT


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