Wednesday 7 September 2016

Californian Poppies

Hi there everybody.  Today I am showing a card made with one of my favourite flowers and a stamp by Penny Black.  I was late sending this card so opted for something straight forward.  I coloured the poppies using a set of Lyra Aqua Markers, just a small set with basic colours as I just wanted to see how they worked, and I was fairly satisfied with the result.  The paper was a snippet and to be honest as this technique uses a fair amount of water the paper didn't hold up all that well, but as time was short I persevered.

The background was made using the smooshing technique by swiping the inks from the pad on to a piece of acrylic cut to a little larger than my base card,  and I used just a couple of blue inks, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky,  spritzed with water and pulled the paper through it to give quite an even finish.  I wanted a bit darker colour in the top left corner so I added a bit more of the darker colour which was the Stormy Sky DI, and added more water, and this time laid the card down and concentrated on keeping the colour in that corner.

After drying it I stamped just one of the flowers with a bit of the stem using Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and then coloured with the Lyra Aquamarkers.  I used the lightest yellow straight from the pen and then darkened a bit with the next yellow just leaving a few lighter areas, and then finally the orange, which is quite a strong colour, so I used it watered down by putting some of the colour on my glass mat and then used a water brush and gradually darkened in some areas as you can see.

I finished the card by mounting on to a white square base card and layered up using snippets of dark blue and a cream which I cut using a Scalloped Square die from a set by Tonic.  I then added the die cut sentiment using another snippet of dark blue backing the card with Stick It adhesive.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  See you soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 245 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamp It.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Blog - Nature.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Add a Sentiment.


Lin said...

Pretty poppies, Pat, I can imagine them swaying in the breeze! Thanks for sharing them with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Rika said...

So beautiful!

Liz said...

Gorgeous card, Pat. The poppies are beautifully coloured and I love the smooshed background. xx

Mrs A. said...

I love your pretty poppies. Such a pretty colour and so different from the usual red poppies that grow freely in our hedgerows. Hugs Mrs A.

Catherine said...

Beautiful card, Pat! I love the way you colored the flowers. Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Cathie ♥

MaryH said...

The smooshed background is so pretty with the blast of color on these blooming poppies. I think you've captured the cheery yellows with the orange touches just perfectly. I love the PB stamps, and this set is one of my favorites. Well done with the new markers too. The paper doesn't look curled in the finished card either. TFS & Hugs

Jean said...

Beautiful card Pat, I love the water colouring of the poppies and the smooched background.
Jean x

Di said...

Really lovely card Pat and so lovely to see poppies other than red ones too. Wonderful colouring skills you have! I still think you should take up painting after what you showed here (Holy Island) following your holiday in Northumberland!


Di xx

Janice said...

A gorgeous card Pat with beautifully coloured flowers.
Janice x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love these gorgeous California poppies Pat, the colours are lovely.

Sue xx

TaeEun said...

The yellow poppies are so pretty on the soft blue sky background! Beautifully colored!!!

brenda said...

A lovely creation ans beautiful vibrant colours Pat, it's perfect for our 'Add a sentiment' theme, many thanks for joining our August challenge at Penny Black and More.

B x

Kath Stewart said...

beautiful card the background and wow those poppies are gorgeous...thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...enjoy what's left of your weekend...hugs kath xxx

Mervi said...

Beautiful card with pretty flowers, lovely colours.
Thank you for sharing over at Penny Black and more Challenge, good luck for the draw;-))m

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Greta said...

Beautifully colored flowers! Thanks for joining us at PBSC!

Gibmiss said...

Thanks for joining us at PBSC this time .. With your fabulous card... Really lovely background
Hugs Sylvie x

Sue from Oregon said...

Well all your efforts paid off, your card is just lovely!
Thanks for sharing you wonderful inspiration with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

♥ Sue Kment