Wednesday 4 July 2018

Flowering Cactus

Hi everyone.  This was a relatively quick card to make as I already had this Brusho snippet in my stash and needed a birthday card so I stamped the cactus onto it using Archival Black Ink and heat set using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  This is from a recently added set of stamps by Chocolate Baroque called Scrumptious Succulents.  There are actually three wonderful new designs featuring cacti, succulents and flowers.

I used Brushos on the background, Scarlet and Brilliant Red, Ultramarine and Lemon.  I also coloured the cactus with the Brushos using a waterbrush, and they covered the image well considering the background was quite a bright colour, although where I stamped in the middle was lighter.

I used orange, yellow and red for the flowers and yellow with the emerald green for the cactus itself.  I added white in places using a gel pen for highlights, and shaded around the cactus base with some brown to ground it.  I also darkened the yellow around the cactus itself to make it stand out more from the background.

I finished by adding the sentiment using Black Archival and heat set again using the Clear Gloss EP.  I die cut it using a Crealies Pierced Rectangle and backed it with a snippet of black card before mounting it on to an approximately 7" x 5" white card.

Thank you for joining me today.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No 329 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes/Birthday.


cuilliesocks said...

Hello Pat, what a fabulous card, I love the background colours and your image is coloured beautifully, Kate x

Mac Mable said...

What a great effect with those brusho's and fabulous stamp too. Unique and creative card full of colour x.

Di said...

Such a beautiful card Pat! Wonderful background and great stamping too.


Di xx

MaryH said...

What a marvelous use of a brusho background. You've covered the background splendidly with the cactus colors (gel pen was a great idea too!) and I love the halo of yellow around the plants. I've not tried coloring like this with Brushos and a water brush as yet. Well done, Pat. TFS & Hugs- Happy weekend.

Viv said...

Well Pat - you have excelled yourself here! What a fab card. Great background and wonderful colours. x

Liz said...

Brilliant card, Pat. The Brusho snippet is beautiful and makes a lovely background for the cactus. xx

Loll said...

Beautiful card Pat! LOVE that brushos background and the watercolouring with Brushos. Your cacti are so pretty!! I have not tried watercolouring with Brushos, but they really do make a statement with their bright, saturated colours. Love it! xx

Kathyk said...

Your cactus is lovely, Pat.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving a lovely comment. The retreat was free but only accessible for the weekend (hence now being locked - sorry). It was a taster of tutorials from a number of their artists and designed to introduce us and to encourage us to sign up (and pay) for online classes. Some of them were way over my head but I felt I could tackle the one I did!!! As you saw, I'm not REALLY any kind of artist!!!


BożenA said...

Your cactus looks so beautiful! Great deep colors and I love the white places where spikes grow from. It looks so realistically :-) And your watercolor background perfectly exposes the cactus.
Thank you for joining the challenge in HLS Watercolor.

Helen said...

Brushos are such fun to play with. Your background is so bright and happy! Sets of the great cactus! Thanks so much for joining in at HLS watercolour Challenge this month!