April 12, 2017


This particular stamp set has been featured on my blog numerous times. Why, you ask? Because it is so beautiful for this time of the year -- and I LOVE it! It is so much fun to work with because there are virtually endless possibilities for it. Techniques, I mean.

And, once again, having endured a Wisconsin winter, we are all so ready to see these beautiful blossoms appear in person. I'm just getting a head start.


The other night, I was really in a mood to work with an emboss resist. But I wanted to do it a little differently than I had any time in the past.

Using Whisper White cardstock, I first of all, ran my Embossing Buddy over it to remove any static and prevent stray embossing powder where I didn't want it.

I stamped the image carefully in VersaMark ink. Then, at the Heat Station, I covered the sticky stamping with white embossing powder. 

Although watching embossing powder heat up and turn shiny and raised is always a cool magic to witness, for some reason, it is especially gratifying to watch this particular stamped image go through the embossing process.

Once the white embossing was cooled sufficiently, I used Sponge Daubers with Pink Pirouette ink on the blossoms, Wild Wasabi on the leaves and Crumb Cake on the bit of stem that shows.

Since the Sponge Daubers were larger than the blossoms I was inking, especially on the stem, leaves and buds, and even though I was being super careful in my inking, some of the ink -- no surprise -- went outside the lines. Oh no!!


WARNING: PHOTO BOMB! While I was taking my photos this morning, my Fred decided to check out the action.


To rectify the outside the lines situation -- although it didn't bother me all that much -- I grabbed my Prismacolor Pencils and went to work with about 12 different colors of pencils. I used the colored pencils sort of like you would use Copic Markers when coloring an image.

My first layer was my light coat of inked color. Working with that base color, I added lighter and darker shades of similar colors. 

The green of the leaves showed so much around the leafy areas, I decided to play with that green and I incorporated some of the same hue into my shading on the flowers. Because green and pink combined make a sort of brown, it worked wonderfully.


Once Fred checked everything out and knocked down my trifold for photographing, he settled in and became part of the photo shoot.

To work everything together into a cohesive unit, I added the green all around the image, fluffed out my colored pencil marks and gave the finished piece a delicate, dreamy appearance. 

Although the finished piece measures the same as a traditional card front, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", I decided not to create a card from it. So, right now it is settled on an easel.

Have your creative endeavors brought you anything a little different lately? Can you share with us?



  1. This piece of art is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Happy Easter.

    Fair Meadow Place

  2. Thanks for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty, I shared your post.

  3. My friend creates beautiful cards like you do. As I say to her these are beautiful little works of art.

  4. Such a beautiful card. Thanks for linking up with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

  5. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  6. Linda, Lovely set of flowers. I'm not going a bit outside the lines is bad but you have done a great job of coloring these flowers. Sylvia D.

  7. Wow, I love your flowers. They are amazing. They are definitely a work of art.

  8. This is one of my favorite techniques. Yours came out beautiful!

  9. That is a work of art. I was surprised to see it so tiny by the cat!

  10. I think Fred approves of your gorgeous work of art Linda. Beautifully done as always

  11. I can see why this stamp is one of your favorites. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this post at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared on social media.

  13. This is beautiful (as always). But I have to say I love the color names "Wild Wasabi" and "Crumb Cake". Your photo bomber is a cutey.


  14. Oh so pretty! Thank you for linking up at #TheBloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  15. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW DIY party

  16. Very pretty and I'm glad to see that Fred gave his stamp of approval! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.