How to make a watercolour effect painted poppy

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Painted Poppies are such beautiful stamps.  I love adding a soft colour to the flowers and leaving the rest of the card clean and simple. Painted-Poppy-Card


To help you understand how to made these cards I made this step by step how to – which I hope will help you.  All the supplies I used will be listed at the end, along with some other cards I have made with this stamp set.  Click on the photographs to enlarge them.


Stamping Outline

  1. I lay the poppy outline stamp onto my card and moved the stem where I wanted it then stamped it in black ink. Cleaned the stamp with a baby wipe, then lay it onto the card again and arranged it so the flower is looking the other way.  I also stamped the leaf outline to a stem.

Stamping The Layer

  1. Using the solid flower head stamp next, I inked it up with Festive Berries and stamped it off onto a piece of scratch paper so I would get a second generation stamped image on the poppies. I stamped the solid leaf stamp straight onto the card with Frayed Leaf.

Second Generation Stamping

  1. My second generation stamping wasn’t perfect but this was fine as I was going to use my waterbrush to smooth out the colour. I smooshed some ink onto my acrylic block so I could pick up some more colour to add shadows where the darkest areas would be.  Finally, I shaded the leaf the same way and added a bit of Frayed Leaf to the stems.

Finishing The Card

  1. To finish this card I used the sentiment “you make me” and “happy” from the same stamp set.
  1. Now I have a card front I can finish out with some sequins or glitter and then stick it onto a card base.

All the supplies I used are listed below and available in our shop.



Painted Poppies stamp set

Painted Poppies co-ordinating die

Wood Pallet background

Ink – Frayed Leaf, Frosty Pink


Tim Holtz / Ranger

Watercolour Paper

Distress Inks – Pumice Stone, Festive Berries

Archival Jet Black ink


Versamark Embossing ink

Zing Clear embossing powder

Lawn Fawn Acrylic Block

Tonic Mini GuillotineTrimmer

Bazzill Kraft Card

Bazzill Marshmallow card




  1. Janet Machon
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    This is a very beautiful card.

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