Hi, if you’ve followed the blog and YouTube channel for a while, it should come as no surprise that I love to watercolour florals. I get bad hay fever and can’t have flowers inside so my option is to have paintings of flowers. For today’s tutorial, I use the With Sympathy stamp set by Trinity Stamps with CP inks. Watch the video tutorial here on YouTube and read on for the written tutorial.
I stamp the floral image with Twilight ink, using both 1st and 2nd generation stamping onto Bristol card. With the flower stamped in 1st generation, I use a waterpot and a watercolour paintbrush. The ink colours I use are Rouge and Pink Champagne for the petals. Lemongrass with a small amount of Rouge for the flower centres and Sage for the stems.
You have more control with the blender pen. No worry over blooms in your painting, knocking over your water pot or all your petals bleeding into one! Both flowers are diecut with the coordinating die.
Both backgrounds are swinked with Hot Tub ink. The “With Sympathy” is on Bristol card, and the “I care for you” is Neenah card. Swinking is when you lightly drag your ink pad down your card. (You can also swink to ink up your stamps for fun effects). This is the first time I have swinked. I found it much easier on the Bristol card. It took me three attempts with Neenah card to get an effect I liked.
I’m still not sure if the background swinking should be in a neutral tone – Twilight. Sympathy cards are tricky (and not fun to send) – are these too bright and cheerful??
I finished both cards with three Bubble Blow Out embellishments. Glued down with the Easy Squeeze Crystal clear glue by Brutus Monroe. I have a feeling this will quickly become my go-to glue. It is so easy to hold and use, and to get a tiny dot of glue to hold the tiny embellishments.
Which is your favourite card?
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