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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Pretty As a Picture" Poppy Watercolour Painting Oval Card featuring Blockheads stamps!

Hello Stamping Friends!

"Pretty As a Picture" 
Poppy Watercolour Painting Oval Card
I've got another Egg shaped card for you today featuring more of Blockheads Paper Arts rubber stamps and products!  I designed this oval shaped card for those of you who wanted some Spring/Easter inspiration but needed something a little bit easier to do than my Spring 3D Pop-Up Easter Egg Card ;0)

This one will be a snap for those of you lucky to own some of the new grand or mega Spellbinder dies but don't worry those are not a requirement at all coz you can easily make your own oval templates!
The main focal point of this card is the gorgeous Poppy rubber stamp available from Blockheads!  This image lends itself to so many stamping techniques but for this tutorial I wanted to show you how you can create a watercolour painting with rubber stamps and then turn it into a beautiful handmade card that will surely be treasured by all who receive one ;0)  So lets get started...

Ink up the stamp with any dye ink in a light neutral colour, I used Ancient Page Stone Gray, and remove most of the ink by stamping it onto a piece of scrap paper.  Immediately stamp again onto a sheet of paper designed for use with watercolour paints/pencils or markers.  The stamped image should be faint but still visible enough for you to see for colouring.  
I coloured the flower and the background with a combination of pastel pencils and watercolour pencils and blended them with a Dove blender pen to create the look of a watercolour painting.

I don't have any large oval Spellbinder dies yet so I made my own out of chipboard and traced the shape onto my poppy painting, cut it out and then edged the oval with a broad point black paint pen.  
At this point I decided to punch up the colouring of the petals a bit more and added just a touch of R27 (red) Copic marker and blended it a bit with a Copic colourless blender.

I then stamped the sentiment 'For You' from the Blockheads FL501-2C Sentiment Stamp Set in Memento Tuxedo black ink onto the same paper I used for the poppy painting (so the shade of white would match) and used a Spellbinder die to cut out the oval shape.
Then based on the size of my poppy painting I made more chipboard oval templates to create the mat layers for the poppy panel and also the sentiment piece in red, white and black cardstock.  I cut the large red and white mats out with scalloped 'Cloud' Fiskars scissors - those larger Spellbinders dies would make this part so much easier, going to have to get some of those for sure!  I used black cardstock to make the folded oval shaped card with a flat part at the top where the card folds and a flat part at the bottom to allow the card to stand.


I then glued the large red oval to the white mat (the same white paper I used for the poppy painting) with a permanent adhesive tape runner and also adhered a piece of black and red ribbon, available at Michaels, to the red mat and secured the ends with double-sided sticky tape to the back of the white mat.  
Then attached the layers to the black folded card and adhered the poppy painting to the red mat with permanent adhesive and assembled the sentiment piece too.
Next I cut a swirly flourish out of black cardstock with a Sizzix die and trimmed off the left hand swirl to use on another part of the card.

I attached the main flourish to the sentiment and then the whole piece to the front of the card with permanent adhesive tape.  I also put a dab of glue onto the small flourish piece I trimmed off and adhered it to the card by tucking it behind the poppy layer.
I finished off my Poppy card with a beautiful bow made from the same ribbon I used on the mat layers.  I cut the ends of the ribbon into dove tail points and adhered it to the card with a glue dot.
I hope I've inspired you to try your hand at creating watercolour paintings with your rubber stamps and turning them into beautiful cards sure to please!  I don't think this card will make it to the trash can, do you? :0) 

For more inspiration please check out my other tutorials and also pop on over to see what, Karen, my fellow Blockheads Design Teamster is up to!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week! 

Leigh S-B
Blockheads Design Team Member


  1. I am inspired!!! This is uber gorgeous!! Love the way your water coloring turned out. I have to get this stamp!

  2. PS: how the heck did you cut out an oval with those scissors??!!

  3. Oh WOW oh WOW. Simply elegant, with an oriental feel about it. Love the water colouring..! Beautiful as always ;)

  4. Thank you! I'm so thrilled you all like my Poppy Oval/Egg card ;0)
    Yes, cutting the oval with the fancy scissors is a bit of a challenge but do-able! Just go slowly and don't get too fanatical if the last scallop where you join up isn't perfect ;0)


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Leigh S-B