Thursday 26 June 2014

Less is More - watercolour

The current challenge over at Less is More is 'Watercolour' - you can use Distress Inks, pencils etc. so long as you use some water in its production. I hate to miss LIM, unless the challenge really stumps me, so I had a little break from other stuff going on here, nipped into the craft room and it took about fifteen minutes to whip up this card - almost 'record quick time' for me:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white linen card blank

- Penny Black 'Poppy Poem' stamp, stamped using black Archival ink and coloured with Tim Holtz Distress inks. I just touched the markers quite lightly on the petals, buds and leaves then dragged the colour out using a water brush

- the sentiment was stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from a lovely set by Winnie and Walter called 'the big, the bold and the happy - WW002'. It's thanks to my lovely friend Sarn that I found this great set of stamps - mwah!

- then just rounded the bottom left corner

In case you missed the post, this is the poppy in our garden three weeks ago that inspired the colouring:
AND, because it was the very first outing of the sentiment stamp set, I'd like to go and play again over at Darnell's playhouse with this as a third entry where she's not far from closing her NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) celebration.

Well done Darnell on making your blog such fun and so successful :) Here's to your next 500 followers - and this card was made very much with friends like you in mind - mwah!



  1. Diane, I love your watercolor poppy and the real one in your garden. You really brought yours to life with the watercolors. Awesome job.

  2. Oh, my heavens, Di, there is close competition on this post between your stunning card and your stunning real life poppy! I have never seen a poppy like that before. It looks like it is handmade with silk and crepe paper!! Back to your card, well done on your design using that bold sediment! I'm seeing W&W bold sediments all over Blogland ... sigh, more for my Mt. NBUS!!

    Thank you for joining a third time to my NBUS Challenge! I am very warmed in my heart by your support!! Mwah! Darnell

  3. Lovely card Di, and a lovely image too!

  4. I' m with Darnell, the real life poppy and th card poppy at gorgeous. The real one does look like it is mad from silky paper!

    Gorgeous card and th watercolour look is so pretty on this.

  5. Love both your poppies Di x

  6. Hi's been a while....sorry. It's just manic here. No moving date as yet but we do seem to be slowly getting there...I'm guessing it will all happen at once in the last week :-)
    Really love the poppy you've used for inspiration and the card you've made....clever you.
    Annie x

  7. I love this pretty poppy card with your delicate colouring.
    Jean x

  8. Super quick card. I loves poppies. I have a red one in the garden but just checked on it and there are no buds at all so guess it is giving this year a miss. Not my year at the moment.! Hugs Mrs A.

  9. This is fab, Di, who doesn't love poppies?

    GDTM Simply Less Is More

  10. This is gorgeous Di and I love that sentiment stamp where did you get it from??? lol and I must apologise I meant to put yesterdays card on your challenge but I totally forgot hope its ok that I put it on today if not let me know hugglesssssss Sue xxxxx heads up the proverbial with the hubster lol

  11. Stunning card Di, yes I did miss the poppy post but what a fabulous shade and I think you have captured it extreemly well. Fab card.

    Kath x

  12. Aww Di this is really pretty l had a go but didn't enter it l have pencils but not used them so still pretty new to watercolouring yours is a stunner a winner in my eyes x

  13. Both your card and the real poppy are beautiful Di!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  14. A really clever card Di especially to match your image so close to your RL poppy. Love the script background to the flower too and your watercolouring of course.
    Have a fun day.
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  15. Di this is fab and that poppy photo is amazing!
    Thanks for joining us at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  16. Good heavens . . . HOW did it miss this beautiful card? It's a stunner Di . . . I just love the image AND the sentiment!

    Congrats on being one of Darnell's winners.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx


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