When I saw this awesome image by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker I Immediately fell in love with it. I’m talking about the awesome Dahlia XL stamp set from Power Poppy this stamp set can be bought in clear as well as digital.
And if you hurry you can get these and other stamps (clear and digital) on a massive sale right now!! https://powerpoppy.com/
I start stamping the clear stamp with Distress Spun Sugar because I wanted a no line colouring look, also I wanted a light under layer with the same ink. Therefore I first stamped the Dahlia on masking paper and carefully cut it out.
I placed my panel in to my stamping tool and I used the flower mask as a guide of where to place my stamp, closed my stamping tool and picked up the stamp with my door for later.
After that I placed the outline mask on top of my panel and with a blending brush I lightly gave the flower some pink colour, it’s hard to see in the picture right below. I placed the picture again on it’s own, so you can see it a little better. After that was dry, which was almost immediately, I stamped the flower.
I started colouring with my Polychromos pencils.
I had found an amazing picture of a pink with purple Dahlia on Internet and although it was a different Dahlia I used the same colour scheme.
I never had coloured a no line image before and the light in my craft room is not that good, so I decided that I only would colour this image by daylight and that amounted to one or two leaves a day.
After one and a half week I got an inflammation in my thumb joint. The inflammation wasn’t from the colouring but prevented me from colouring and it took a few weeks before I could colour again.
Although I had a deadline because I wanted to make this flower into a card for my sister’s birthday, I kept colouring slow but steady.
I loved colouring this beautiful image and saw it come to life under my hands, colouring petal by petal.
When the flower was coloured I wanted to make a very simple background and thought of stamping wooden planks behind the flower in a blue colour. Fortunately I tried it first on a scrap piece of paper, neither the stamp, nor the colour I had in mind suited the flower.
After trying out several things on scrap I decided to just make some simple stripes with Distress ink on the background. Therefore I needed my Dahlia mask again.
Although I was scared that I would ruin my image I used painters tape, Blueprint Sketch ink and a blending tool to make the broad stripes.
Of course it’s always better to make your background before colouring. I think I would have gone mad if something went wrong with my coloured flower, it took me so much time and effort to colour it.
But in this case I didn’t know exactly what kind of colour I wanted for my background, that’s the reason I did it after colouring.
And then I had to decide what to do with my sentiment. Nothing I tried was great, luckily on the same time I got a post from the Power Poppy website with their weekly challenge, this time they had two sketches and on one of them I found the solution. I made two strips with a fishtail for the top of the card with
stickers in Dutch which translates into Happy Birthday.
I adhered my panel to a slightly bigger card base from dark blue cardstock with 1 mm. foam tape and with 0.5 mm. foam tape I adhered the two sentiment strips on to the panel.
And that finished this card and I totally love how this card turned out.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Power Poppy Clear Stamp Dahlia XL (also available as digital stamp set)
Distress Ink Spun Sugar
Distress Blending Brushes
Polychromos Pencils 101 White – 119 Light Magenta – 125 Middle Purple Pink – 133 Magenta – 194 Red Violet – 129 Pink Madder Lake – 123 Fuchsia – 127 Pink Carmine – 225 Dark Red– 263 Caput Mortuum Violet – 109 Dark Chrome Yellow
Caran D’ache Luminance 001 White
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
Kum Automatic Long Point pencil sharpener
Ranger Craft Sheet
TH Stamping tool
Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch
Distress Ink Blending Tool
Dark blue cardstock base card
Doodey Text Sticker DD1422 (Dutch)