Watercolor Poppies

Hi readers! Happy Thursday! I’m happy to bring you some cheery & floral inspiration from our pal Lisa Spangler, who is our guest on the blog today! I don’t know about you, but I’ve really gotten into watercolor stamping! I love the soft subtle color, not to mention it’s just FUN! Lisa brings a trio of beauty to us today featuring the new Poppy in the Wind stamp from Hero Arts! Enjoy!

Hello hello! I am so happy to be joining you today! I’m sharing a fast and simple notecard set that I made using one of my favorite techniques: painting watercolors on stamps. It’s so fun that once you get started you won’t want to stop! Plus, I love how each card is unique, even though it uses the same supplies.
Speaking of supplies, I should mention that my color scheme and the whole idea came from some awesome paper in the BasicGrey Fresh Cut 12×12 collection pack — it’s just so romantic and pretty!
To get started, use a water mist bottle and mist your watercolor set. Give it a really good mist, don’t be shy! Then wait about 5-10 minutes until the water has seeped in and activated the watercolors. It will kind of be the consistency of frosting. (Yum.)

Now that your paints are prepared, grab a brush, wet it with water so that it’s damp but not dripping wet and pick up some paint and apply it to the stamp. You may need to practice a bit to figure out the consistency, but once you get it it’s so worth it! It’s better to be on the dry side than have it be too wet, especially as you can always fix it later.

For this poppy, I applied yellow to the center and pinks and oranges to the petals. Then working fast I went ahead and stamped it on white cardstock.


If it doesn’t come out just grab your brush and add more color — or if there is a blob of solid color, add some water to move it around. Love how each flower comes out different!
Then once the flower has dried, add a darker color to the center. In this case I used a dark gray.

To finish off the cards, I stamped a message in Hero Arts charcoal ink, then after it was dry I painted on some watercolor blobs here and there. Then I added a strip of that gorgeous floral paper plus a thin strip (also from the pack) of pink. I sewed the strip with metallic gold thread, then added some gems and pearls. And that was that! Three cards done.

Can’t wait to give these to people — and can’t wait to make MORE! Thanks so much for joining me! xo


Thanks for reading today and thanks to Lisa for being our guest!

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