A watercolored tulip birthday


My friend just told me she received this card, so now I can share it with you.

As a papercrafter, I dearly love sending cards to family, friends, and Operation Write Home. But it is a wee bit intimidating to send out a card to a sister papercrafter – especially one that knows all the techniques and has all the stamps, paper, ink, and tools the industry currently offers. So for this special card, I REALLY had to step up my game. I honestly didn’t keep track of the colors or products used (but I used a LOT). The beginning was pretty simple, stamping and masking (and stamping again) the tulips, stems, and leaves onto 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper using Sepia Archival Ink, then stamping the sentiments using Jet Black Stazon Ink. Then it gets a little hazy.


I remember spritzing the watercolor paper and then inking script sentiment using Distress Ink Crushed Olive, spritzing the inked rubber and then stamping the sentiment along the bottom of the card. After I watercolored in the flowers, stems, and leaves using various Distress Ink colors (maybe Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive again, Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick) as ink pads and markers, I lightly scribbled the Tumbled Glass in between the stems and under the flower heads, and washed the color into the background. The resulting blend of color where the script ink and the color wash collided is a delightful teal (and hence the color choice for my card base).


To create some fun visual interest, I again spritzed the watercolor paper to wet it across the top only and then used Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and a dotted stencil (I know there’s another name for this stencil ***edited to add the name – sequin waste – thanks Bonnie!) to sponge color on a diagonal slant across the top of the card; let it dry, then sponged some more of the same color through the sequin waste strip again to deepen the effect here and there. I also used the same sequin waste strip with SU Tempting Turquoise to add a little texture to the teal base card.

I really liked how the card finished and better still, the recipient liked it too. Happy Birthday dear friend.

Stamps: Tulips, Poppy (stem only) by Sheena Douglass; sentiments by TAC (out of business)

***Thank you so much for reading this post but I had to turn off comments because of spam. However, I am still available by email and would love to hear your thoughts on this card.

5 thoughts on “A watercolored tulip birthday

  1. OK. You’re becoming WAAAY too talented! You’ve now mastered the art of watercoloring. this is just beautiful, and all the details, like the script and the dots in the background just add special little touches that really bring it to life. I’m sure it is ten times more gorgeous in real life.

  2. As the lucky recipient of this most awesome card, I can tell you that it is even more stunning IRL – I think this is the most beautiful card I’ve ever received. Am real anxious to give it a try but sure I’ll never equal this beauty. Thanks tons KR.

  3. Now that’s absolutely stunning, Kelly Rae. The tulips are beautifully done, and the textural interest from the text stamp and the stencil–perfection. Talk about adding pressure! LOL

  4. Oh my gosh…how gorgeous is this! Hmmmm……just in case you need to practice on this one again, my birthday is in April! Lol… Beautiful card, KellyRae!

  5. Would the stencil actually be sequin waste?

    I love everything! I too have been dabbling in watercolor, but my attempts are feeble compared to this beauty!