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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Purple Poppies

Thank you for all your kind wishes & understanding - they are much appreciated. I am much improved & now have good movement with both the arms.

I've been wanting to experiment further with watercolouring using inks  & especially what effects can be achieved using just the one inkpad - in this case Nick Bantock's Damson Plum. Nick Bantock's inkpads are dye based & behave similarly to Distress Inks in that they react with water giving further interesting nuances of colour. Like Distress Inks the effects achieved  also vary in accordance with the type of paper they are applied to. The paper I used here - Winsor & Newton Cotman 190gsm Cold Pressed/NOT Grain Fin Watercolour Paper - is one I come back to time & again with these inks for being 190gsm it allows me to fussy cut without wrecking my scissors.

front of card
close-up of water coloured poppy image
contrasting with patterned paper
Close-up showing gem & sequin
butterflies embellishing plus tone-on-tone
stamping with patterned paper background 
close-up showing brad with leaf sequins
& ribbon embellishing over
 tone-on-tone stamped background
inside of card showing stamped images
& pearlescent matting layer
The photographs show some of the white or cream areas as tinged with green - especially apparent in my second photograph above: there seems to be some kind of reaction when photographing whites/creams & purples together.  I tried various photo editing options to no avail & this is the best I could get it.

The poppies were repeatedly stamped in Nick Bantock Damson Plum & then watercoloured using ink from the same inkpad. Once dry a strip of the images was cut off so as to leave some parts of the flowers & leaves extending outside the cut edge to be fussy cut individually (see above close-up photo of watercoloured poppy).

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UDLSP0320 Fresh Florals (poppies on front), UA6SP0272 Abstract Flowers (tone on tone background) & UA4SP0151 Flora & Fauna (inside card).
Inks Nick Bantock Damson Plum (poppies on front & inside, edging purple panel inside card); Dusty Concord Distress Ink (edging patterned paper); Emboss Tinted Stamp Pad (tone on tone background).
Cardstock White plus assorted purples in various finishes from stash.
Paper Winsor & Newton Cotman 190gsm Cold Pressed/NOT Grain Fin Watercolour Paper; Graphicus Guild Membership Pack (patterned paper).
The gems are Anita's whereas the sequins, brad & ribbon are from stash.

I also have a Zentangle post today HERE.


Sally H said...

Ooooh, Paula! That is gorgeous! Not heard of Nick Bantock inks before - will have to investigate! I love how you have used the poppies inside and out - fabulous design and that colour is gorgeous!

jackiescrafts said...

What a gorgeous card Paula I love how you have done the colour tone on tone it looks really effective

Jackie x

Jean Straw said...

Hi Paula. I'm so glad you are feeling better and hope you continue to make a full recovery.
Your purple poppy card is beautiful, the mono colouring is very pretty and gentle on the eye.I like the the addition of the little butterflies on the side as well.
Jean x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Paula, I'm glad you are feeling much better. Your card is very beautiful, love the purple and your embellishments. The colouring of the poppies is fabulous and so are the images on the inside. Have a great week, Shirleyx

craftimamma said...

Paula, it's wonderful to see you back in action! I hope that your improvement continues apace and that you will feel much more painfree with each day that passes.

As for your card ..... well my friend it is absolutely a joy to behold! That purple is a stunning colour (I've not heard of those inks either) and your colouring is perfect....I clicked & enlarged to see the teeny details, lol! On the card it almost looks like an embroidered panel. As always your attention to the detail of the inside finishes your creation to perfection.

Take care Paula and I am willing your improvement to continue with as many positive thoughts as I can muster.

Lesley Xx

Pat said...

A lovely card, butterflies and poppies what could be better. Love the way the poppy design overlaps the background, and the inside is just as beautiful as the outside. Sorry you haven't been well, but glad you are on the mend.

Aquarius said...

Beautiful watercolour effect here using an inkpad. I've heard of these but never come across them. Good to see you back in action

Elaine said...

Stunning Paula!
I adore this style of card. Using the same colour keeps it all tied together so beautifully.
The image is gorgeous and coloured delicately to enhance and not overshadow it.
I also love how you've carried it through to the inside of the card which makes it complete.
Love this Paula.

I am very happy to hear you are feeling much better!

Big hugs to you
Love Elaine xxx

alexandra s.m. said...

Good to "see" you posting my Friend!
I'm sorry I didn't come sooner.
I love your work around that color, you've proven how mystical purple is even in the paper craft world.
Thank You~