Friday, 21 August 2015

Geranium Printing


Spending time in the garden is always enjoyable for me so the challenge today at Splitcoast was a good one for me to use.  The challenge was called SMASH IT or POUNDED FLOWERS.
Now there are 2 ways you can do this, either using a Die Cutting Machine or a rubber mallet.

So, I went out into the garden and picked some of the geranium flowers off my plant.


Then, I got out my Cuttlebug and laid the flower heads onto a piece of 90lb. watercolour paper.  I placed a piece of scrap paper over that and rolled it through my machine.

(this pic will give you an idea of how I laid them all on before running them through my machine)

My Cuttlebug pressed out a lot of moisture, so I let the paper dry a bit before removing the flower heads to reveal the background.  Interesting how the flowers printed purple instead of the deep pink.

I wanted to add a bit of detail and watercolour the background and I did that using my watercolour pencils.  Very quick and easy.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Serendipity using my MISTI.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Serendipity- ANYTHING GOES

Craft Stamper- PENS and PENCILS 


Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Sister Act- ANYTHING GOES


Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- Serendipity/ fresh flowers/ Cuttlebug/ watercolour paper/ Memento ink/ Watercolour pencils

35 comments:

Karen Amidon said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

JanR said...

Now that is cool.

SARN said...

What a fascinating idea. Lovely result xxx

Diane Jaquay said...

WOW, such a cool technique and the results are stunning!!!

Anne S said...

WOW!! Very creative and inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card (and technique).

Gabby said...

Turned out beautiful, Karen. Lovely watercolored bkgrd, too. Seems odd that the flowers ended up purple instead of pink ... unless ... they turned after you added the blue watercolor bkgrd. Maybe the mix of colors made them lean toward purple. Pink and red, however, make purple so perhaps it shall remain a mystery. Hee. Regardless of the color, as with every work of art card you create, it's beautiful. :)

Krisha said...

Very pretty card, love the water color look it created.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Karen! I can hardly believe my eyes! It's gorgeous, and it's amazing how the colors changed so beautifully! What a fabulous technique, and what fun! Stunning, my friend! You always delight, and today you outdid yourself, dear friend! Hugs!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Really gorgeous and does have a watercolor look to it. I remember doing this years back and using a hammer. Your method sounds much simpler to me though. I might use my old die cut machine for that purpose if I try it, but since I don't have any flowers this year due to my leg issues I can't try it now.

Joan V said...

Gorgeous and what a great idea. This card is just so pretty and I love the sentiment. Thanks for the inspiration.

OH Babs said...

Karen, once again thank you for sharing a technique. The card is stunning. You are my master teacher, and the price is right. :) Barbara

Anonymous said...

Just pressed purple petunias---thanks for the great idea! Keep them coming, I just LOVE all your ideas. Thanks to you I'm a Brusho freak! haha, really thanks! Peggy White Bear Lake, MN

Loll said...

Really beautiful Karen. Interesting how the deep pink geraniums pressed purple. :) Isn't nature amazing! Love that you actually incorporated real flowers into your card. Love the large sentiment. xx

laurie said...

I have never seen this done before..it's gorgeous! What a fun idea and such a pretty card!

laurie said...

I have never seen this done before..it's gorgeous! What a fun idea and such a pretty card!

Faith A said...

OMG, I did't know this was possible, I LOVE the effect you have achieved and the sentiment suits it beautifully.

Anonymous said...

I sandwiched the blossoms between two pieces of watercolor paper--2 for 1!!!! bonus oxox Peggy White Bear Lake, MN

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous! I love the detail on the buds :)

Davi said...

Im always amazing when I use the technique how the colors can turn out so different from the real flowers!! You card is stunning and they look like they were truly watercolored, VERY pretty :)

Mary Dew Lee said...

Wow! that is beautiful! I have some newly bloomed coreopsis that I should try. Wonder how the bright yellow flowers would do? That verse is so perfect for this time of year when everything is ready for harvest!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Well WOW! What a fabulous technique! I have never thought of doing this - what a gorgeous outcome! Love the sentiment too!

SmilynStef said...

What a cool technique ... and congrats on your win at STAMPlorations.

Becca Cruger said...

This is SO freaking cool! Wow! I'm totally going to try this because I was wondering how you colored the flowers so well! Ah-mazing! Congrats, by the way on your win over at STAMPlorations!

Bobby said...

This is fabulous, Karen. I remember doing something like this years and years ago. I love they way they came out, purple and all, and the little heads, too.

Gunilla/Nilla said...

Your card is stunning! I´ll have to try this myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Have a lovely day//Gunilla

Joi at RR said...

Absolutely STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL - awe struck. j.

michele said...

Fabulous card :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Team Clark said...

This card is so beautiful!

Sarah Ashley Posch said...

Wow, wow, WOW! This is gorgeous, and at first I wondered how you created it. I had no idea something like this was possible. Now I'm headed out to the yard!

Linda said...

This is so beautiful ..... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous creation... thanks for joining in the TIMI challenge!

xxx Ellie Knol xxx

TaeEun said...

Oh, WOW ! It's beautiful! I didn't know that something like this is possible!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

When I first saw this I thought that these looked just like real flowers... AND THEY ARE! This is such an interesting technique. How very cool!

Vickie Z said...

Too cool!! Tha tBg is gorgeous and love the Serendipity sentiment!! So glad you played at SSCB!!

Jeanne J said...

Wow that background is amazing! I would NEVER ever have thought to press flowers but its beautiful. I thought they were stamped! Really unique and pretty. Thanks for showing me how!