Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Favorite Flowers- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Wow....I've got some fun, inspiration, Guest Designers and amazing prizes coming your way!

This month at 
we are celebrating our 
1st Year Birthday!!!

You must check out all the great prizes to be won...it's going to be a great month.
The theme is such an easy one, 

So onto my card.
One of my most favourite flowers are hollyhocks.  I can't seem to grow them because of all the clay soil in my garden, but I love seeing them in all their beauty and majesty.  A truly old fashioned, elegant looking flower.
I immediately thought of the hollyhock stamp I have by ISC (now sadly the company is closed) and how much I loved to use it for a watercolouring technique.
So I placed the stamp into my Misti, coloured with Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I repeated that process adding darkers shades of the colours until I was happy with the overall look.  Using the Misti, makes that process very easy to add layers of color.
To do the background, I scribbled some of the marker onto my non-stick craft sheet and picked up the ink with a wet paintbrush.  I always like to wet my paper first before going onto it with the ink filled paintbrush.  When that was all dry, I stamped the sentiment using my Misti again.


Please come and play along with us this month.  
The prizes are amazing!

Also adding my card to these challenges:
Watercooler Wed.- FEMININE ANYTHING GOES
A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Crafty Creations- ANYTHING GOES


Supplies
Stamps- Hollyhocks (retired)/ Enjoy the Moment (Daisy Bucket)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento/ Tombow Markers
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti/ paintbrush/ non-stick craft mat (Ranger)/ mister (TH)



37 comments:

Lisa Tilson said...

So beautiful Karen, I just LOVE the loose look of your watercolouring - this is such a pretty card, I would love to be able to do this - I must try with my ziggies to see if I can make it work. The colours are stunning - I am a sucker for bright pink. Just beautiful, Lisa x

Henry said...

Wow, you created an amazing card, Karen!!! Your style and technic are so special!!!
Henry

Susan said...

Hollyhocks are one of my favourite flowers too, and luckily I am able to grow them. You've depicted them beautifully. And beautiful background with those various soft colours.

Mac Mable said...

So artsy and so very pretty. Great layering with the stamping and thank you for explaining how you did this fabulous card x

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's very beautiful Karen

gr karin

Glennis said...

lovely card Karen

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is so gorgeous and I love that you used all white layers for your design. That creates a great way to showcase those pretty blooms and wonderful sentiment panel.

Pat said...

I love hollyhocks too Karen and these are perfect given the watercolour straight to stamp technique, and the soft mixture of colours in the background look great. x

Lin said...

I love this, Karen! Definitely one of my favorite flowers, too - they make me think of my Grandfather!

Bonnie said...

I love hollyhocks too, Karen. When I was little, my mother had some in a flower bed. I can't grow them either so I always enjoy seeing them when you use them. These are especially pretty!

Michelle Wallace said...

So beautiful!

Bobby said...

I haven't seen hollyhocks growing in a long time. Karen. I remember we used to make dolls out of the flowers. Your watercolor hollyhocks are so pretty.

Christine Alexander said...

I am in awe of your watercolouring, the hollyhocks and background are amazing :)

Maxine D said...

Karen this is beautiful - love the stamping on the hollyhock.
Blessings
Maxine

Anke said...

WOW I love your card, Karen. Fantastic watercoloring, great background and beautiful flowers.

Hugs
Anke

clavell said...

I love your card! The colors...the background...the layering...all gorgeous!♥

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Karen: What a beautiful card, love the amazing water color look of this flowers and background, the intense pink of this hollyhocks makes them jump off the page, simply lovely.
It's amazing how fast this past year flew by, being on the company of such awesome card makers is one of the most rewarding experiences of my blogging adventure.
Big Hugs,
Maria.

Loll said...

Your hollyhocks are so pretty Karen. Love that soft background of mixed colours and then the bright pop of pink. Beautiful creation as always, my friend. Congrats on your 1st birthday at The Flower Challenge! xx

Gwendolyn said...

Gorgeous flowers Karen! I love that water-coloured look with Tombows and water, I always seem to add too much water or not enough so using the Misti is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, sweet friend! Yes, you always do hollyhocks so beautifully, and I just love the soft watercolor version. I love it and love the color! Amazing! I'm so excited about celebrating The Flower Challenge's first anniversary -- woohoo! I am even joining you all! Hugs, sweet friend! xoxo

papierelle said...

That's amazing and a great coloring work.

Ruth said...

Oh gorgeous Karen! I love Hollyhocks too and these are so ethereal and pink. I love that everyone is using old stamps too - it's worth hanging on to them! Can't believe we have been doing this for a year. Such a fun time!! xx

Tieva Design said...

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog!
I love your card, soooo colorful and so much fun.
Gabi

Viv said...

Such a beautiful creation again Karen, thank you for all the lovely comments and being in our fabulous team too ;) hugs Viv xx

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Karen for joining us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Your water coloured Hollyhocks are simply beautiful. I love the background and beautiful sentiment and all the layers of card stock that make up your card front. Beautiful!

Daffodil Cards said...

Such a very Beautiful card Karen, love the background too, and of course your wonderful sentiment.
Faith
x

TaeEun said...

I'm not a fan of hollyhocks, but your card is really pretty, Karen!!! Love the colors you used for the background! It gives the image an artistic look!!!

Heidi Weaver said...

Oh, Karen, I love hollyhocks, too. My Dad used to grow them in a variety of colours and they were stunning in his garden. Your beautiful watercolouring and soft, almost dreamlike, background makes me think of a warm summer's day with a breeze just barely moving the flowers so that they appear to be dancing. Lovely work. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning and I love the beauty of the flowers...Slowly getting back to commenting after the influenza strain [aNNie]

Marina said...

Like a garden after the rain - beautiful.

Julye said...

Such a pretty card , I have the same problem of clay soil but have managed to grow some hollyhocks in pots though they don't reach the same heights , maybe I'll try a bigger pot next year. Love the soft effect you achieved thanks for sharing.

Kath Ricks said...

I love the hollyhocks! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Cara said...

Wow, just stunning x

Gail said...

Hollyhocks are my favourite flower, too! They remind me of my grandmother, who always had them in her garden. This is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

libbystamps said...

Gorgeous color choice on these flowers - soo pretty! Thanks for joining our 'Anything Goes Feminine' Water Cooler Challenge this week!

Anna-Karin said...

Lovely! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations. Anna-Karin DT

Karren said...

Beautiful card, Karen! Your hollyhocks look so pretty and the background is fabulous!