Tuesday 4 December 2018

Large Poinsettia- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning.
Time for a new theme at 

I think it is fun to go back and re-discover some older, much loved stamps.  This poinsettia stamp is for sure one of my favourites to use for creating holiday cards.

So onto my card.
I chose to make this wonderful Penny Black Poinsettia the star of my card.
I have had this stamp for a long time and I always love the look of a red poinsettia.
I stamped the flower with some Memento Black then used some Distress Oxide inks to watercolour the image.  I just rubbed my ink pad directly onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with some water and picked up the ink with a wet paintbrush.  I fussy cut it out and to give it a big pop of shine, I rubbed the whole flower with my Versamark pad and clear heat embossed.  It gave the flower lots more stability and also gave it a wonderful texture.

The background was created by rubbing some Candied Apple, Festive Berries and Barn Door Distress Oxide inks over a piece of white cardstock using a blending brush.  When I was happy with the colour blends, I took the Circles Makes Circles Stencil from A Colorful Life and some water and lifted the ink in places to add interest. I repeated that process using the Mini Grid stencil as well giving the background more depth and interest.
When that was dry, I splattered with some white acrylic paint then glued the flower over the top.
I stamped the sentiment and pop dotted it over the flower as not to cover up the interest the background gave.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Inks- Distress Oxide (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Stencils- A Colorful Life; Misti (My Sweet Petunia); pop dots;
white acrylic paint; clear EB powder; heat tool; sponging tool (TH)


cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful card Karen, love that large bloom and your colouring, Kate x

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful colored and fussy cut and heat embossed Red Poinsettia, Karen. I love your sponged red background with added color lifting with a stencil. TFS your monochromatic beauty, my friend. Merry Christmas..Hugs, Nancy

Susan said...

Beautiful large poinsettia! Lovely and festive in all red. I really like challenges that want us to use older stamps - too many of mine are languishing in drawers!

I Card Everyone said...

Traditional red, but more spectacular than I've seen irl, Karen! LOve your sensational effects!

Loll said...

Beautiful Karen! Love the red on red ... so cheerful and festive. Always good to pull out those older stamps! xx

JenniferE said...

Such a beautiful card again this year! I love when you use this poinsettia...the cards always some out so wonderfully!

Christine Alexander said...

So pretty Karen, love the red on red with a touch of stenciling :)

kiwimeskreations said...

A wonderful card Karen, and I love the depth in your background

Bobby said...

The poinsettia was so gorgeous I didn't even notice the background textures until you pointed them out, Karen. I should have known since it's your signature. ;)

Bonnie said...

This is a another beautiful poinsettia, Karen! Love all the subtle patterns of the background and the white splatters that look like snow!

Pat said...

How bright and beautiful Karen and such a beautiful large poinsettia too. A gorgeous card. x

Maria Rodriguez. said...

The colors on this Poinsettia look like the real flowers, beautifully colored and fussy cut.
Love the white splatters on your sponged background.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

STUNNING, oh! I've missed your cards.
Sorry I've been awol.

Mac Mable said...

Love the subtle and unique background. Such an eye catching card, so vibrant and absolutely beautiful. So contemporary and unique and love the vibrancy of the reds x.

Viv said...

Such a beauty Karen! you are certainly rocking the red colour too, just adore that flower and the little splashes of white too ;) hugs Viv xx

Ericka Strange said...

Great card Karen! I love this bold poinsettia an the sentiment is awesome! Beautiful job!

Aileen said...

Beautiful, love how the petals are bigger than the card front, looks perfect as always my friend.