Distress Watercolor Best Blossoms

Yesterday I allowed myself the creative freedom to sit down with a classic old stamp set and play, just for fun. The challenge was to work on my stash of birthday cards using only supplies I already had out on my desk, along with the help of my favorite colors of Distress and this sweet old floral set from Stampin’Up.

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Now considering what a terrible mess my desk is, this challenge sounds much harder than it actually was. Even so, it did help me to use up a few paper scraps, and combine papers I might not of otherwise ever put together… let alone use this old Best Blossoms stamp set, circa 2006. And for that, I do have to say I feel pretty good!

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I really do adore these flowers, old though they may be! And this Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, and Brushed Corduroy Distress combo is one of my absolute favorites. First step was inking the background watercolor paper in a light wash of pink and brown ink. And once dry, the leaves were stamped on top using both first and second generation stamping with the darker brown Brushed Corduroy ink. After all the leaves were stamped, I went over them with a wet paintbrush to soften and blur the outlines.

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The flowers were stamped onto a separate piece of watercolor paper using Abandoned Coral Distress ink, and were once again softened with a wet paintbrush. I went back in with a heavier concentration of color in the middle of the flowers once they were dry, and added Antique Linen to the very centers. And finally, I added dots to the centers using my Vintage Photo Distress marker, before cutting them out and adding them to my card base with foam adhesive.

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The thin strip of pink striped patterned paper was a leftover scrap from Simple Stories’ Summer Vibes collection, and the black woodgrain background is from Authentique’s new Beloved line. The sentiment is Sizzix. May Arts twine and a few craft sequins from my stash.

It really does feel good to use older supplies every once in awhile! I need to challenge myself more often. Of course that means not everything is still available… but I’ll try to link you to as much as I can below. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



Authentique Devoted 6×6 Paper Pad

Ranger 8.5 x 11 KRAFT CARDSTOCK Inkssentials Surfaces ISM35244

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES 12 x 12 Collection Kit 6300

Sizzix Framelits HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Combo Wafer Thin Die And Stamp Set 660287

Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Markers VINTAGE PHOTO Ranger
May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

21 thoughts on “Distress Watercolor Best Blossoms

  1. Beautiful card, Audrey! The pink and brown tones are so pretty together. Using up the old stash is almost like finding something new when it hasn’t been used for awhile! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. That is one of my favorite stamp sets Audrey. Love that you used something as old as 2006 to make something so relevant for today. Flowers always stand the test of time I say. Love the colors and the inspiration.

  3. This is totally gorgeous, Audrey! Love the water colored effect, and the little touches of embellies. WTG for using up some of your stash and for using and older stamp set in a new way!

  4. It’s fantastic! You always choose the right layers and color combinations. It’s soft and detailed, yet clean and sophisticated – perfectly Audrey!

  5. GORGEOUS! What a fun challenge! I love this card. Always like pink/brown color combo but what you’ve done with this is amazing. The softened colors and splattery background really make this artistic card shine! I would not have thought of using the brown for the leaves, but it is perfect, especially with the Kraft background. Just lovely!

  6. I love watercolor, and you’ve made me want to try something like this. It’s such a simple, but absolutely beautiful card. I LOVE this, Audrey.
    Hope you and the kiddos are well. I haven’t had much time for commenting, but am always popping in when I get a chance. You’ve always been a special lady to the Penmaker and me.
    Big hugs!

  7. It’s very pretty! I’m glad you challenged yourself to use old supplies…they need some lovin’ too! πŸ™‚ Hope you are having a great weekend!

  8. Pretty pretty pretty! And delicate!! Love how you’ve 3d-ed the flower blossoms and the leaves lie flat on the cardstock….. it’s very feminine and soft. LOVELY!

  9. it;s good to use up some of our scraps and leftovers from our desk. We we are all excellent hoarders πŸ™‚ And a fab idea to wipe of the dust fo an old stamp set. Audrey this is stunning. The flowers have a subtle and soft look. I don’t know how yuo did it but they’re gorgeous. I would totally mess this up with distress ink πŸ™‚ GORGEOUS!

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