Monday, May 30, 2016

Vintage Watercolor Birthday Flowers

This is for my sister's birthday.  She deserves all good things as she is facing some challenges in her family life right now. 

I was inspired by this card and vintage watercolor tutorial by Heather Telford   Her cards are always gorgeous -- I used a lot more color that Heather did  . . . and some of the detail of the flowers got lost in the watercoloring.  

The flower stamp is from Penny Black .

I used the same vintage photo distress ink and calligraphy pen (for the leaves and stem).  But instead of adding color with pencils I used distress inks (abandoned coral, and a green - forgot which).  I used a gold metallic watercolor for the ribbon and the swirls and dots.  

I love the colors in the latest Color Q Challenge and the sketch from Stamplorations       

I'm putting this into  a few other challenges:

  • And of course to the Penny Black Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so very much for taking a look.  I hope you are enjoying your day. 


  1. I think you did Heather proud, Carol! Your watercolored card is beautiful and has a lovely vintage feel! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thanks so much, Darnell. I hope you are doing well. I read your blog all the time!

  2. Wonderful card, I love the flowers.

  3. oh wow - I can see the influence in your card, but it is definitely all your own and beautiful it is too. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  4. Very pretty - I love how you have got the back ground to blur a bit with the watercolours. Chantell JAI

  5. Absolutely loving this, you did an amazing job following Heather's tutorial. I need to give it a try too!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us this month at Penny Black and More!

  6. Super elegant and great watercolouring here. Love your take on petals for ATCAS and thanks for playing along in our birthday party challenge at AAA Cards too. Sarah

  7. Such a beautiful card. Love the watercolouring and the colours are wonderful. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

  8. Such a lovely soft card Carol and your flowers are really lovely and work beautifully for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. Thanks so much for joining us.

  9. Carol, this is really beautiful. Your vintage watercolouring is gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  10. Very elegant design. Love the soft watercoloring style. Thanks for sharing at STAMPlorations.

  11. Oh wow! Your watercolouring is stunning! I may need to try this technique! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink.

  12. Lovely card, your watercolouring is great.

  13. Carol, I saw this on SCS and commented on it, but I just had to leave one here. What a gorgeous card with this new technique! Beautifully done! Hugs!

  14. Happy Birthday to your sister, God bless…
    And I must say Carol; you have actually shown your true efforts and creativity by making it look more gorgeous and vintage.