Apr 12, 2019

Watercolor Garden // Flashback Friday

Happy Friday! I'm bringing you another card today with some "Oldie but Goodie" stamps, that haven't seen ink in maybe a decade?


I thought this stamp set would  be perfect for an Easter card with the beautiful 2-step stamping tulips. I incorporated some stencilling and background stamping and used Distress inks / Oxides for stamping. Some of you might recognize the main stamps from the Stampin Up set "Watercolor Garden 2". The butterfly stamp is from the Stampin Up set "Watercolor Garden 1". These are wood mounted stamps so it wasn't so easy lining up the 2nd step and I simply eyeballed and guessed, therefore the leaves are not lined up perfectly, but I think that just adds to the "handmade look" which sometimes gets lost nowadays with all the tools available now.  

I used Distress Ink Mowed Lawn for the stem and leaves (stamped off once for the lighter shade), and I used Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink, for the tulips, (also stamped off once for the lighter shade). I have no idea why the violet color is showing up more in a lilac tone on the photo... For the blue blossoms, butterflies and around the egde I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink. 




The tiny Happy Easter sentiment is from the Penny Black set "Chick to Chick" stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.  The stamped words that you can see in the background were done with a retired stamp set by Whimsy Stamps - I think it's called Basic Borders and Backgrounds - but it's no longer available, using Spun Sugar Distress ink.  If you look really closely, you migh even notice that I used a "canvas" background stamp. That's another old retired stamp from Stampin Up. The stripes were done with a  Classic Stripes Stencil

Watercolor Garden 1, Watercolor Garden 2 and Canvas by Stampin Up
(retired but I'm sure available on Ebay or Etsy)
Basic Backgrounds and Borders Whimsy Stamps


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I am also sharing my card with these challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge - 3 items as focal point (3 stamped tulips) // Simon Says Wednesday - No Designer Paper // Cute Card Thursday - Easter // Moving along with the Times - Spring Feeling // Through the Purple Haze - Spring Forward // Brown Sugar - Spring or Fall // Pattie's Creations - Flowers  // Crafting By Designs - Easter // Unicorn Challenge - Spots or Stripes // Crafty Sentiment Designs - Feminine // Always Fun Challenges - Flowers // Use Your Stuff - Flora and Fauna // Country View Crafts' Challenge - Easter or Spring // Daisy Chain Challenges - Feminine // Fabrika Fantasy - Flowers // Lost Coast Designs  - Blooming Lovely // Try it on Tuesday - Use a Stencil or two

Anything Goes:


Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I could inpire some of you to look through your old - maybe forgotten stamps and create something pretty! I will be back again tomorrow with another card using another stamp set from Stampin Up, but not quite as old as today's stamps. Hope to see you then!


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35 comments:

  1. This is lovely. I like the 'shadow' effect. You're right, too - it isn't as easy with wood mounted stamps unless you use a stamp positioner and I think we've all been spoiled with our stamping platforms. I love pulling out old stamps but I have to admit I've been unmounting more and more of late. That background stencilling is lovely and would be perfect for our Try it on Tuesday Stencilling Challenge ;-)
    Cath x

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    1. Completely forgot about using my stamp positioner! That would have been helpful and I even remember where I store mine! Thanks for stopping by Cath. Will try linking to Try it on Tuesday!

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  2. Oh what a beauty Ellie - love the layering and how well you have managed with the wood backed stamps - the slightly offset look in the leaves soften them somewhat and give it a gorgeous look. Your background is exquisite
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. It's so gorgeous!! I love the colors of the beautiful flowers!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  4. This is gorgeous! LOVING the flowers and the butterflies!

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  5. Gorgeous card!
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn❤

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  6. Adorable and so happy, a perfect Spring card!

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  7. I won't say how much I love your card again... but I'm so glad you shared it with us at Try it on Tuesday. Your reply made me giggle - mine, too but I'm even more reticent to get that out than I am to get out my stamping platform - crazy! It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't make as many mistakes as I do, lol.
    Cath x

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    1. Happy I was able to join in :-)
      Might be a good idea to unmount for easier use with the stamp platform, but not sure I could bring myself to do that. I am thankful you brought up the stamp-a-majig though, I would have completely forgot that tool even existed!

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  8. Your card is so beautiful!!!! Love the vibrant colors!!!!Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Always Fun Challenges blog.

    Waleska Owner

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  9. Love the floral images just the way they are . looks like very modern art . Thanks for sharing this beautiful card with us here at http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/
    Good luck with your entry
    Shirley-Anne DT

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  10. Ellibelle, love the floral image and the vibrant colours you have used. Thanks for joining in on the Anything goes Challenge at the Happy Craft Challenge Community

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    1. Thanks so much, Maud! Happy I could join in this time!

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  11. Oh wow! This is so pretty! I love watercolor images.

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  12. Very pretty card. Thanks for joining us this month for our "Spring/Autumn" at The Brown Sugar Challenge.

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  13. Very happy to catch up with your lovely card at Unicorn challenges, beautiful stamping. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "Spots and/or Stripes" challenge.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Cass. Happy I could join in your challenges!

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  14. Gorgeous card Ellie and thanks for entering the MAWTT challenge, xxxx

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  15. So glad you got these stamps out! Look fab! Perfect for our Challenge! So glad that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Always Fun Challenges. Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @AFC

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jackie. I'm sure I'll share again soon!

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  16. Beautiful stamp and watercolouring -I love that the leaves are not lined up properly shows it's handmade and not mass produced.Thank you for joining us at Unicorn
    Carol DT x

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! Glad I could join in at Unicorn challenge!

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  17. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at Try it on Tuesdays,
    Yvonne

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  18. A lovely card Ellie, the flowers look beautiful against the subtle background.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Avril x

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