Happy Friday, crafty friends! Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer has created a truly lovely floral card using one of our very favorite stamp sets. Enjoy it as you head off into the weekend and we hope you are inspired to create something beautiful.

And now, here’s Amy to tell us all about her project…

Floral stamp images are always in style, always in season, don’t
you think? For today’s card, I’ve experimented with some looser, messier
watercoloring on a flower cluster that I stamped with images from
Sketched Blooms. I love the doodled look of these flowers!

My little flower garden is made up of five different stamped
images. First, I stamped the single flower at the far right and the pair
of flowers second from the left (their stems intersect). Then I masked
the blooms before stamping the remaining images. The masking allowed me
to create the layered look without actually layering.

Once my
stamped images dried, I watercolored the leaves using Peeled Paint
Distress Ink and the blooms using a mixture of yellow, gold, orange, and
red Distress Inks. To get the loose, carefree look, I purposefully
colored outside the lines as well as left uncolored areas. I added water
sparingly, both on the paper and on the brush, so that the darker inks
would stay more concentrated and intense in color.

I trimmed down
the watercolor panel to just a little taller than the flowers. Along
the bottom, I added two rows of the Wispy Grass Border that I die-cut
from Peapod card stock, as well as a narrow strip of black and white
stripe paper and a double-wrapped length of white linen thread tied off
in a bow. I pulled the individual blades of grass forward for some added
texture.

I used the Hexagon Stacklets to die-cut a teal hexagon,
which I stamped with a sentiment from Free Spirit and mounted onto the
card using foam tape.

Along the top edge of the watercolor panel,
I added a line of machine stitching. Last, I mounted the watercolor
panel to a full card-base size panel of a woodgrain pattern and adhered
that to a top-fold Sugar Cube card base.

Thank you, Amy, for sharing this watercolored beauty with us today. You can find more of Amy’s beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!