Watercolor Bloom Card

If you love the sometimes unpredictable nature of watercolor, then I have a fun new stamp set to share with you!  The “Bloom” set from Crafter’s Companion debuted on HSN this month in a special watercolor bundle (still available here) and contains pretty hand-lettered sentiments and sketchy stems.  These images were developed with the idea that you would stamp the stems onto watercolor paper and slap some freehand color on top while waiting for it to “bloom”…but it turns out that they’re much more versatile than that.

I colored directly onto the stamps with Moss, Bud Green, and Marine (blue adds a little depth to greenery) Spectrum Aqua markers, stamped them onto Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock, and used a damp brush to lightly smooth out and fill in the leaves.  Then, instead of adding dilute watercolor, I sketched out some rough petals at the top of the stems in AquaBlend pencils (colors listed below) and blended them slightly with a damp brush.

There are some beautiful examples from the design team showing the bloom effect with these stamps on Pinterest, but I love that you can approach them from a sketchy angle as well!  To finish off my card I added splatters to the background by watering down ink from the Aqua markers, stamped one of the sentiments from the set on the bottom, and added a twist of twine before adding it to a black cardbase.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I’d love to hear your comments!


Aqua markers used: Moss, Bud Green, Marine, Black, Kingfisher, Orange, Red Violet
AquaBlend Pencils used: Azalea, Fig, Aubergine, Aqua, Lagoon, Jungle Green, Pineapple, Persimmon, Carrot