Saturday, May 19, 2018

Magnolia Rhapsody

Today was a perfect garden day.  It was cool - around 65 degrees, and breezy.  I like it cooler when I do the heavy garden work, so I don't get too hot.  I put in some new perennials, and added more annuals to my flower beds.  I also planted some cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, and some herbs.  I do love my time in the garden!

For my card, I decided to keep it in the garden....
I used Penny Black stamps Magnolia Rhapsody 40-535, and  Special Thoughts 30-338.  I also used a Penny Black script stamp and swirl stamp for my background.

I used Arteza real brush pens to color my magnolia.  Using my Misti, I added color to one blossom at at time, stamping it, then moved to the next.  When dry, I went back with darker shades, adding them individually to each flower.  Then I repeated this technique with the leaves and the branches.  I added the lightest color, then went back in with the shading colors.  
Next, I masked the edges of the card to create a panel around the image.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks, and sponged them on.  Then I added the script and swirl stamps to the background.  I love peeling off the mask to reveal the finished panel.  It always feels like a little bit of magic!

For the 'Friend,' I inked only the one word from the verse in the special thoughts set.  I stamped it onto the same watercolor paper, using my Misti so that I could stamp it numerous times to get a clear image on the textured base.  I fussy-cut it, then added it to my card with foam tape.  

Some twine and Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets finish my card tonight. 

I hope you will join us in the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes (optional - your favorite Penny Black stamp).  You have until June 1st to enter your card.  Who knows, you just may win a $20 gift certificate to our generous sponsor, 

Be sure to check out my fellow design team members' cards.  I look forward to seeing you on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

The Color Throwdown - Blue and green
Penny Black At Allsorts - Anything goes 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate you spending time on my blog, and your lovely comments.



  1. Hi Lynda
    Fabulous card... love the stamp
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  2. Love the 'antiquey' feel of this card...lovely colors! ♥ Sue Kment

  3. Beautiful stamping and card.
    Hugs Babs x

  4. Your card is beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you colored the stamp. I will have to give that a try.

  5. So loving this card, beautiful colors and I really need to get this stamp too!
    Thank you so much for sharing this month with us at Penny Black and More challenge!

  6. A really beautifully stamped floral card in glorious colours Lynda. Many thanks for joining in with our May challenge at Penny Black and More.

    B x

  7. Stunning card Lynda, such beautiful colours!
    Love Jacky x

  8. So elegant and pretty! Thanks so much for playing along in the Color Throwdown challenge this week!

  9. Such beautiful colours - it's wonderful.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at PB & More.
    Lynn x

  10. Gorgeous! So you masked just the flower, correct, not the branches.

  11. Hi, I read your post again, how did you stop the script stamp from going on the flower itself? Thank you

  12. Hi Deborah Anne - As far as masking, the only thing I masked is the rectangle around the image. I did not mask the flowers, leaves, or stem. I just sponged my background color around it, as it didn't matter if some of it got on the image because the color was close. For the script, I just used a mini ink pad to ink the script stamp, but only inked it in small areas, not the full stamp, then stamped it carefully where I wanted it. I didn't mind if some of it got on the flowers (and it did a little if you look closely). Hope this answers your question. Here's a link to a video by Jill Foster that shows how to do this -


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