Monday, March 20, 2017

The Flower Challenge - Lilacs

Yay, today is the first day of Spring! I am so ready for some color outside. There has been little snow this winter, so what I see mostly is brown grass and bare trees. The current Flower Challenge #6 is so much fun this time as we can create anything, so I chose a large wooden stamp of my favorite flower, Lilacs.

So what is Spring all about in my world? Lilacs in bloom along the highways and bordering gardens. Not the freeways, you know, but the smaller roads connecting the Metro to the suburbs and beyond. No, lilacs are not in bloom here in MN yet, but they will be. So here's my card.

I've used this stamp before and will again as it is so lovely. By Northwood Rubber Stamps, Inc. it is called Lilac Glass Vase, part of the Spring 2013 supplement catalogue.The designer is Jean Arneson. Using Ranger water color paper, I stamped the image in VersaMark and Stampin' Up! Basic Gray ink then heat embossed it with Ranger Superfine Detail Clear embossing powder. For the flowers and leaves I used two Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, the purple and green. To soften the colors, I scribbled the pens with water on an acrylic block and painted with a small paint brush. I tried to make the vase area look more like water by combining the blue and black pens and lots of water to make gray. My 6 pen set doesn't have brown, so I mixed a lot of colors together with water to lightly color the submerged stems.

To finish my card, I simply matted the flower image on a piece of  black cardstock and centered it on a top folding basecard of SU's Basic Gray. No sentiment inside yet, but I think it would make a nice Mother's Day card or Spring birthday card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Spring to everyone!

RRCB 58Editing to add this card to the Challenge 58 at Retro Rubber/Anything Goes since my stamp is from 2013. who would have thought something from 4 years ago is Retro? lol  


  1. Your lilacs are very lovely, Jeanne! I love them and miss them so, so much, both their beauty and their heady aroma!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. They look good enough to lean in and try to smell them. Glorious colouring! It must have been very satisfying to do. Thanks so much for joining us at Retro Rubber on our Anything Goes Challenge.

  3. I love the scent of lilac flowers!!! I can even smell some from your card here! Beautifully colored, Jeanne! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Flower Challenge!

  4. Very pretty card with fabulous coloring! I too love the lilacs, I have many in my yard that DH watered and they bloomed gloriously last year. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber!

  5. Thats gorgeous! Amazing colouring technique!