Watercolor orchids

by Aimes


It's Aimes here today and it's a bank holiday here in the UK so I'm enjoying this bonus day away from the office to share a card with you featuring the stunning Oriental Orchid stamp set paired with the Painted Greetings stamp set.

Aimes Orchid birthday

In order to achieve the watercolor effect, I coloured the stamps directly with Tombow USA brush markers, spritzed them with water and stamped them onto watercolor paper. I then blended the colours with a damp paintbrush to enhance the watercolour look. The background was created by scribbling a blue marker onto an acrylic block and picking up the colour with a wet paintbrush. Easy peasy!

Aimes Orchid birthday close up

When it came to adding a sentiment, it just had to be one from the Painted Greetings stamp set. The font of this set complements the watercolor style perfectly! I stamped it using Jet Black ink, I love how crisp this ink is; it's ideal for sentiments and detailed images.

I stretched the Tombow USA brush markers further and even painted the card front with a purple marker scribbled onto an acrylic block diluted with water to create a lilac/purple wash. :)

Don't forget that Altenew have joined forces with Tombow USA for a special collaboration blog hop! Be sure to hop along with us as there's still time to join in the fun and win a $30 Altenew or Tombow USA gift certificate!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy stamping!



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Suzanne Albanese May 30, 2016 - 9:54 AM

How did you do the green dots?

Aimes May 30, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Hi Suzanne, the green dots are the small bud stamp from the same Oriental Orchid stamp set. I just coloured them with a green marker – super easy! Hope that helps! :)

Jill H. May 30, 2016 - 10:48 AM

Stunning! Thanks for sharing how you made this!

Aimes May 30, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Thank you so much for your kind words, Jill! :D

Janet May 30, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Gorgeous – love the purple and green, and especially the little glitter strip :-)

Aimes May 30, 2016 - 2:43 PM

Thanks, Janet! It’s all about those little finishing touches, right? ;)
I can’t resist a bit of sparkle! :D

adie May 30, 2016 - 5:55 PM

This is just gorgeous .

Janet Ingraham May 30, 2016 - 6:51 PM

So bright and beautiful.

Hannah Means May 30, 2016 - 10:08 PM

What bright cheery cards you make! Glad you are aboard!

Celeste Goff May 31, 2016 - 6:23 AM

Such a pretty card! Love the softness the watercoloring gives to the flowers!

Katie B. May 31, 2016 - 6:45 AM

I love this! Such a fresh and virbrant card. Thanks for explaining how you did the flowers and the background too. :) Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Sue S May 31, 2016 - 8:44 AM

The orchids are beautiful. The explanation helps you to want to gran your supplies and perfect your technique.

susan a Lorio May 31, 2016 - 8:06 PM

welcome!! really beautiful work!

Taunya Butler June 1, 2016 - 4:31 PM

BEAUTIFUL – I love the sweet details on the gorgeous blooms!! You are amazing!!


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