Hi Creative Friends,
Every winter season I look for beautiful poinsettia stamps or dies. They are the quintessential flower for the season and Penny Black has another real beauty! Scarlet is their newest. I know I will be using this stamp again and again.
This card design is a clean and simple one. I started with a Kraft cardstock A2 panel, mounted it in my stamp positioner, arranged the stamp, and stamped the panel using Versamark ink. I stamped the panel twice with sections of the flower, then white heat embossed it.
As a side note: I used Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock for this project but I have included in the supply list another very nice kraft paper if you prefer a slightly darker kraft color.
Back to making the card… with the flowers stamped and embossed, I used my Derwent Inktense (watercolor) pencils. I begin coloring with a white pencil, adding a thin, medium-weight layer over all the petals of the flower. Once the petals were all white, I colored over the white first with a medium reddish pink color, then added a darker red toward the top of each petal.
When I was happy with the flower coloring, since these pencils are watercolor pencils, I used a damp brush and smoothed out the color on each petal. I repeated the process when coloring the leaves, only using a few green pencils.
For the berries, I first colored them with a yellow and/or orange pencil then went back over them with a pink and darker red pencil.
The pine needles with lightly colored with a very dark green pencil.
Once everything was colored and smoothed with my damp brush, I mounted the panel onto a Kraft card base, then mounted the card in my stamp positioner.
I stamped a sentiment, from the Penny Black Jolly Snippets stamp set, onto the card using Versamark ink, then red heat embossed it.
For my finishing touch, I added white Nuvo crystal drops. ♥