Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pot of Blooms

 It's been a long time since I made this watercolor flowers - I forgot how much fun they are to make and how much I like to use them in my designs.  They are made with a retired Stampin Up butterfly punch and watercolored with ink (see tutorial below if you're interested in making them yourself).

I chose Paper Sweeties Tea Pot die as my "vase" and MFT leaves die and Papertrey Ink Filigree Border die.

Thanks to these wonderful challenges for the inspiration!

I'd say my "style" for this card is more "Shabby Chic"

I chose the center, vertical row:  Flowers, Punch, Dimension

CONGRATULATIONS, Lesley and Team!!!



1.  Punch out two butterflies from White Cardstock with butterfly punch and place on folded paper towel.

2.  Spritz water a few times onto butterfly.

3.  Dip AquaPainter into ink.  Gently touch on edges of butterfly allowing it to go into the water.  Ink will begin to spread and swirl.  You may need to spritz again to get it to spread.  You can outline the edges a little darker, if neccessary.

4.  Add another color ink to center.

5.  Allow to dry or speed up the process with a heat gun.

6.  (Optional) Using a fine-tipped marker, draw lines in center starting from the middle of the butterfly and shooting out toward the edge.

7. Roll top and bottom part of butterfly around a thin paint brush or pencil.  Then, flatten out a bit.

8. Layer butterflies - criss-cross - and put hole in the centers.

9.  Fasten with brad (I use mini gold brads, but any coordinating fastener will do).


  1. Such a pretty card! Thank you for sharing it with us in The Shabby Tea Room! Fabulous tutorial too, the flowers are so pretty!

  2. Love the flower arrangement in your pretty teapot and your combination of papers. Thanks for joining us at the Mod Squad Tic Tack Toe challenge.

  3. Ohhh look the the rich sherbet colors in the teapot! Yay, thsi si GREAT Kathy! Thanks for joining us at The Challenge on our Anniversary Linky Party Celebration! Sure hope that you join us again for a BRAND NEW exciting challenge tomorrow! -YAY!!!

    And thanks for wishing us the best in our avviversary! People like you is why we love to create and inspire!

  4. This is one gorgeous card, Kathy! Thank you so much for joining us at The Challenge!

  5. Hi popping by from the Card Concept linky, your card is gorgeous, I love the big blooms! x

  6. LOVELY flowers from butterfly punch! Thanks for playing with us at TCC:)

  7. This is so very pretty! LOVE those flowers. Thank you for joining us at The Card Concept!

  8. Gorgeous creation! And fabulous tutorial - it's so nice that you took the time to share the 'how to' with your readers! Love, love, love the richness of your water colored flowers and the cute flower centers. Nice mix of polka dots and stripes and the dainty little doily border. Thank you so much for choosing to share your card with us at the Card Concept Challenge :)

  9. Beautiful card! Love the flowers!!!

  10. Love those blooms and amazed that they were butterflies in their previous lives! Glad you joined the fun at The Card Concept.