Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Twinkling Easter Lily

Hello, friends!  Darn, it's raining here again as I write this.  Perfect weather for staying home stamping, except that I had a whole bunch of running around to do, dashing in and out of stores as quickly as possible.  I need sunshine!  I need color, too, as in blooming flowers and green trees, so -- beware -- I threw a whole lot of color onto the card I'm sharing today.

With Easter approaching I wanted to color these Joyful Lilies from Power Poppy.  It's a digital stamp, not a new one, but certainly pretty.  Do flower stamps ever lose their pretty?  I used Twinkling H2Os to watercolor this.  They're tricky to photograph.  The flower petals in particular look grainy, or as though there's something wonky with my computer screen, but in real life your eyes make adjustments.  So, here's my wildly colorful results:




It's much easier to color little details, such as the Forget Me Nots and their skinny stems, as the very last step so they don't get washed away with the background.  I did them with a water-based marker.  Petals with the brush tip, stems with the fine tip. 




The sentiment looks out of place to me.  Too stark on all that color.  Maybe I'll change it to white embossed on... something... purple?  I'd have been okay with no sentiment on the front at all and, instead, save it for the inside.  Sigh... hindsight.  Have a happy day!



24 comments:

Glenda Brooks said...

Your card is just lovely! Those lilies are amazing and I think your coloring is perfect. The wonderful splashes of yellow just make me happy and the Forget Me Nots are lovely.
Your water coloring always speaks to me and I'm impressed that you use the Twinkling H2Os. I was never able to adjust to this medium. Well done you! Hope you have a lovely rest of the week.

Sherri said...

Wow, Leslie! Your water coloring always amazes me! It's gorgeous! What I would give to be able to master that art the way you do! Awesome card!!

Cindy Beach said...

Leslie, I love everything about this card! I think the sentiment being soft and a bit off center is a lovely complement to the flourishes of color. OH, and such color is amazing and beautifully done! I love the swashes of blues combined with the details of the smaller flowers. I am so cheered by this beauty today, it brings sunshine to my gray skies here on the other side of the country.

Yogi said...

the card is GORGEOUS. The coloring and background fabulous. Love it. Have a great day and hope the sun comes out for you.

Kathy Krug said...

Gorgeous, Leslie. I love lilies and these are colored beautiful. The background of tiny forget me nots and the color wash makes this a work of art.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh Leslie, I can almost smell these flowers!!! how lovely, how gorgeous they look with that amazing watercolor wash background, it just makes them pop off the screen.
And I'm with you, I need color, color please!! I'm tired of gray skies and barren flower beds, the only things that are trying to pop up from the frozen ground are my brave Daffodils and Tulips, but I feel like they are still not so sure if they should come completely out, sigh!!
Thank you for sharing this gorgeous card, my friend.
XO
Maria.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, my word Leslie! This is so gorgeous! You do wonderful things with digis and these colors are so very Spring looking. I love this look!

Darlene said...

WOW! This is O-M-G gorgeous! Your coloring is so expertly done and I too need some sunshine so this card was a God sent to me today! WELL DONE my friend! Beautiful work!

Pauline said...

WOW Leslie, I'm always in awe of your cards. Here is another beautiful card, your water colouring with H2O's is stunning. Love the 'grainy' look of the petals, and your background is - well amazing! Really like all the splatters as well. I would send you sunshine if I could, last couple of days have been sunny but very cool like 35F. Tomorrow 50F and sunny then 3 days of rain and in the mid 40's. Figures I'm off thurs, fri and it is going to rain. I was hoping to maybe do a bit of yard work, but hey maybe I can make cards instead! So happy to see your post today Leslie!

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous image Leslie your watercolouring is amazing and I love the splatters
Carol x

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

I love this card with those beautiful lilies! I have to dust off my H20's - colors are so pretty. Hard to believe that we are making Easter cards. I'm glad it is later this year! We are suppose to get warmer weather this weekend - I'm ready for it! I still have some snow piles!!

Conniecrafter said...

You do such a stunning job with those H2O's, what am I saying you do a stunning job with any coloring medium!! Your background compliments it so perfectly. Gorgeous!
Hope you get a break from that rain, we are having nice weather here right now but starting Thursday we are supposed to have 3 days straight of rain :(

Christine Alexander said...

Leslie, I'm so in awe of your water colouring that image just jumped off my screen :)

nancy littrell said...

TFS your Beautiful colored Easter card, Leslie. I used our rainy day to catch up on house work instead of spending all my free time outside in the sun working in flower beds. Amazing how much energy sun gives us this time of year. I did do a bit of stamping too. Definitely not a wasted day. You card will certainly brighten someones day too. TFS my friend. Hugs.Nancy

Ros Crawford said...

I'm running out of things to say when I come here... Each and every creation just blows me away ... Terrific card and so beautifully done!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh, Leslie - I am speechless - quite an accomplishment... your RIOT OF CONFETTI COLORS is breathtaking (to say the least). And you watercolored with H2O's! WOW! Mine are dormant - must get them out soon, but I am no where near the artist you are. Thanks for the tip about doing the backgrounds first, and then doing the smaller areas. Makes sense! The highlights in your leaves and even the tiny petals of the Forget Me Nots is behind my comprehension! TRULY HEART-SOARINGLY GORGEOUS! Hoping the sun is soon shining. We could use your rain. We are in fire season, and the daily scent of smoke is now frequent. hugs, de

KimCreate said...

I love this card! I think the colors are so uplifting and make me happy! You do a great job of painting. I'd like to do more of that! The previous cards are pretty too! Love the gingham one. :)

ChristineCreations said...

Ah Leslie....this one is so perfect for Easter...such a beautiful contrast for the background, it really brings everything to life. I bet the sparkle is amazing!

Tanza Erlambang said...

beautiful card...
have a great day

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning use of the H2o's, they are always lovely to use and I have not used mine for a while...beautiful flowers and no, they never lose their beauty in any way...loving this.xx

Stacy Morgan said...

I am happy it was raining as we get to see this beauty! Colors are fabulous... the watercoloring alone you rocked and the softness of the petals with the purple behind... Oh my this is beautiful!

laurie said...

One of my very fave cards you have ever made. Seriously beautiful.

I LOVE Easter lilly's and BTW...where are they? It's only 3 weeks to Easter and I have not seen one in any store yet.

I'll have to look at your card and pretend to smell them..lol!

Susie said...

This shouts Hallelujah to me. The forget-me-nots are the sweetest little flowers. What a beautiful Easter Blessings card - I absolutely love it when you design floral cards - the combination of colors are truly heavenly!

CherylQuilts said...

What a GORGEOUS card! Leslie, your watercoloring is amazing, and it does shout Hallelujah indeed! What a stunning Easter card! Hugs and love! xoxo

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