Friday, January 26, 2018


Hi, hello!  Norine here, back again with some floral cards to share with you.  I made 5 with one image from the Charmed stamp set by Altenew.  

It wasn't my intention to make that many, (it never is) but I do like to stamp several in case one or two go straight south, then I still have some back ups.  But there were no oopsies this time, I kinda liked them all and couldn't eliminate any. The other reason for so many, was to try out a couple of different surfaces with the Prima IOS Water-Soluble Oil Pastels.  All the first cards are stamped on watercolor paper, and the last two are on vellum.

These oil pastels are thick, and rich and creamy and a little goes a long way.  Just a few strokes of color inside the flower shapes, once activated with water, was enough to cover the whole flower.

The card below was created using the red, orange-yellow and salmon pink pastel crayons.  The "thanks" sentiment is from the Deerest Friends set by Right At Home.

The flowers below were colored with the Dark Ochre, Ochre and Raw Sienna colors and I mixed in a little of the Raw Ochre into the Cobalt Green for the leaves.  I didn't worry about painting "outside the lines", and instead, even dragged some of the pigment from the flowers and leaves to the outside of the shape to give the background a wash of coordinating color.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the Happy Days set by Create A Smile.

The colors below were produced by combining the Cobalt Blue, Lavender and Violet crayons and the leaves have just a little Light Blue added to the green to achieve that vibrant teal shade.  The "Blessed to have you in my life" sentiment is from the Build-A-Flower-Gardenia set by Altenew.

Next, I wanted to try the oil pastels on vellum.  It wasn't a raging success though, because when you add water to vellum (to paint the pastels), the paper gets super wrinkly.  I tried a few things to flatten it but nothing worked perfectly.  In the end, I ran the cut out vellum through the Xyron Sticker Maker and the all-over coverage of adhesive helps to stick it flat.  The sentiment on this card is from the Friendly Fox stamp set by Right at Home

But I wasn't ready to give up on my other vellum stamped and heat embossed images.  So, for this last card, I colored the backside of the paper with Copic markers.

It worked pretty well, although if you don't want to see the pen strokes, you might not want to try this yourself.  I like the artsy quality of the visible marker strokes.  

Thanks for sticking with me to the very end!  Have a wonderful day!



  1. These are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the details and the the stamps you've used. I love your work! Hugs!