Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Wendy Vecchi Flowers

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this week.  I thought I would share some colouring techniques with a few of Wendy Vecchi's fabulous flower stamps.  For this showcase, I have only used flowers from two of her sets - Mix and Match Art and Birthday Art.  These sets in particular are chock full of designs - such a deal!!!

I started by making this card to showcase one of the flowers.  As a member of the frilly side of the design team I am usually creating with lots of frilly embellishments, such as lace, buttons, ribbon, etc. but when I use one of the flowers that Wendy has designed, I find that I can create a more clean and simple card that still screams frilly - and costs less to mail than my overly embellished cards since the postal rates in Canada are horrible.

I started by stamping the rose image from the Mix and Match Art set (Wendy Vecchi) with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and then coloured it with Candied Apple and Peeled Paint Distress Crayons (Tim Holtz).  To add to the card, I fussy cut the image leaving a bit of a white border.  Tip: To colour with distress crayons in a tight area like this flower and get the most vibrant colour dip a fine paint brush in a bit of water and then drag the paint brush across the wax of the crayon.  Once you have some colour on your brush, you can "paint" the flower making sure to go over areas where you want the shading.  You can also scribble crayon on a palette or kraft mat and mix with some water and then paint but you may get a softer colour.

Next I created the background by stamping some Pink Peony Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) onto a kraft mat, spritzing it with water and dragging some Specialty Stamping Paper (Ranger) through the puddle.  Once it was dry I used the same archival ink through the Dots and Stripes Borders stencil (Wendy Vecchi) to create some interest in opposite corners.

The next step was to make the oval mat, which was done by die cutting a scalloped oval from card stock and then lightly inking it all over with Garden Patina Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and then going back in to add some heavier inking in the centre.

I used some Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and a reverse honeycomb stencil to add some pattern.  Finally I inked the edges of the mat with some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

The sentiment was simply created by using a stamp from the All Occasion Art set (Wendy Vecchi) with Watering Can Archival Ink on a scrap of card stock, cutting notches in each end and then inking the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

The little moth (masquerading as a butterfly) was stamped from the Entomology set (Tim Holtz using Jet Black Archival Ink, fussy cut and then coloured with some Metallic Gel Pens (Sakura).

To assemble the card, I mounted the background on the card blank, followed by the mat and sentiment strip, which were popped up with dimensional foam.  The flower and butterfly were added to the mat along with some cupped sequins.  I love this mailable but rather stunning and really quite frilly card.

Now, here are a few more of Wendy's fabulous flowers that I have coloured with a variety of mediums.

This flower is from the Birthday Art set (Wendy Vecchi) and was coloured with Dandelion, Orange Blossom and Peat Moss Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) using the stencil that is included in the set and some Cut n' Dry Foam (Ranger) - easy peasy.

This flower is from Mix and Match Art and to colour it, I used some Prismacolors that I blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits.

This flower is also from the Birthday Art set and was coloured with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks (Tim Holtz) using a water brush (Tim Holtz).

To colour this flower from the Mix and Match Art set, I dug out a few Copic Markers.  I have only a few and they were gifted to me by a crafty friend from Texas because she had some duplicates and she knew I didn't have any - what a lovely lady.

Finally, I coloured this little flower from the Birthday Art set with some watercolour pencils that I borrowed but I will link a similar set from Prima that can be purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I hope you are inspired to pick up some of Wendy's fabulous flowers and colour them with whatever medium you prefer - you will always be thrilled with the result.


  1. So many great ideas for colouring these beautiful blooms Cec xx

  2. I find I am envious of your coloring here , Cec! I have tried a dozen different coloring mediums and finally accepted the fact that i am not a colorist! Thanks for showing us how this lovely card came together!