Hisbiscus Fun

“Apologies” notwithstanding, I have put together a little how too for this next card. Technically it is part of our die-cutting challenge, but the guide is specifically for the colouring.

20160922_122745.jpgThis has been created using primarily Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea range of stamps and dies

Colouring Mediums:

  • Spectrum Aqua Pens
  • Spectrum Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Spectrum Aquatints
  • Distress inks

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Range:

  • Hisbiscus Bouquet (stamp and die set)
  • Under the Sea Stamp Set
  • Under the Sea Die Set


  • Ferns at the bottom (pretending to be seaweed)
  • ‘Just for you’ Stamp and die set (this was the members gift from create and craft)

Tattered Lace:

  • Goldwork Lace Floral

Other Items:

  • Sheena Stamping card (background and dies)
  • Lace ribbon
  • Gems
  • Blue stickles
  • 3D foam tape and pads
  • Pinflair 3D glue

Colouring Tutorial:

Stamp your image

Make sure that if you intend to use watercolours that you are using a cardstock which can take the water. I recommend either Sheena Stamping Card, or if you prefer some texture, Crafter’s Companion watercolour card. If you have neither of these, but you do have some single sided Crafters Companion centura pearl card, then you can use the back of this too.

I have used Stazon to stamp my image, however you can use any ink that is not waterbased if you intend to use watercolours

Add aqua pens

Next, using the fine tip end of your spectrum Aquas, add colour to all of the darker areas of your stamp. Follow the lines, as in most cases the artist who drew the stamp will have added lines in areas that are likely to be darker. You will notice that I have added thicker colour to certain areas; these are the places where I want the colour to remain quite intense, however bear in mind that it is much easier to add more colour if you find it is too pale than to take it away if you added too much!

Draw out the colours

Once you are happy with your initial lay-down of colour you can start drawing it out.

You can use a brush and some water to do this, however I used my Spectrum Sparkle Pen

Sparkle pens (and wink of stella) are waterbased which means that they can be used in the same manner as a waterbrush, but with a much more controllable flow. If you are intending to use a sparkle pen, don’t worry about using a brush and water first because you will over-wet the card to no purpose. If you are using a sparkle pen you will notice that some colour will transfer to your brush nib; to clean it off just scribble it out on a scrap. When you start drawing out the colour, think about where you want the two to blend; if you want the green to be dominant then draw out this one first as it will then be the base colour for the blue. In my image, the largest flower is green to blue, and the 2nd largest is blue to green. To avoid having a tide mark make sure that you are drawing the colour in from the furthest edge rather than from the near edge.

If you find this has diluted the colour more than you wanted, lightly touch in some more using the brush nib of the Aqua pen

The water that you have already applied to the card will draw the colour on out so you will not be left with solid line.

Die Cut your image; theoretically you card should only be damp rather than wet, however if you have concerns do dry it off a bit before you run it through your die-cutting machine – bearing in mind that it is better for the card to still be a bit damp for the next step

Shape on the reverse

There are lots of ways to shape flowers, with this particular set the flowers are flat rather than layered (I.e. several petals individually cut and then stuck together) however as you can see from the reverse side of my die-cut there are several separation lines cut between the petals of the two larger flowers. In this case, the die has done it for me (hurrah for Heartfelt) however this is also a good technique to use for any flat flower that you have either fussy cut, or was cut as an outside edge only using a die. What this means is that when I emboss the reverse side the petals have a great deal of flexibility and as a result look much more realistic. It is my habit to then flip the flower back to right side-up and emboss those areas on the front which would be lower, for example the dividing line between the two open flowers. This just prevents the finished item from being a dome shape.

Ta Daa!

As you can see from the shadows on my mat, the finished item has a lot of height 🙂

Putting it Together:

The background is one that I did when I was doing the Sportastic card because I wanted to use up the Aquatints that I already had out. I have used x2 of the Hisbiscus Bouquet for the large corner arrangement, the bottom one is stuck down with pva, but I feel I should also mention that if you have gone to the trouble of shaping your flowers, don’t then stick them down flat 🙂 generally I will put whatever glue I am using only on the points that will actually be touching the card base. The second die which is partially layered over the top I have used stacked foam pads for as I wanted quite a lot of depth to then allow for the sea creatures being amongst the flowers. The card is then finished off with the other accessories. I hope you all like it


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