Friday 15 May 2020

Stargazer Lilies

Morning Uniko fans, it's time for another fun challenge.
This time I'm going bright and happy!

I know a lot of us are spending more time in our gardens than ever before, so I was thinking about what I still had to plant out and what I would like to buy now the garden centers are open and thought about some stargazer lilies. Lilies aren't good if you have cats but we don't, so perhaps these bright and happy blooms will find their way into my basket one day soon.

Using a panel of watercolour paper, I stamped and embossed in white these Pure Florals -Lily images, creating my own masks from Post-its, before colouring with my Zig watercolor pens, great for detail and larger areas!

I chose a purple and deep pink against a pale blue background, washing in some pale colour to the petals first, adding some darker areas whilst still wet, before going back to add the details once the background was dry. I finished by adding my blue background wash of dilute Salty Ocean DI.
My sentiment strip is from the Pure Florals - Cosmos set.
The completed panel was trimmed down to size before adding to an A6 top folding note card.

While I had my lily stamp set on the table, I saw that over at Twofer the theme was Flowers, so I thought I would make another card using the same lily stamp. This time I used just the one bold bloom and coloured it using Copics. Now I have to say that due to the current situation, my stash of Copic friendly card is rather low, so I used some other white card for this to see how it would work. The end result isn't all that bad but not as good as the right card would have been. The surface of this card is more absorbent so the blending is rather patchy. Hopefully I shall be able to trot off to get some more of the good stuff from my normal local supplier very soon.

I went with a bright orange lily for this card and a sentiment from the Pure Florals Rose set.

Here are both cards together.

The Copic coloured one is more graphic compared to the arty looking watercoloured one but I do love this large lily stamp.
That's all from me for the mo, but for more bright and happy Uniko inspiration, please check out our fab GD Viv and the rest of the team here, along with all Ts and Cs.

We'd love to see your efforts, who doesn't want a bit of cheeriness in these dark days. You don't need to use Uniko stamps either but it would be great if you did.

All challenge details can be found on the Uniko blog.

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  1. They are glorious cards Julie. Lilies have never done well in our windy garden!! I have always used Joanna Sheen Elegance Satin card stock for colouring and am devastated to discover she doesn't stock it any more :0( so I am doing a bit of market research at the moment!! Hope you are well xx

  2. AMAZING colouring of both cards Jules! I LOVE the bright and bold colours from the zigs. You have really brought these beautiful (and my favourite!) lilies to life. And great work with your copic colouring. I don't see any patches ... just a beautiful lily and a stunning design. xx

  3. Beautiful blooms and colouring, thanks so much for sharing and joining in with our 'Say it with Flowers' theme at Stamping Sensations May challenge.

    B x

  4. I swear I can smell your Stargazer Lilies, Jules! It's a stunning image and I love how you have showcased it both as a brilliant and colorful DSP on your birthday design and as a single orange lily taking the stage on your hello design! Your coloring of both is outstanding!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #27! Take care and keep on staying safe. Hugs, Darnell

  5. Both of these cards are so very gorgeous. Great idea to increase the white space for your CAS version for CASology. Thanks so much for playing along with us.

  6. Your coloring of both is outstanding!!
    I love the bright and bold colours from the zigs. You have really brought these beautiful lilies to life !!!
    CU hellerlittle

  7. Both of your cards are gorgeous, and it's amazing how different they look not only in color, but also in style! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  8. Both of your cards are just beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to enter our challenge at Creative Inspirations and good luck, Jayne DT

  9. Beautiful colouring on both your lily cards, Julie ... the first full background is bold and vibrant ... and that second single orange one pops beautifully against all that glorious white! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  10. Absolutely stunning cards! I love the way you watercolored the lilies, looks quite realistic.

    Thank you for sharing your work in our Happy Little Stampers watercolor challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next HLS Challenge!.
    Anna – Design Team member at Happy Little Stampers

    Visit my blog - Crafty Anna Studio.
    You can also find me on Instagram - CraftyAnna Studio
    Thank you!

  11. Wow, Julie, these are both gorgeous! I love how the different colouring mediums give them each such a different look. Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  12. your lilies are beautiful, wonderful job of coloring them, great cards
    thank you for joining our challenge at HLS.
    Barb Housner


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