Monday, August 30, 2010

Dimensional Watercolor Hydrangea Card

Today's stamping project is a dimensional card I created using only 3 stamps....a Hydrangea stamp from Rubber Stampede, flourish by Fancy Pants and the sentiment from Wordsworth Stamps which sadly is no longer in business.

Now I know this card is very time consuming due to all of the tiny flowers which make up a Hydrangea but you can take this basic design and switch up the flowers for another image that requires less coloring time. Despite the time involved, in the end you are going to create a stunning card!

Dimensional Water colored Hydrangea Card

Hydrangea Card


Adirondack Dye Inks - Denim, Stonewash, Cool Peri, Lettuce & Butterscotch

Stamps - Flower, Flourish & Sentiment (all mfg. listed above)


Stickles Glitter Glue (for flower centers)

Niji Waterbrush

Double Stick Foam Tape


1. Trim a piece of cardstock to approximately the desired size of your finished card. I like to add an extra 1/4" or so along each side so I can trim away a bit of the excess after the images have been colored to eliminate some of the "rough" edge coloring. Let's face it ~ it's very difficult to color along the edges and make them look great so this eliminates the frustrations of trying to make the edges look perfect!

2. I used Denim Adirondack Dye Ink for the main images. Stamp the hydrangea 3 times along the left hand side of the cardstock. Stamp the image so that part of each flower has been stamped off the edge. Stamp a smaller portion once along the bottom and an even smaller portion at the top edge. In addition to the main card panel, stamp 3 additional flowers on scrap paper. These will be used to add dimension later on.

3. Use your favorite method to color all of the flowers (both on the main card panel and those stamped on the scrap paper.) I prefer to use the Niji Waterbrush and dye inks for a watercolored look. You of course could use a regular paint brush and water, copic or other markers, colored pencils, pastels, acrylic paints, etc. Totally up to you.

4. After you have finished coloring the flowers, stamp the flourish image along the remaining 3 sides of your card panel. Stamp the sentiment.

5. Trim the edges of each side of your panel. Mount the main card panel on desired color of cardstock.

6. Cut out the extra flowers on the scrap paper. Mount two of the flowers with double stick foam in between the three flowers stamped on the main card panel. Take the last flower and cut it roughly in half. Mount both again using double stick foam tape ~ one half along the bottom and the other half along the top edge.

(Since it's a bit hard to see I added arrows pointing out each of the raised flowers.)

Hydrangea Card

7. Add a dot of Stickles Glitter Glue to the center of each of the tiny flowers. This just adds an extra little bit of pop to your card.

Now it's your turn...
Create your very own dimensional card
and add a bit of pop to your next stamped project!


  1. WOW!! That is really beautiful. You must have alot of patience. I think I would have to do that on the installment plan.

  2. Beautiful!! I love this stamp and especially the way you've done this!


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