AAABirthday Guest Designer! – Challenge 11 Flowers

This month I am delighted to have been asked to be the Guest Designer for Game #11 over at AAA Birthday. The theme for this month is Flowers and I just had to use the gorgeous Peonies from Gina K/Hero Arts – Friendship Blooms.


This stamp set is definitely my favourite release of last year. The floral images are so beautiful and it is large enough to fill an entire card; this is a 5x7inch size card.

I chose to heat emboss the image in Rich Gold embossing powder onto some watercolour paper.

I have just had some of the sparkle glitter alcohol markers from Spectrum Noir; despite being alcohol based they have a real brush nib and they are VERY juicy. I honestly think they behave more like aqua than alcohol. Because of this, I really wanted to explore how they would work on watercolour paper.

I chose 3 colours of the pens; a light, medium and dark shade. Using the medium shade as a highlight for the darker flowers and as the shadow for the lighter flowers.

They blended absolutely beautifully, and it was so easy because embossing the image creates little dams that help to keep colour where you want it.

I absolutely LOVE the shimmer you get from these pens. I don’t have any greens in the Spectrum Noir pens but I still wanted to carry that sparkle through into the leaves; I used some Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantic Burst, with a little darker green from an Arteza real brush pen.


I wanted to make it look like these flowers were painted straight onto black paper. I have seen a few tutorials recently using this little ‘hack’ to get that look; I used some black Gouache to fill in the paper all around the flowers. Once dry I cut the image out and mounted it onto some black cardstock.

I love the drama of it; that dark background really makes the flowers pop!


I’m so grateful to have been asked to be the Guest Designer for AAA Birthday Game and I can’t wait to see what floral beauties you all make for this month’s challenge; in fact I’d love for you to tag me into your wonderful makes.


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  • Langton cold press watercolor paper
  • Craft UK black card stock
  • Craft UK kraft 7×5 card blank
  • Crafter’s Companion CenturaPearl Gold
  • Hero Arts/Gina K – Friendship Blooms stamp set
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • Versamark Ink
  • WOW! Rich Gold EP
  • WOW! Black EP
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers:
    • Floral Garden selection
  • Nuvo Shimmer powder Atlantic Burst
  • Arteza Real Brush pen
  • Daler Rowney Aquafine black Gouache paint
  • Unbranded foam adhesive
  • Unbranded double sided tape
  • Unbranded metal stud embellishments

7 thoughts on “AAABirthday Guest Designer! – Challenge 11 Flowers

  1. Absolutely stunning! Love how the flower spray pops against the black. Thanks so much for joining us as a Guest Designer, it’s been fabulous to have you on board.

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  2. I do love gold embossing with watercolours, and the dark background really makes your flowers pop! Beautiful card, thank you for being our Guest Designer at AAA Birthday!

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  3. This card is fabulous, I love those colours and the contrast with the black background. Congrats too on your guest designer spot xx

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