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‘Bold Blooms’ Jun 2022 Release Instagram hop and prizes to be won!

Hello, and welcome to our Instagram hop for Jun 2022 release, "Bold Blooms". Before we get to the 'how-to-win' part, let's check out the cards I made, shall we?


I used two different stamp sets and made two different (but similar) cards. Both of these are inspired by the uber-talented @debbyhughes from Lime Doodle Design. She has shared several cards done with pencil coloring gorgeous flowers. I decided to take a leaf out of her book for these cards today. (Yes, pun intended!) And I also played with splatters on both of them. For the control freak in me, splatters have been always scary, but I realized I enjoyed them. Maybe it's the universe telling me to lose control a bit more? :)


Anyways, I won't try to hype up these anymore. Here are the cards:


I printed all of these at one go using PowerPoint to lay the images and sentiments out + my trusted laser printer to print them on Neenah Desert Storm 80 lb cardstock.


For the blue flowers, I used the peonies from the Forever Love stamp set (All supplies linked below). I don't even know if there are blue peonies :D but in my imagination there are, so I just went with that. I used only Prismacolor pencils on this one. Here are the colors I used:

- Flower - White, True Blue, and Light Cerulean Blue. The flowers have ridge lines defined, so I just followed those.

- Flower center - Canary Yellow.

- Branches - Sienna Brown and Dark Brown.

- Leaves - Apple Green, Grass Green, Spanish Orange, and White

- Stamens - Micron .005 pen

Finally, I added splatters with white gesso and of course matching gems from Hero Arts.




For the pink flowers, I used the Morning Glory stamp set. As the base layer, I used white gesso instead of a white pencil. I have seen Debby use gouache as a base layer, but I wanted to play slightly differently, so I used gesso. The main difference between the two is that gesso, once dry does not react again to water. It's like a layer I can go back and add on top of. It's not entirely opaque either, so I didn't lose the lines of the printed image completely. I did go ver them with the marker just because they became faint.

Here are the colors I used:

- Flower - Prismacolor Pink and Crayola Magenta.

- Flower center (darkest part) - Polychromos Magenta.

- Leaves and branches - Apple Green, and Grass Green.

Finally, I added splatters with white gesso and of course matching gems and sequins from Pink Fresh Studio and Simon Says Stamp.





I like how gesso adds more vibrancy than just the colored pencil in white. Also, since it's a paint-like medium, it's easier to cover the entire petal or leaf in one go.


There, I hope you like both these cards and do give these ideas a try. And don't forget to play along on Instagram.


Instagram Hop

We are hoping along starting from my feed @VaradaSharma. Do drop by to check out the full list of participants. We will pick 3 winners to receive $10 store credit each, from comments across all the stops. So, what are you waiting for?


Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!







Hugs! ~Varada

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