Monday, June 5, 2017

Geraniums for a Friend

Hi there.

I got out my watercolors and an NBUS stamp yesterday.

I tried inking with Distress stains but I ended up coloring the stems red
as well as the flowers.

So I went back in with markers.

It's a little messy.

I used MISTI to stamp.  That way I can go back and get some details
after moving the color with water.

I pulled some of the color out and around the flower to
give it a loose look.  That way the messy seems intentional.


I plan to give this to our neighbors who are moving soon.
We are sad to see them leave.

They have admired my red geraniums each summer so
I thought this would be appropriate to  wish them well.

Inside I added this message....

Many people will walk
in and out of your 
life, but only true
friends will leave
footprints in your heart.
                Eleanor Roosevelt

Since it's flowers for friends, I'm going to run over to
'Flowers and friends make life a garden'


And since geraniums are my summer flower of choice,
I'll put this is in the gallery at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Cling Geraniums (Stampendous), Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onxy Black, Distress Stains (Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn), Distress Markers (same + Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (TH smooth side)
Other:  Paint Brushes #2 & #4, MISTI


LeAnne said...

I just love this...and they will too!

Colleen said...

Beautiful red geraniums, Bonnie...what a lovely sentiment too! They will cherish this card and your friendship, I bet they will frame it as a piece of art because it sure looks like one! Have a happy week!!

nancy littrell said...

Your special neighbors will be touched by your loving card and will certainly want to stay in touch. TFS your beautiful watercoloured geraniums my friend. Hugs..

Loll said...

Your watercolour geraniums are beautiful, Bonnie. And your message of friendship and love is so special. They will treasure this beautiful card made by you. xx

Beverly James said...

Enjoy the pretty cards you post but I am not clear on something. What is a NBUS stamp? Your neighbors will enjoy the geranium card...nice!

Daffodil Cards said...

A beautiful effect achieved on the geranium, Love it.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh Bonnie, this water colored geraniums are gorgeous, the color is so true to the real flowers, love the shading around them, just beautiful.
Thank you for sharing this card with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, we always love to see your art in our gallery, hope you play again soon.
Maria Rodriguez.

pam said...

Beautiful card for your neighbours Bonnie, love this pretty stamp and how you have coloured this.
Pam x

Mac Mable said...

What a lovely card you've made for your neighbours and love the verse inside. Pretty water colouring and do like the loose feel and look to your gorgeous card x

Doris said...

Love the halo effect you achieved with your watercoloring!

Karen D. said...

pretty watercolour Bonnie..great stamp!!
xx Karen

Christine Alexander said...

Bonnie, the soft colour around the image is beautiful.

Pam Sparks said...

I had to chuckle at your 'maybe'! That's card-making for you! So fun messing around though and your card is beautiful Bonnie! I love geraniums! I gotta scroll back up and see who it's from! :D

Julia Aston said...

A beautiful watery look to your inking Bonnie! the geraniums look so pretty! I'm sure your neighbors loved this card from you - so sad to lose good neighbors! Julia xx

alexandra s.m. said...

Beautiful and very artistic Connie!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Awesome card! I love the messy, watery look, especially for geraniums. I love geraniums, but from a distance because they have such a dusty paper smell that my asthma can't handle. So many influential women in my life had geraniums, so good memories there (just don't breath them!).

Sue said...

I love how you coloured your beautiful geraniums, Bonnie. They are one of my favourites and I just bought some lovely red ones to go in the pots at the front of my house. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love your geraniums, Bonnie! So gorgeous with the watercolor shadows!!

Linda said...

Beautiful geraniums Bonnie. Your card is lovely. I have such a hard time with loose watercoloring, but yours is amazing.

Nancy Stislow said...

Bonnie, I absolutely love the loose watercoloring on this! I have not succeeded with this but you managed beautifully! Love the rich colors too!

Maxine D said...

Bonnie this is gorgeous - love the 'loose' watercolouring!!

Nonni said...

Oh they will love this card! Such a pretty watercolor flower and with that sentiment inside... I foresee teary goodbyes! :) Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT!

stampwithsandy said...

This is really pretty, Bonnie. I love the watercoloring outside the edges and your "deliberately" messy look. And I think I need this stamp :) I love geraniums.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I love your watercolor cards. I love how the paintings are surrounded by a delicate mist created by the work of water. Great card.
BożenA xoxo