Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Beautiful Spring Cherry Blossoms!

Flowering Cherry Trees are a beautiful sign of Spring:-)

Wishing that my Cherry blossoms card brings you joy,  my friends.
Stay safe and creative!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations on your blogs.

I was inspired by the CAS Mix Up Challenge hosted by Loll to design 
a card using bleaching.

I used Bleaching, Stamping, Watercoloring and Die Cut.

I Loved Hideko's bleaching of her cherry blossoms with just a touch
  of beautiful soft watercoloring,  which inspired my design.

First I blended DOX Salty Ocean with makeup brush onto Mixed Media paper.
Then stamped and heat embossed my PB "First Blush" flowers using MISTI, 
Versamark ink and SU Early Espresso EB powder.

Next die cut layer with PB "Leaf Stitched Frames".

I poured a small amount of bleach into a very small glass bowl.
I used an inexspensive small paint brush that Susan gave all of us at our 2019 retreat. 

Next I painted over the image and border leaves with the bleach to remove the 
blue background ink.

Then dabbed the brush onto paper towel to  remove the blue ink from the paint brush
and then added more bleach doing one petal at a time
until I had removed all the blue ink.

I was tempted to leave the flowers and leaves uncolored,  but
planned to add my card to the CAS Watercolour Challenge..Spring Flowers.
Hosted by Susan!

I was so inspired by all the CAS watercolored flowers cards that the DT created.
I actually used the same cherry blossom stamp that Loll used except 
I turned mine up right.

Next I let the bleach dry thoroughly (overnight) then watercolored with
Zigs and water brush.  I used just a tiny bit of Zigs and moved the ink with the 
water brush,  so I could get very light pink and yellow watercolors onto my blossoms
and get more highlights on the leaves.  I loved the results.

I popped up layer with white craft foam onto SU Whisper White 100# CS.
Added a STAMPlorations Clear Sticker "Happy Spring" to a black border.
Then added Dazzling Diamonds to the center of the flowers and Done!

So happy to add my card to 2 favorite challenges.
Thank you Susan, Hideko and Lolly for your inspiration:-) Hugs...

Adding to The Flower Challenge #43 Spring/Autumn

Stamps: Penny Black First Blush.
Paper: SU Whisper White 100#.  Strathmore Mixed Media. SU Basic Black
Inks: Versamark.  Distress Oxide Salty Ocean.  Zigs markers.
Accessories: MISTI. Penny Black Leaf Stitched Frames. STAMPlorations Clear Stickers: Happy Spring. Make Up Brushes. paint brush, bleach, paper towel. SU Dazzling Diamonds.


  1. This is so pretty Nancy. I adore cherry blossoms - and your colouring after bleaching is gorgeous. A safe social distance hug from across the pond. x

  2. CAS and absolutely BEAUTIFUL Nancy! Your coloring on those Cherry Blossoms is awesome and they really pop against the blue background! Your card definitely says SPRING!! Hugs. :0)

  3. the bleach pulled your colour off perfectly Nancy. Love your cherry blossom against the blue sky :)

  4. This is so pretty, Nancy! The shades of pink and green look beautiful with the blue in the background. You bleached out the color of the tiny leaves of the frame one by one! It was worth the time & effort! I love the wide white border around the panel too. Thank you so much for your kind words for me. I'm so happy to see your card in the CMU gallery, my friend! Thanks for sharing! Hugs.. Hideko

  5. You've done a great job combining the 2 themes! Your beautiful cherry blossom did make me smile:) Perfect for both our challenges! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Well this made me smile... It's wonderful Nancy!! I'm so happy that you had time to play along at CAS Mix Up... The blossom is so pretty! (Good luck with the watercolouring)

  7. beautiful, cheerful and calming...well done mf.
    Hope you are well and staying safe.
    xx Karen

  8. Nancy, this is just so lovely! I'm surprised the bleach doesn't continue to work, even after drying overnight! I simply must give this a try!! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration... xx

  9. True they are a sign of spring, and such a lovely one at that. Really gorgeous on your card! Interesting twist on the bleach technique, using bleach to remove the ink. My spring flowers are popping out, encouraged by the sun we've had the past few days. Yay!

  10. So pretty, Nancy. Great bleaching job. Your blossoms pop beautifully against the blue background.

  11. Beautifully done, Nancy! You've inspired me to try this again! Love that you can color an image on a background without having to work around the coloring.

  12. The Penny Black frame is lovely with this and the bleaching is so soft with those pretty blossoms. I love this card.

  13. Your cherry blossoms are so sweet and delicate, Nancy! I love that you painted the tiny leaf border! So intricate and very striking! A lovely card, my friend!

  14. Beautifully created card Nancy! LOVE the gorgeous blue surrounding your lovely cherry blossoms. The pink and yellow together are so pretty! Great work with the bleaching technique! xx

  15. Beautiful blossoms! Lovely sky behind them! Great job on the bleaching and then going back in and adding watercolouring! Thanks so much for making a card for my Spring Flowers challenge!

  16. WOW! Great card, it has so much spring energy. I love your delicate cherry blossoms, they look stunning, and the whitening technique has made them so delicate.
    Happy Easter, Nancy. Let these holidays be joyful, healthy and safe.
    BożenA xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, my friend. May you be blessed on this holiday and stay safe and healthy. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  17. Love your floral card, pretty colors and it's so perfect it almost looks like a hand-painted tile!

  18. Such a delicate and pretty card and a fabulous effect with the bleaching Nancy x. Keep well my friend x

  19. I just love that die cut with the little leaves around the border Nancy - so pretty all in blue surrounding your lovely cherry blossom! xx

  20. I just love this, your blooms are so delicate and light. The black matted sentiment brings unity to all the stamping. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Mix Up xx!

  21. Beautiful card and I love the die cut with the design of your card and these beautiful flowers! Thanks for playing along with us at The Flower Challenge!


Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your much appreciated comments! Hugs....Nancy