The Flower Challenge Guest Designer

Hi all! I’m thrilled to be featured as a guest designer this month over at “The Flower Challenge“! I love making flower cards and this challenge has always been a favourite of mine as soon as its started, so when Viv asked me to be a guest designer this month, I was touched and honoured. The theme this month is vellum/acetate and it was a great opportunity for me to make a card using materials I don’t normally use.

the flower challenge

I decided to go with vellum as i love the soft look of the images behind vellum. I first stamped this beautiful hydrangea stamp from Penny Black with Altenew inks onto vellum paper and heat embossed it with clear sparkling Wow embossing powder. I then coloured the undersides of the flower with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers. I stamped the sentiment from another penny Black stamp set called “purr-fect message” in Stazon black ink as its fast drying.

Hydrangea vellum flower challenge guest designer.jpg

I next worked on the card base itself by stamping the same stamp afew times, without heat embossing it and coloured it with Spectrum Noirs again. As Hydrangeas have large leaves, I looked through my whole stamp collection and finally found some in Altenew Perennial Beauty stamp set. Its a multi layer stamp set so I used my Color Box cat eyes set of 6 different greens pigment inks called Rain Forest to add depth and detail in my leaves.

To glue the vellum onto my card, I added Scrap Perfect’s “Best Glue Ever” (thats what its called!) , behind the places on the card I didn’t mind would be more visible. Even if the glue dries clear, I realised that it makes whatever areas I add it on, become more visible through the vellum. I then added some Goosebumps dots on the leaves to mimic water drops. Its actually a texture spray but I used other end of the spray funnel to add drops.


The colouring of my hydrangeas was inspired by my own hydrangeas which I recently planted in my new garden. I planted 5 of them of various colours along with roses, peonies and lavenders. I never used to like flowers until I started making cards and painting! Now I can’t stop taking pics of them to hopefully do them justice one day on my paintings. My plantations are still small so look a little scarce, but here’s a few pics anyway.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll pop over to The Flower Challenge and admire what the Design Team has created just to inspire you to play along with this month’s challenge! I know I’ll be making another card using vellum or acetate as I had so much fun creating this one!

Have a great day!


I’m sharing this card at:

penny blackPenny Black and More – Anything Goes challenge

CASual fridaysCAS-ual Fridays Stamps – April showers bring May Flowers

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – Bold bloom. I never have any idea what my style is!

CRAFTY CATZ BLOG BANNERCrafty Catz challenge – Anything Goes with optional twist – Add Flowers


10 thoughts on “The Flower Challenge Guest Designer

  1. Gorgeous Gwendolyn. Love that embossed hydrangea on the vellum and the beautiful colours you chose. Thanks for making such a great card for The Flower Challenge.


  2. Hello Gwendolyn: Thank you for being our Guest Designer for this new challenge at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, we are thrilled to have you.
    Your card is gorgeous, I love how the heat embossed Hydrangea looks on the Vellum and the softness of the flowers under it, love it.
    Thanks again for joining us this month, hope you keep playing along with us next time.

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  3. Pretty card! Gorgeous garden. Loved looking at your garden pics. Thanks for joining us at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.


  4. Very pretty! Love the colors- they match your hydrangeas perfectly and the vellum overlay! Thanks for sharing with us at The Card Concept! Hugs and we hope you can join us again soon 🙂


  5. A pretty floral cdeation, thanks so much for joining in our May challenge at Penny Black and More challenge.


  6. i love the layout and the vellum on this very pretty card! your garden photos are fabulous too. thank you so much for playing along with us at the penny black and more challenge!

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  7. how beautiful Gwendolyn…love the bkg stamping which compliments the flower so well.
    So happy you are our guest at The Flower Challenge this month.

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  8. Such a fabulous card Gwendolyn! love your beautiful hydrangeas and the clever use of vellum. Great garden and flower pics too…thank you for joining us as our Guest Designer over at ‘The Flower Challenge’ this month 😉 hugs Viv xx

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