Watercolored Sunflowers - No Lines Technique

Happy Saturday!
As you may know from the last month or so of my posts, I'm a bit in love with sunflowers.  They are just too gorgeous and I adore adding them to my cards.  So this card is no different.  But since I've used them so much lately, I wanted to try something different with them.

So I took a shot at the no-lines technique.  I'm not sure I mastered it this first time, but it did turn out pretty good.
I stamped these sunflowers from the Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows stamp set in some really light distress inks before pulling out my watercolors.  Not having those lines to define each petal and add the detail in the middle was a bit frustrating because I couldn't get the right depth I wanted with the colors I chose.  But it was still super fun to finally give this technique a try, and I know that I will try it more often.

This card was made following the inspiration image over on the Winnie & Walter blog.  I loved the woodgrain in the image but I don't have any paper patterned like that.  So I attempted to make my own.  I used some watercolor paper and smeared 3 shades of brown inks across it to try and imitate a wood grain pattern.  I think it worked out pretty well!  It was fun to watch this come together as it dried.

To pull in the pinks and oranges from the inspiration photo, I used another piece of watercolor paper and added touches of pink and yellow and sprayed it with water to get it all moving.  This helped create an orange tint as well and I softened it all by lightly adding some white over the colors.  Totally love how soft but colorful it all is!  The perfect background for my sunflower woodgrain piece :)

I used just a simple sentiment, which is not normal for me, but it seemed to fit perfectly.  Then finished it all off with a few matte black sequins.  I always struggle to find good placement for sequins on my cards.  They never flow correctly it seems...but I keep trying :)

Oh yeah, and all the sunflowers have been generously sprayed with some gold glitter mist!  The sparkle is incredible on them!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards #23-Watercolor
    Addicted to Stamps & More #116-Anything Goes
    Inky Impressions #180-Flowers and Leaves
    Simon Says Stamp-Use Watercolors
    Winnie & Walter-Pinspiration with Vanessa

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will be back a little later today to share another card for a Winnie & Walter challenge..it's just in the middle of drying right now :)  <3


  1. You have done a great job at the no lines technique and your colouring worked out a dream. Thanks for joining is at ATSM

  2. I love, love, love this card. It's just beautiful. I was looking through the Addicted to Stamps entries and yours just popped. Super lovely.

  3. I love sunflowers, so glad you were able to play along with AAA Cards

  4. What a fabulous card, and you have nailed the technique. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.

  5. Fantastic. I absolutely love this card Emily x

  6. The sunflowers are so beautiful and have so much dimension too. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!!

  7. so stunning emily.your sunflowers are fantastic ;D

    xx coops xx

  8. Gorgeous sunflowers! Thanks for playing with us at ATSM!

  9. The Sunflowers are gorgeous and the card is brought together beautifully!

  10. These sunflowers are just stunning! Thank you so much for playing along in our Use Watercolors Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)