Guest Designer Holly Mays and Watercolor Plants

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


I had SO much fun creating this card! My goal was to create a collage. I started out using stamps from Fanciful Vintage and Vintage Backgrounds. I inked up the stamps and then stamped off some of the ink on scratch paper. I did this so that when I stamped on my card the image would be lighter~ creating depth and dimension. I stamped one of the images with VersaMagic Oasis Green to add some color! {smiles}

The Watercolor Plants, Running Stitches, and greeting were all stamped with the first generation of ink. I layered the "I Love You" onto black cardstock to make it pop out a little more. The last thing I did was add buttons. The card needed a little something~ and the buttons did the trick!  I LOVE creating collage cards!

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Running Stitches, Trendy Greetings, Fanciful Vintage, Vintage Backgrounds, Pemberley Bay Matchbook Kit, VersaMagic Oasis Green, Noir Black Palette Ink Pad


I started this card by placing a strip of Amberley Grace cardstock on the side~ then I added matching ribbon. I punched a circle out of kraft cardstock using a 2 1/2" punch and I punched a 3" scalloped circle from Amberley Grace. The VersaMark gave the Watercolor Plants a soft look. I stamped "many thanks" with Burnt Umber. The bow and the buttons gave the card the "POP" that it needed. ;)

I like this card because Amberley Grace does all the work! The biggest challenge for me on this card was tying the BOW! I am not the best at tying bows! ha!

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Tag Tidbits, Amberley Grace Cardstock and Ribbon, Burnt Umber Palette Ink Pad, VersaMark Pad


This card was FUN for me because I usually work with darker colors! I'm trying to expand my comfort zone! I started with my Speckle stamp~ using Belle Rose and Orangerine~ to create my background. I used the same two colors of ink to stamp the Watercolor Plants. I stamped the Watercolor Plants with the first and second generation of ink to create some depth. I layered my image onto orange cardstock and used pop dots to attach it to the card. Finally, I added a saying.

I LOVE my Speckle stamp, but I wanted some "bigger" I went back and added a few random larger speckles with my orange marker.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Speckle, Tag Tidbits, Belle Rose Palette Ink Pad, Orangerine Palette Ink Pad, Pop Dots


An old book I found inspired me to do this card! The pages were falling out and I almost threw the book in the trash.  What was I thinking?! {smiles} I took a page from the book and started stamping Watercolor Plants~ stamping several different generations of ink to create depth. I used Edge Designs on two sides.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, With Sympathy, Edge Designs, Noir Black Palette Ink Pad


This was a simple and fast card to make...just a few layers and black ink!


I used my Scor-Bug Embosser on the left side of the card and added a photo turn and brad.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Happily Grateful, Noir Black Palette Ink Pad, Scor-Pal, Scor-Bug Embosser


Aquacolors are SO fun to play with! I used 3 colors~orange, yellow, green. I sprayed my stamp with water and colored directly on the stamp with aquacolors. I stamped my image on white cardstock. Pop dots were used to give the main image some height.

I purchased some doilies at a local dollar store and I was determined to use one on this card! I stamped the doily using my Script stamp and Orangerine ink pad.

Supplies: Watercolor Plants, Script, Trendy Greetings, Aquacolors, Orangerine Palette Ink Pad, Noir Black Ink Pad, Pop Dots

***There are links above so that you can purchase the product I have used, but PLEASE purchase from your ANGEL demonstrator if you have one! I hope you have enjoyed my cards, but most of all, I hope you are inspired to stamp and create! I have thoroughly enjoyed being a Guest Designer! Thank you!

Click here to visit my blog: Holly Mays

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  1. oh my gosh, I just LOVE all your cards! They are all beautiful, Holly.

  2. Your cards are amazing Holly. So many great layouts!

  3. What a fun and varied selection - all with one stamp! :) Great job Holly - wonderful ideas here!!

  4. They are all unique and stunning! FABULOUS!

  5. Holly, these are just beautiful!!!

  6. they all are so different .... how amazing is that .... I can tell that a few of them are really not your usual style .... but you did it girl by coming out of your box. amazing!!!

  7. Holly your cards are so nice, and so different. I'd say you are FABULOUS! I can't decide if I like the first one (collage) best or the last one - like the colors on it a lot. They are all lovely, and I think you chose a nice stamp set - so versatile. Great job!

  8. Wow! These are all so beautiful, and each one is so different from the others! I do not have this set, but I think I must get it now!! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration!!

  9. amazing! I have had this set for a long time - but never used it. I now have inspiration!!!!!!
    These are just incredible - and such a variety of cards/techniques!

  10. I really love what you created with this set. The cards really show how versatile this set is. Love the collage the best! I wish I could stamp like that.

  11. Thank U, Thank U, Thank U for the sweet comments! I really enjoyed playing with Watercolor Plants!
    Maria~ U can create a collage card! I was thinking about posting on my blog...a collage card...showing step-by-step pictures/directions. What do you think?

  12. They are all so lovely! The book page one is awesome!

  13. Christine PenningtonFebruary 3, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Holly Rocks the house! Great job on all of them--can't decided which one I like the most. I love this set, always have.

  14. Fabulously beautiful cards, Holly. Love them all!!!!!!

  15. Love your cards! That set's on my order form already. Absolutely love it stamped in black.

  16. Wow Wow Wow!!! These are all such lovely cards Holly... So many wonderful varations!!