Lovely Mums

Every autumn, the greenhouses around here have chrysanthemum shows. They usually start in the middle of October, and the displays are so full of blooms that it’s hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. We visited the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls, and it was a great way to warm up after spending the afternoon walking along the river.

Lovely Mums

Lovely Mums

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This was a quick layout I did, and it’s not one of my favourites, but it was fun to try a few new techniques. I had wanted to try using some of Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint along with a mask, to watercolour with Distress Inks, and to layer die cuts to make a Thicker-like title.

I love the way the Distress Inks worked for watercolouring! They keep their vibrancy and intensity in a way a lot of watercolour paints don’t. I coloured the flowers after I die cut them out of some Tim Holtz watercolour paper, first putting ink on with a foam blending tool in the areas I wanted the colour, then wetting the paper with clean water. To add depth and even out some of the colour, I picked up in from the ink pads with my brush and painted more colour on. The great thing about Distress Inks is how they reactivate with water, so it was easy to blend and move colour around just by adding a bit of water, and you don’t feel rushed to get it ‘perfect’ right away at all.

I like the way the layered die cuts turned out as well. It was easy and fairly quick too. I cut the die out of cardstock five times, and used liquid glue to layer them on top of each other. I always have some Tombow Mono Multi with a pen tip around, and it works perfectly for something like this. It gives you just enough time to slide the pieces so that they stack up evenly, but is tacky enough that you don’t have to spend time holding them in place.


  • Recollections grey cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers, Evolution Advanced
  • American Crafts, lilac cardstock
  • American Crafts, Shimelle, “Lovely” die
  • Spellbinders, Die D-Lites, Asters and Poppies die
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Paint, white
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Inks, multiple colours
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Shine, Gold
  • Tombow, Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • date stamp
  • washi tapes



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