So how could I make a card with just one peony on it. I had to have several all put together in one big bouquet!

And Flourishes newly released “Peony” set worked perfectly for it!

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I have always enjoyed the masking technique. I used it here to get only partial images of the Peony and achieve a feeling of depth to the overall image. The first flower was stamped in the lower left hand corner. I then masked that and stamped the Peony directly above and to the right of it. Then I masked all three flowers and finally stamped the flower in the middle. The leaves were added last, again masking the flower that I wanted the leaves to appear to be attached to. I used Craft inks for the Peonies and the leaves.

This Peony is such a beautiful image, and I have seen several cards showcasing it where it has been colored. But I was excited to use the masking technique and try the Peony just inked up and stamped with no coloring. How would it do? Well I think it passed the test with flying colors (no pun intended!) The image does really well standing all on it’s own. This Peony is SO versatile! You can see other cards made with the Peony here on the Flourishes Newsletter Blog. Check them out for some wonderful inspiration.

And now just for fun I thought I would share some of the “practice” bouquets I made.

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It may give you a better look into the process. I was experimenting with different colors, images and leaf positions. (Do you see the Flourish from the new Flourishes “Coffee With Friends” set!?) Gosh now that I’m looking at the upper left piece, I’m really liking the fuller more complete leaves that are showing… Hmmm… I feel another card coming on!

Hope you have fun with your new Peony set! Give masking a try. It’s really fun!

Stamps: Flourishes “Peony”
Papers: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Cameo Coral, DP Basic Grey “Two Scoops”
Inks: Craft: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Old Olive; Classic: Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Barely Banana; Marker: Always Artichoke
Accessories: May Arts Sheer Polka Dot Apple Green Ribbon, Half Round Pearls

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