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!


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.


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

23 Responses to “Peonies Peonies Oh How I Love Peonies”

  1. Susan, this card is stunning! I love the faux stitching, the colors, the ribbon! Just perfect! I love the other pieces you did with the flourishes as well, gorgeous and that little bee is adorable. Oh my, I want to play!

  2. you’ve created yet another WOW card! This is absolutely gorgeous and the flowers look so real I swear I can almost smell their sweet perfume! The faux stitching and pearls perfectly compliment the pretty flowers and beautiful papers. Awesome card, love it!

  3. Susan this is breathtaking, wonderful work, love it.

  4. This is beautiful. I love peonies too. They are so timeless. Love your work. TFS! XO, Mimi

  5. This is so pretty, thanks for sharing the creation process with us.

  6. Susan, beautiful card. My neighbor just gave me a white peony yesterday! It’s beautiful on my table in a rose bowl.

  7. This is such a lovely card Susan, my peonies are all waterlogged and laying on the ground because it just won’t stop raining!

  8. This is a beautiful card that shows off the fabulous process of masking….I love masking,knowing it can give our projects so much more potential….the image from Flourishes you choose is perfectly FABULOUS on it own but creation is Fabulous. And the great flat back pearls you shared should be on the shelves of Flourishes ANY day. Did I say your card was fabulous. This card is FABULOUS! …just had to make sure.

  9. Absolutely stunning in a warm and wonderful kind of way, Susan! Your practice pieces look fabulous, too!

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous Susan!!

  11. Just beautiful!! I think the new Flourishes sets are gorgeous.

  12. Super gorgeous. Perfectly done. Wonderful finishing details.

  13. Gorgeous card Susan! I, too, love my peonies! Mine are a little late opening this year. Maybe by next week…I can’t wait…they are so pretty!

  14. Total perfection!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous, I would never have thought to use the green polka dotted ribbon with this, but it sure looks fabulous!!

    I love peonies too, we bought this house at Christmas time in 2004 and every summer these peonies grow behind some shrubbery. This year my husband finally noticed them and said how pretty they were and that he needed to replant them someplace else!

  16. Fabulous card, Susan! I love what you’ve done with the peony stamp! The masking and layering are wonderful!

  17. Susan,
    This is absolutely breathtaking!! But that’s not surprising- I’m a big fan of your work! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! You know, one of my dear friends says the same thing–“Breathe”, and you’re right, it does work! Thanks for reminding me!!

  18. Oh WOW! Yes, WOW…this is gorgeous! What a fabulous use of this image!

  19. absolutely breath taking!

  20. This is so gorgeous, Susan!! I love your stitching, pretty pearls, and your perfect ribbon!!

  21. Super classy susan!

  22. Oh, Susan! This card is so luscious! I love peonies too, although I didn’t know it until my last visit to our grocery store — they had bouquets of peonies in the front entrance, and their fragrance was just heavenly! The flowers themselves are so beautiful too, their petals are almost lace-like. You did a fabulous job on this card (as always!), and looking at it takes me back to my first memory of peonies (okay, so it was only a week ago, but it’s still a memory -lol!). 😉

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