Susan used watercolour crayon applied directly on to the stamp before spritzing and stamping. I have never tried this before but I have added it to my list of things to do.
The stamp is a digi from Sketching Stamper, beautifully drawn, and is capable of being resized quite large without losing definition. I applied a very pale blue wash as a background which doesn't show up too well in the photo.
Now..... confession time. This card did start out as a 6" square card but, true to form, I managed to get a watermark stain in on it. So I just sliced off the top. Still works for me!!
Digi stamp - Poppies - Sketching Stamper
Sentiment -Hero Arts
Ink - Memento
Was slightly frustrated that I had to cut the card down because of my splodge so I have made another one. I have orange Oriental Poppies in my garden just like these. They don't last long and unfortunately, they invariably come into flower when we have rain and wind. So it is nice to be able to create a more permanent memory.
Updated 17th July
Thank you for the kind comments. It is encouraging to know that my work gives some pleasure. Keeps me motivated too.
Susan asked in her comment if I had any tips to share about blending colours. I find that the stamps usually have some indication of where deeper colours and shading are required. I apply small amount of crayon at the bottom of the petal ( always in the direction of growth) then use the water brush to blend. I continue to do this until I feel that I have got the right depth of colour. I tend to use one colour.
I viewed Harriet Skelly's beautiful embossed and watercoloured card (OLW12) and followed the link that she gave for her inspiration. Here it is. Amazing! It occurred to me that this was a lesson in itself on colouring and blending. Hope that this was useful.
I have also entered this card into the Stamp Something Challenge where the requirement was to use a digital image.