It’s Sabrina here – and this week I have a floral card to share, using one of the stamps from the Set of 9 Flowered ATCs. The chrysanthemum is more typical of autumn , so I should probably have used the daffodil image ( or coloured them red, as in the language of flowers red chrysanthemums are a declaration of love) but generally chrysanthemums symbolise optimism and joy, so I think they are always in season. Some Chinese art features the “Four Gentlemen” or “Four Noble Ones”, which are four plants – plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and the chrysanthemum. Since they each represent a season, they can be used to depict the passing of the year.
I stamped my image on watercolour paper with Versafine Black ink, and then wet the background and coloured it with watercolours. After leaving it to dry, I coloured the flowers with pencils, and cut the trading card out.
I wanted to give it something of a garden setting, so I found an old Brusho background in my box of scraps and spares, and laid a die-cut trellis over it, then popped the chrysanthemum ATC up on foam tape. I added a few little butterflies cut from a scrap of card sponged with purple inks.
The set also includes other flowers including iris, hibiscus, lotus, daffodils, roses, and Asiatic lilies, so if you like to make and swap Artist Trading Cards, you could grow a whole garden of beautiful floral ATCs! Art Neko also sells packs of protective sleeves, and a super stamp for the back of your ATCs with space to fill in all the details.