Hello friends. We’re combining Good Vibe Friday with an Instant Garden digital release — as I know it gives me good vibes to share fresh illustrations and our designers’ wonderful cards! Today you’ll find the latest cards by the Instant Gardeners, plus a few ladies from the Bloom Brigade are showing off our other new digi set.
Introducing: Clover and Pansies
Cowabunga — this one has a whole bunch of fun in a single image. The newest in my a series of vintage café au lait bowls filled with garden goodies, Clover and Pansies is a rich and layered bouquet.
You’ll find so many different ways to color this one. Pansies, with their sunny, funny faces, offer velvety petals in shades of the richest dark purple to delicate apricot and everything in between. Some pansies are straightforward and single-toned. Other varieties they have dramatic veins, ruffles, and contrasting petals. Go big and bold or create a soft statement — it’s all up to you.
Pansies are a flower imbued with so much meaning... love, longing, remembrance. They are charming and painterly — as this vintage Burpee catalog says, “painted from nature”.
Combinations for this set are pretty much endless. I’ve drawn two larger pansies and three smaller ones (also known as Viola, and commonly as Johnny-jump-ups); then several four-leaf clovers for good luck. Clover’s botanical name is Trifolium, and there are a number of species offering exciting color combinations. Just for fun, I’ve also included Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis) which have a sweet trailing quality and wonderful symbolism.
Always remember that you can enlarge the image or crop in if it seems too daunting. That’s part of the fun of digital stamps.
Take a little tour of today’s new cards featuring this delightful bouquet — everyone came up with something unique, fresh, and full of spring zing!