greeting cards

Flower in gold

It’s hard deciding on a design for a card when you never get any feedback from someone for the cards you make them. My brother’s other half is one of those people who doesn’t feel the need to let anyone know if they like something. Apparently she was really chuffed with the Christmas present I found for her, but I only know that because my mum was there when she opened it and saw her reaction…

So I have to go on instinct. I know she has an interest in art so I used that as my starting point. After much pondering, I decided to create something based on Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, also known as The Woman in Gold. I tend to avoid faces in my work, so rather than a portrait, I made my focal element a flower. And, to be honest, it’s the mixture of patterns in the gold that really appeal to me.

I think I used every gold pen and marker I own in this — and discovered some dead ones in my stash in the process — along with various gold paints and Posca markers for the patches of colour, and some touches of gilding at the end. The flower was created simply with embossing powder and a watercolour marker, fussy cut out, and mounted with thin foam tape.

I showed a photo of it to my mum when I visited her recently (the first time since before Covid) and she liked it. And she recognised what it was based on. I’ll take the approval where I can get it 🙂


  • stamps:
    Visible Image – creative chaos
  • dies:
    Create A Smile – double stitched rectangles
  • inks:
    Delicata pigment ink – golden glitz
  • pens:
    Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour marker – pthalo blue 110
    Posca pens
    Uni-ball Signo UM-153 gold
    Faber-Castell metallics pen – heart of gold
    Pilot Pintor – gold
    Copic multiliners
  • embossing powder:
    Wow! Metallic gold rich pale superfine EP
  • paint:
    Stuart Semple – gold
    Pebeo – iridescent gold
  • embellishments:
    Pebeo mixtion
    Pebeo gilding sheet – gold

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