SAF 2016: Floral Impressionism with Melissa Phillips

By July 23, 2016Stamp-a-faire

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Melissa Phillips is taking you to era of Impressionism next. This style of painting has always designated with people because of the feelings and emotions it can capture in a way that many other styles cannot compare. One of the most famous Impressionists is of course Claude Monet. Check out this short biography about him along with further details as to how Impressionism got its name.


As a special treat I thought I would share this rare video footage of Claude Monet himself painting near his famous water lily garden. What an honor to get to see a true master at work!


Melissa says, “My project uses white embossing powder combined with ink to create layers that mimic a soft and romantic look, similar to that found in Impressionistic Art.  With the combination of water, this technique takes on a very ethereal feel and is one that has become a favorite of mine.”



  • STAMPS: Floral Sketches, Friendship Jar Flowers, Mini Blooms, Just the Jar: Pint Mini, and Background Basics: Text Style
  • DIES: Tremendous Tags die, Floral Sketches dies, Be Happy dies
  • INK: Aqua Mist, Mint Julep, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Autumn Rose, Bright Buttercup, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Lavender Moon, Green Parakeet, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Sweet Blush, Fresh Snow Linen, watercolor paper
  • OTHER: Sweet Blush Button, Corner Rounder, White Embossing Powder, Thread, Water brush


  • Card base (cut from Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock)  11” x 4”
  • Card front (cut from Fresh Snow Linen or Watercolor Cardstock)  5 1/2” x 4”





  • The “white space” or areas created with the use of the embossing powder, really help in achieving the softened effect.  By doubling up on the application of the embossing powder, you create even more “white space” allowing you to bring light and softness to your project. 
  • Manet and other Impressionistic artists, created very soft, blurred images, with subtle detail.  This can be achieved by stamping your final, detailed stamp layer over the embossing image, being careful to offset this layer a bit.  You’re using the very same stamp, but with your chosen ink color.  By offsetting the final layer slightly, portions of it will show, not the entire image, allowing for subtle details to show amidst the white embossing.
  • The application of water really aids in achieving the Impressionistic feel.  When you use water, you’ll notice that this softens colors through blending, taking away sharp edges and lines, and creating a beautiful flow between colors.


–Now it’s your turn!  Use your paper crafting supplies to create an impressionistic look.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Melissa above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

–You will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


–As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 

–TWO randomly selected winners will be chosen from ALL the entries within this list on Tuesday, July 26th. The winners will be posted on our Tuesday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winners will each get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Thanks for joining us!  We look forward to seeing your projects!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 29 Comments

  • 1

    Melissa, this is an absolutely amazing tutorial!! Your card is so beautiful!

  • 2

    Wow, this is stunning!

  • 3
    Beth M. says:

    Cool water droplet technique- loved the collaged look.

  • 4
    Jen M says:

    Melissa – you have outdone yourself with this technique and card. I can’t believe how beautiful both are and am anxious to try it when I get home tonight!

  • 5
    Pat Whitley says:

    Beautiful, Melissa. I think you may have forced me to get a water pen.

  • 6
    Nancy Ward says:

    OMG Melissa! This is a work of art! The impressionists are one of my favorites and you have rocked this challenge! Thank you for the amazing inspiration!

  • 7
    Dana Kirby says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous!! I am going to start the process and give it a try! Thank You for the beautiful inspiration, your work is amazing!

  • 8
    Bev says:

    Oh how I loved getting a look at your thinking and creative process as these gorgeous cards were brought to life. Your video was outstanding – I felt like I was in your workshop with you. Fantastic!

  • 9
    JanetB says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I love how you use the script stamp on the jar for texture and softness. I will try this one, for sure.

  • 10
    janet says:

    What incredible footage of Claude Monet 😀 Thank you – not only for the clips but your lovely and wonderful tutorial. I tried….mmmmm, tried – that’s all I am saying – LOL

  • 11
    Susan P says:

    All I can say is that you are amazing Melissa! I tried and tried with the flower sets I have, and could not recreate this look. I tried it with Leaf Prints and like the look, but not sure it is accurate for Impressionism. It was fun to try though!

  • 12
    Cynthia Rose says:

    I enjoyed learning about Monet and Impressionism. Your card and technique are stunning.

  • 13
    Renee Lewis says:

    I think I need to get a new stamp set…nothing I have will come close.
    This technique and your card are so pretty.
    Thank you.

  • 14
    Anne B says:

    Gorgeous card, Melis. My favourite technique of the day!

  • 15
    Cheryl Cullen says:

    What a beautiful and unique technic!! I can not wait to give this a try!! I have always loved impressionistic paintings!! This is truly a work of art!! Thank you so much for this tutorial!! ?

  • 16
    SabineV says:

    honestly gorgeous. This is a must have stamp set for me and I cannot wait until it is back in stock! Thank you for sharing!

  • 17
    D.Ann C says:

    So soft and beautiful! Thanks for the fun technique!

  • 18
    Holly Saveur says:

    In LOVE with your card and will def make cards with this technique…(don’t own this stamp set yet….but will use others first)
    LOVE Monet his work…and many other Impressionists!

  • 19
    Kathy Mc says:

    Melissa’s card is just stunning! Have to rematch her video and get serious about creating something…once I figure out which stamp set I own that will work for this challenge.

  • 20
    Helen F. says:

    What a stunning card! I LOVE Impressionist Art. Thank you, Melissa for showing us all of the steps involved in creating this beautiful art!

  • 21
    Traci Major says:

    Melissa…your card has such a lovely soft feel and beautiful subtle layering!! You’ve been a long admired artist…thank you for showing us a little into the window of mastering this technique!!

  • 22
    Donna Gourley says:

    Thanks Melissa! My style leans more towards big and bold most times, so your session was a good reminder for me that sometimes, it’s okay to tone things down a bit.

  • 23
    Noelle says:

    I was very blessed to get to see some original Monet paintings once. Wow! Your card is so lovely Melissa. I hope I can find time to try this out!

  • 24

    You always know how to create such a soft, romantic look, Melissa! I love your tip for heat embossing before watercoloring. It definitely added an Impressionist feel to my card! Now I can’t wait to try it with lots of different floral images! ♡

  • 25
    AOK says:

    Great techniques which I will definitely use again. Loved your tutorial and your amazingly beautiful card.
    Thank you.

  • 26
    DIANA L. says:

    What an awesome video Melissa. I have to say yours was the biggest challenge for me I spent 3 hours on it and I am not totally happy that it came out the way I had hoped. I am done now and I want to say thank you for the inspiration. I will have to try this again when i have more time. Your cards are always so lovely and your placement of all the elements is just amzing.

  • 27
    Carmela Hubler says:

    I loved the flowers you made. I ran out of time to give this a try but I will definitely try it later!!

  • 28
    Karen W says:

    Everyone’s cards are just so beautiful! Thanks for teaching us this great technique.

  • 29
    super stick chick says:

    Beautiful work and a fabulous technique.

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