Today I spent some time playing with a new-to-me stamp set from Stampendous - Build a Bouquet. It's quite a bit of fun to mix and match these pieces to see how the bouquet looks. However, the matching dies that I ordered at the same time have not yet arrived and I'll admit I'm a bit impatient to get them. I love how these turned out, but I want a bunch more die-cut pieces so I can quickly and easily layer them to create a dimensional look.
Anyway, these ones were stamped with black Versafine ink. I started with the flowers in the foreground (roses or hydrangeas), then used stencils to cover them when I stamped the other elements. (Don't stamp the vase first! You don't want the top border showing where the flowers are.)
Using watercolor pencils, I colored the places I wanted to be darkest - often using more than one color as I shaded them a bit. Then I used a water brush to paint in the rest and blend it all to get a lovely watercolor effect. I used a light blue for the part of the bowl that has water, and gray to shade the are above the water. Here are some other examples I made using the same stamp set: