Designing with Flowers and Elements of the Sea

starfish hydrangea mug
Beach Garden Mug – click below to see this in the Gifts section.

I discovered early on in my work that big hydrangea flowers sell products. True blue flowers are rare, and the large blooms of the mophead hydrangea can be truly stunning.  In fact one of my online stores was opened to contain all hydrangea images – BlueHyd.  When I decided to add elements of the sea along with this flower, I had created something doubly wonderful.

Bringing in elements of the sea works especially well to sell beach wedding stationery. I also use the designs to make personalized gifts, which sell well around holidays and Mother’s Day.

Luckily, in New England, I had my own beautiful hydrangea flowers growing right in my yard. And, I happened to have a big white starfish. The multi-petal hydrangea blossom holds the starfish well, so I just tucked it into the flower and began photographing. After isolating the image, I could use it however I chose. The blue floral images came out lovely and I have used them to create the Seaside Blue wedding set.
Seaside blue hydrangea wedding

In my northern yard I had blue and white and pink flowering plants. The mopheads worked well to create this type of image, but not so much the elongated blooms, like the Pinky Winky.

I miss my hydrangea shrubs, but now I grow hibiscus and other tropical flowering plants. It might be time to combine new elements of the sea with new stunning new types of flowers.

‘Seaside Garden’ Incorporates Starfish With White Hydrangeas

white starfish and hydrangea flower
Getting Creative

The white “Blushing Bride” hydrangea shrub is showing off some mighty nice, big, white flowers and I decided that I would try photographing them with starfish for my wedding shops. This is the photo I chose to use – with the background removed, to make the first set of custom stationery for Sandpiper Wedding. I call it Seaside Garden for brides who are married near the ocean in summer (or Fall) when the hydrangeas are blooming.  I think it’s a nice combination.

It could apply to any couple who loves the beach too. I always say, “it’s your wedding, do it as you want”. Personally, I hate to see everyone choose the same old designs over and over just because they are popular. Choose something that is uniquely you. This stationery will be very unique since I took the photo, created the design and made the cards.

It was a toss-up between that beach-themed store and the hydrangea themed store, but I decided to use the white flower alone for the BlueHyd shop. At some point I will use the flower alone to create wedding invitations, but for now I am working on the “Seaside Garden” design, with a blue version to come.