Paper craft project no. 102: Life is better because of you

2013-12-19 Life is better because of you
Here’s an A2 card I created as an inspiration project for the STAMPlorations December Challenge: Stamps and Silhouettes. When you have a moment, do check out the STAMPlorations blog, as my card is just one of 3 inspiration projects featured in this post. The other two cards are by DT members Nonni and Vicki. The challenge ends December 31st and there’s a prize for the winner — 2 Vignette stamp sets of his/her choice.

To create this card, I channeled my inner Heather Telford, but instead of creating snowy or wintry scenes like she did here and here (aren’t those cards incredible?), I went with a sunny scene — one with blue skies and green grass…no snow!

I first masked the lower portion of scrap watercolor paper with a thin sheet of paper then loaded my brush with water and painted teal zeal dye ink on the upper area. Next, I cut out a mask shaped like a cloud and with a sponge, I applied nautical blue dye ink lightly, moving my cloud mask across the top. I blended the dark blue ink with my water brush. With the lower portion still masked, I stamped the tree silhouettes in different shades of green. I removed the mask and painted the foreground by brushing water on the area first before layering and blending different shades of green again. I used my heat tool to dry the area. Using the black soot distress marker, I added some black on the tree silhouettes and the ground.  I then stamped the sentiment and trimmed my watercolor panel down to 2.75″ by 4.25″ and rounded off the corners. I thought that the ground needed some more color in addition to all that green grass so I painted in some flowers in nautical blue, love letter, tangelo, and dandelion dye inks. I added some faux stitching around my panel using one of the stitch stamps in the Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Pentagons set (a new set from STAMPlorations that will be available in January). I adhered DSP and ribbon on my card base before adhering my watercolor panel on pop-up foam dots.

2013-12-19 Life is better because of you -up close

I’m linking up this card to the following challenges: Emergency Crafters: Anything But Christmas; Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #76: Anything Goes; ScrapbookerPhD Challenge #5: Anything Goes; and Simon Says Monday Challenge: Use a Stamp. I thought this card also fits Keep It Simple #29: Warm — the sentiment implies warm thoughts and my stamped watercolor image shows a warm day. I grew up in a tropical country and I’ve never really gotten used to the 20-degree-and-below temps in the winter months here in the valley even though I’ve lived here for years. Creating this little “art” was my escape.

Stamps — VIGNETTE: Tree Silhouettes [trees, sentiment], PATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Pentagons [stitching] (STAMPlorations)
Inks — Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Pistachio, Cottage Ivy, Olive Grove, Northern Pine, Love Letter, Tangelo, Dandelion (Memento); Black (Hero Arts); Black Soot Distress Marker (Ranger)
Paper — 140-lb Cold-Press Watercolor Paper (Canson); Designer Paper (The Paper Studio)
Other — Ribbon (The Paper Studio); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Water Brush; Corner Rounder Punch

Thanks so much for stopping by!



9 Responses to “Paper craft project no. 102: Life is better because of you”

  1. The coloring here is so magical. I’m blown away by your talent. Thank you, thank you for joining ScrapbookerPhD for this challenge.

  2. Wow, this is such a work of art! Your watercoloring is beautiful. I love the layout of your card and the wooden background as well. Lovely! Thanks for joining us at ATSM. :)

  3. Shery, this is such a pretty card! I love the water coloring. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing your card with us this week for the Simon Says stamp Monday challenge. Happy Holidays! ~Michelle

  4. Wonderful Heather inspired card! I love the effects from water coloring with inks. The colors look really lovely and the overall looks is so artistic. xx

  5. A really beautiful card, love the details and colours..thanks for joining us at Emergency Crafters this time, Carole Z

  6. Beautiful card and backdrop. The faux stitching looks fabulous and adds so much detail. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

  7. Green grass, Sherry? What’s going on? Seriously though I love the movement and warmth you created in this scene. Beautifully done and thank you for the links and praise.

  8. Wow Shery this is stunning. I love all the detail. The colouring is such a breathe of fresh air at this time of year and what fab masking x


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