Saturday, July 25, 2015

Watercolor flowers

Since I mailed my final box of cards to Operation Write Home, I haven't attempted to make cards.  For anyone who doesn't know, OWH finished their mission and will not accept cards received after August 1, 2015.

I have family birthdays to work on, so gave watercolor another attempt.  This time, I used Twinkling H2Os that have been in my stash for many years.  I never thought of them as watercolors, but they really are meant for that.  I used to use them the color images.  On this card, I used them to create the background.  It has a pleasant shimmer, which doesn't show in the scan.
The flowers are Hero Arts stamps, colored with Marvy Markers, then spritzed before stamping.  The sentiment is by Penny Black, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

PS: I decided to take a photo of the card to show the shimmer of the Twinkling H2Os.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Life moves on...

I'm having a quiet day at home and enjoying the summer sunshine.  This morning, I spotted a lovely spider web suspended from my patio cover.  He's a tiny little spider, but has built an impressive web.  It even looks like he a caught a few insects in his web.
The sun shining through his web shows the lovely iridescence.  He must have worked hours building that lovely netting.  I'm sure he'll have to repeat this process again tonight because they always get destroyed during the day.  I don't know why I called him 'he'.  It's probably a female who does all this work.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Patriotic thank you

Celebrating the 4th of July got me in the mood to make some patriotic cards for OWH.
This eagle is an old stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps that I stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.  The sentiment is a stamp from Inkadinkado.  The dies are from Spellbinders.  Stars are left over from a border punch.

Both the eagle and the sentiment are stickers from Pop-Ups.  Dies are from Spellbinders and the papers and ribbon are from my stash.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

In honor of Independence Day in the USA, I watercolored the American flag.  I turned it into a Thank You card for OWH for the July ODBD challenge.
My stamp had tiny stars on it, but my watercoloring obliterated them, so I added some punched stars.  The flag pole also turned out terrible, so I used a piece of cardstock to replace it.

Playing with watercolor, again

I managed to get to the big city and bought some new watercolor brushes this week.
My next step was to attempt to create a card, using the new brushes.  I used Arches Watercolour Paper and Peerless watercolor papers for this project.  I taped the paper to hardboard to keep it flat, then proceded to play with my new toys.

The sentiment is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white powder.  I also outlined the barn and tree with a brown Sharpie to show the details.  The barn and tree stamps are from Art Impression and the sentiment stamp is from an OWH set from Simon Says Stamp.  The finished image was cut out with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die and mounted to white card base with Tombow Xtreme tape runner.