Sunday, August 12, 2012

Country Lane

Love, love, love this set by Sheena Douglass.  It's called Milestones and Moments.   I was inspired by this great card that my stampin' sister and fellow Design Team member Trena had made for me when I retired in January.  It was a short-lived retirement; I'm at work with a new company, and I needed a card for a colleague who was moving to a new job and this image seemed perfect.

I stamped in Versamark ink on confetti cream paper, and used detail black embossing powder.  I chose the off-white color to match the lattice-edged card base.  (Yes, sometimes I do think ahead, LOL!)  I used my watercolor crayons because this scenic image was just asking for a soft, flowing touch. Top Tip: I like to emboss the image when I watercolor, because it creates little raised edges that keep the colors from bleeding too much. 

When I use the water color crayons, I color along the edges and draw the pigment inward with a wet brush.  This gives you gradation of color without over-thinking it.  When you do trees, be sure to mix the greens for a more realistic look.
I layered the image on to a black mat, and adhered this to the pre-cut card base.  I stamped the greeting in black and used a large oval punch and attached it with dimensionals.

For a finishing touch, I put tiny black rhinestones on the greeting and at the intersection of the lattice.
Hope it inspires you to try water coloring an image.
Marge Dady


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Nice card!

Kathy said...

Beautiful, love the border.

Trena in Naperville said...

Beautiful Marge! You are becoming quite the colorist! ;o)

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Auntie Em said...

Your watercolouring looks so nice on this pretty card. I really like the open work on the side. I have this stamp set and I love it too.

UnikeByYes said...

Beautiful Image, I recently started watercoloring but all honestly I am an empiric learnear, I am not good at following directions therefore taking a class is not for me, I like to "discover" things on my own, ofcourse it takes more time and effort, but still I am loving it! Thank you for the inspiration! Have a lovely day!

Cheryl said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Marge. I LOVE it.

{Chrissie} said...

This is so beautiful and I love the edge of the card.

KYCrafter said...

Marge - your coloring is EXCELLENT!! This is a beautiful card!!