Happy Fri-yay, crafty friends! I am so happy that you have landed here on this next stop in the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop for February 2020. As always it has been a crazy busy week around here with the kids’ activities and the man of the house’s birthday, but I did manage to squeeze in a couple of hours of crafting time late one night. With a delightful gin & tonic and a good podcast for company. Which, I have to tell you, was just bliss!!
This month we have had this fun sketch challenge to amuse ourselves with, which was a perfect starting point for me since I have had limited time and even more limited crafting mojo lately. Sketches are a great way to get the creative juices flowing and get something made, and I can’t wait to see how everyone has interpreted this one.
Although what I had in mind with this sketch was a card with layers of DSP, I ended up making a card with only one tiny circle of it. I used the long cherry blossom stamp from Forever Blossoms and some water colouring to replicate the blue rectangular panel from the sketch.
When I sat down to make this I was in the mood for a little water colouring play, so I took a panel of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and taped it down to a board. I then wet the entire panel with some clean water and a wide brush. Then, using an Aqua Painter and some Petal Pink and Rococo Rose ink, I dropped some colour down one side in a reasonably random fashion. This is such fun to do because of course every time you do it you get a different look, and you can use as many colours as you like, mixing them or keeping them quite separate.
Once I had the level of colour saturation I was happy with I helped the drying along with my heat tool. I then used the Stamparatus to stamp the cherry blossom coming down from the top in Memento Black ink. The Stamparatus is essential for stamping on watercolour paper as the rough texture makes it difficult to get a good impression with just one stamping.
To finish off the card I mounted the panel on a slightly larger layer of black card then attached that to a Thick Whisper White base card with foam tape to give it some lift. I used a stitched circle to cut a circle of vellum and then a 2″ punch to cut this piece of DSP from the Best Dressed collection. Yep, after all that, this was the only DSP that made it onto my card!!
To make up for that I then whipped up two cards that use DSP as the feature panel. These cards are for a baby girl and a baby boy that I am sending one of my favourite kid’s book to, I Love You To The Moon And Back by Amelia Hepworth. This is a classic story and I know so many parents and kids who just use the phrase “to the moon and back” to express their love.
These cards use one of my favourite retired papers from last year’s annual catalogue, Twinkle Twinkle. These papers are so beautiful that just a simple 2″ strip of the paper looks stunning against a white base.
The moon from Mountain Air is stamped in Smoky Slate and Grey Granite ink and mounted onto a vellum circle. The sentiment I made up in photoshop, printed onto photo paper and trimmed out. Never forget that with some basic skills you can make any custom sentiment you like to attach to a card. If you are a subscriber to my blog and a lover of this book as well and would like a copy of the file I made for these cards then please drop me a message below.
So, in the end, one sketch produced three different cards. I can’t wait to see how everyone else uses it this month.
Hop on over to Narelle next to see how she has interpreted this fun sketch.
Thanks for stopping by,