My friend Susan, who lives in New York, has a lakeside cabin. She always shares amazing pictures of the waterfront view they have, especially at sunset! They really are amazing photos, and I’m happy for her & her husband that they have such a beautiful second home. On the day I created this card, it was dreary and raining, so I decided that I would enjoy a waterfront view of my own making. No, not of the puddles on the sundeck!
I used one of my favourite stamps from Stampin’ Up!, called, appropriately, Waterfront. I had the idea in my head of a river meandering through hills, ending in a lake. I hope I was able to convey that idea onto paper.
Last week, my other friend, also named Susan, and I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery. It was a great visit; we went specifically for the ‘Monet to Matisse’ exhibit, but also went through all the exhibits on display. Of course, I came home with my head filled with everything from French Moderns, to the Group of Seven, to wildly fun interactive art! So please forgive me if today’s card doesn’t seem to be any one ‘style’.
I started with a panel of watercolour paper, and set it up in my MISTI. I did this because I wanted to use water with my stamps, and I thought I may have to stamp more than once, to get a good impression on the watercolour paper.
Start with adding SU! Crumb Cake ink to the mountain image. Either add water to the inked stamp, or what I did was press the image onto the paper, and then gently move the ink with a wet paintbrush. I repeated this for the 3 mountain images, as well as the green areas in front. I was able to get more movement from the green ink; I used SU! Old Olive ink. For the trees, add ink to the images with the Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake markers, and then spritz water directly onto the stamp. Next, press the stamp onto the paper. I was happy with how the images came out, so I didn’t add any more water.
For the water images, I repeated the ink and spritz process, as well as moving the ink with a wet paintbrush. To add some light blue sky, I pressed the Tumbled Glass Distress ink pad onto a clear block, and picked up the ink with a wet paintbrush. By brushing it onto wet paper, I was able to keep the colour very light. Finally, I stamped the sun image in Daffodil Yellow ink onto the wet paper.
PUT TOGETHER THE CARD
While the watercolour panel is drying, stamp the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a strip of watercolour paper. Create a dark blue card base, and attach a black cardstock panel, 1/4″ larger than your watercolour panel, to the center with foam tape.
Attach your sentiment strip to the bottom of the watercolour panel with foam tape, and then attach the panel to the card, with more foam tape.
I MAY NOT BE A MONET….
…but I did have fun creating this ‘watercolour’ image! #wannabeartist It’s a fun way to create a panel, if you don’t feel confident enough in your own sketching/drawing ability, like me! I hope I’ve encouraged you to try it out, or even a different technique. After all, we’re doing this because we enjoy it, right?! Plus, you can always enjoy a waterfront view if you have stamps, ink, paper and a paintbrush!
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