Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My First Watercolour Card - Less Is More Week #278 (Sketch Challenge)


I want to send out a special "thank you" to Debby Hughes, of Lime Doodle Designs, who recently shared some advice regarding watercolouring and gave me the courage to finally take the plunge!

There are so many amazing "artists" out there in blog land - including Debby - who make it look so easy and effortless. Seeing their beautiful work only makes me look at my own attempts critically. I can't tell you how many "fails" ended up in my paper recycling bin!

So, even though I'm a bit late to the (watercolour) party, I'll definitely be taking Debby's advice to practise, practise, practise!

When I saw the sketch challenge over at Less is More, I knew I wanted to create a watercolour card, and I had one specific stamp image come to mind immediately.

Here's the lovely sketch:

And here's my very first watercolour card (that didn't end up in the trash LOL):

The image was heat embossed in black on Strathmore Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, then coloured with my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours. Once dried, I then diecut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, added my sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink, then mounted it on coordinating solid coloured cardstock.

I'm looking forward to playing around with my watercolour mediums and developing more of a comfort zone with them. This card definitely isn't a game changer, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

Appreciate you stopping by to take a look!

Stamps: Penny Black Delightful; Simon Says Stamps Scripty Greetings

Card making "funk" - And Sharing Some Garden Pics

Well, it's happened again ....

I've developed a temporary allergy to stamps, ink and glue! LOL

OK, well of course I'm exaggerating, but the truth is that with all this gorgeous weather finally here, I've been spending more time playing with dirt than I have with paper & ink.

I'm not lucky enough to live in an area where I get to plant to my heart's content year-round, or see beautiful blooms all the time. So Spring is always a busy time for me to re-arrange plants, buy new ones, and plant annuals to add instant colour to my landscape. I also tackle "mini" landscape jobs to add more "space" for me to plant more flowers - currently, I'm laying a small flagstone walkway from our back iron gate, curving around to the basement entrance.

So this means that making cards has taken a back seat - for now! And that means that this little ole blog gets neglected - again!

So I thought I'd share some pics of my recent "visitors" to my garden ... those flowers currently in bloom that are hoarding all my free time on weekends and when I get home from work.

My roses, irises and Veronicas are not yet blooming - while my rhododendrons & azaleas are almost done!

My only wish is that your screen could have a "scratch & sniff" option for my yellow tree peony - the scent is A-MAZING!!!

Is there anything prettier than a beautiful flower in full bloom?


Thanks for your visit today!