Watercolor Fun!

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It is Friday – yippee!! Again in Friday Fashion, I wanted a friendship card. I wanted to make a card for my girlfriend in England (shhh, don’t tell her!). We Skype regularly (and lengthily I might add – God bless Skype!!) but we don’t get to see each other often. I also thought I’d play with water-color……

Lets start with the water-color image: this little puppy is just so darn cute isn’t he? He was from Playful Pets by Adam Pescott – it was a “freebie” with Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine.  I’ve had them for quite a while but had not used them. I thought they were a bit too detailed for my liking – I usually tend to lean toward really clean simple lines but I decided to test one since it was such a cute image. I was really surprised at how much I liked it after I stamped it. Lesson for the day: always test new stamps – you might find something you really like!!!  Throw all of the tests in a box and when you need a quick card, you’ve got a head start!!

I stamped my new little friend on water-color paper with black Stazon Ink. I messily colored him with water-color pencils and “lightly” brushed the image with a water-color brush after applying each color to blend it. I’m not an artist, so water-color is a real “hit and miss” with me. I’m just learning how to shade colors so they are not just a blob! I really want to try Copic markers but to be honest, they scare me! I see people work with them and they blend and shade and make it look so effortless and I just know it will not be that simple – but I digress! Back to my little watercolor puppy!

I chose a pretty pink for my card base – cut and folded to 4.25 x5.5 horizontal. The patterned papers are from the All About Girls paper pack from DCWV. Fun mini pack – cute girly papers! I went with the green polka dot that is embossed and glittery (hard to see in the photo) for sort of preppy look with a kick!  I cut it 1/4″ smaller than the card base and round the bottom corners of the dotted paper and the card base so they would nest. I cut a strip from the colorful plaid paper – I turned the paper so it would be on the diagonal rather that a straight (squared) plaid  just for a bit of interest. I took a chance and stamped the sentiment “I miss you” from the Whimsy Greetings stamp set from TPC Studio directly on the patterned paper with ColorBox dark brown chalk ink. I held my breath while I did it. I’m always afraid I’m going to mess it up when I do that and then have to go into recovery mode!! 🙂

I adhered my watercolor puppy with foam dimensionals and added a little faux stitching with a white gel pen. It was really a pretty simple card.

Have a great Friday!

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