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Father’s Day Card – water color, texture & gold

There is a lot going on with this Father’s Day water color card I made last night but I really love how it turned out.  The beautiful swan stamp is from UnityStamp company as well as the sentiment from a really great stamp set called Grow in Grace.  The sentiments are awesome in this set!

I started out by stamping the image onto Strathmore 140 lb. water color paper and brought it to life with my Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors. I enhanced the details a bit with a copic fine tip marker and I feathered in some additional white highlights on the swan with my prisma color white pencil.  I really love the texture in the background with the embossed craft paper and I think adding a gold embossed gilded edge gave it a really nice touch.

Painting the image was the easy part…I often struggle with how to put the card together once the focal piece is complete.  I did not have any thoughts about what the finished card would look like when I started this project…so it was trial and error. I decided that the standard A2 size (4.25 x 5.5 inch) card was not big enough.  It was just too cramped and I didn’t want to cover up much of the focal point so I decided to go with a slightly larger card base.  This one is 4.5 x 6.5″.  This meant making a custom sized envelope which I actually love doing and using an envelope punch board makes it super easy.  I stamped the same swan image on the front of the envelope in a light brown ink which ties it together nicely with the card.

Making larger envelopes means having some 12 x 12″ card stock on hand because the standard 8.5 x 11 is too small.  I LOVE making custom envelopes.  Rather than using plain/solid colored card stock, try using some of your patterned papers that have subtle images.  You’ll love the results!

Giveaway Winner!

Hello everyone.  As promised, today I’ve drawn the winning name for the free set of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.


Carol – congratulations…I will get these mailed out to you.  Please email me or PM me your address.  I hope you enjoy them!

Milene…thank you for playing!  PM me your address – I’d love to send you a card.

Back to my studio…I’ve got some cards in the works that I will be sharing with you soon.  Stay tuned!


Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker Give Away!

Hello folks and Happy Tuesday!

You may have read from my earlier post that I am the proud new owner of the 80-piece set of Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  I was a little uncertain about them so I thought I would try them out first before making the investment in the full set.  Turns out that I absolutely love them and so a couple days later my full set of 80 markers had arrived.  That means I have an extra

Have a sweet day!

This weekend I played around with a new stamp called Citrus Trimmings from Studio Katia that I just L.O.V.E !  This style of stamp is not typical for me – I tend to lean more toward florals but for some reason I just knew I had to have this one.

The Masters is here…(And so are my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens!)

Do we have any golfers or golf fans out there?  I am so excited for this year’s Masters Tournament.  With the return of Tiger to the playing field and my all time favorite golfer Phil Mickelson doing quite well this year, the tournament is projected to be a nail biter for sure.  That is…if you love golf the way I do.  I love golf as much as I love making cards…and that says A LOT!  I have three T.V’s turned on in our house right now – all of them on the golf channel…so I don’t miss a beat.