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!
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.
I recently discovered stamps designed by Catherine Scanlon (produced by Art Gone Wild) and I was SO hooked! I purchased several of her stamps but this one called 15 Orbs was the first one I saw and it caught my eye immediately. It was screaming water color me, so I inked it up on some 140 lb watercolor cardstock and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. One of the things I loved about this stamp is the center orb was left blank. I pondered for a few days on what to put inside that empty orb, and even asked for help from my IG peeps. Someone suggested the word bloom and it was perfect! I absolutely love how this turned out and instead of making it into a card, I framed it. It’s sitting on the buffet in my front room at the moment but this baby is making its way to my Arizona house on our next visit.
I love February…for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s the month I celebrate my birthday and for the most part I really enjoy my birthday. Second of all it’s a reminder that March is right around the corner and that means GOLF season is almost here. (YAY!) Thirdly…I get to make a lot of birthday and Valentine’s Day cards. I start making holiday cards around October and make nothing but Thanksgiving Cards and Christmas cards for what seems to be weeks on end. Don’t get me wrong, I love making Christmas cards, but let me tell ya, by the time January rolls around I am READY to put away my snowflakes, holly berries and Santa stamps.
I took a moment today to step away from all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas greetings and sentiments for my cards and decided to do a simple “hello” note card to brighten someone’s day. Out here in Seattle the winter skies are so thick and gray that it seems the sun is never coming back out again – and on this particular day, I let my mind fast forward into spring and all it’s color. So even though this stamp set was designed to be used for a Christmas greeting I stepped outside the box for just a moment and ended up with this bright cheery greeting.