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.
Update to this post to show the finished card.
And this is the inside of the card.
I’m not much of a bird watcher but the cardinal has always been one of my favorites. So many fond memories as a kid sitting at the kitchen table with dad in the morning before school and watching the birds fly into the feeder just outside the window, getting their morning feast. We’d both have coffee (I started the caffeine addiction early!) and peanut butter toast with raspberry jam every morning before school. Sometimes we would sit and talk and talk and drink more coffee and before we knew it mom was hollering at us that I was going to miss my bus….and sometimes I did…on purpose. 🙂 Dad always dropped me off and gave me a wink…because I think he didn’t want to go to work as much as I didn’t want to go to school. We were a pair!
Ok…so I digress…back to the reason for the post which is for day three of Kathy’s coloring challenge. The stamp is from Power Poppy stamps – I think from last year’s holiday collection and definitely a favorite. Stamped on heavy watercolor card stock from Tim Holtz, heat embossed and colored in with Tombow watercolor pens. Have a bit more work to do on this but wanted to let the first coat dry before I went any further. More to come on this one.