Sunday, May 08, 2011

Another Watercolor Oak Tree

Happy Mother's Day!!

It's been a great day.  Started off by having my morning coffee out on the deck (as I do pretty much every morning!).  Then Gord and Jer made me a delicious breakfast.  I did a few little chores and then headed into the art studio.

My first card ended up in the garbage ... it doesn't happen very often, but sometimes there's just no saving them :(  I thought maybe I wasn't in the mood to create, but I didn't have anything to do for the next few hours, so I stayed in the art studio and am happy with the second card I made.  Easy, peasy as Jamie Oliver would say!  I'm thinking of setting up a Watercolor Spritz card class with my friends.  It's such a simple technique, but the results are so beautiful.  The main image of the card only took me about 10 minutes to create ... it took longer to figure out what to mount it on.

Evan, Nikki and my grand-doggie Penny are on their way over, so I'm quickly adding this to my website and then will have the afternoon to hang with my kids.  My mom's coming for dinner too and Moe (SIL) is coming over to join us for dessert later tonight.  Looking forward to a fun afternoon / evening with family! 
Hope you like.

"Another Watercolor Oak Tree"
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree (SU!)
Paper:  Old Olive (SU!); Arches 140lb. cold press "Natural White" watercolor paper
Ink:  Old Olive, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue; Stampin' Write markers:  Early Espresso, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Accessories & Tools:  Mister, sponges, Aqua Painter or paint brush and water, Sizzix Square Lattice embossing folder, Nestabilities Oval die-cut (Spellbinders), Big Shot or similar machine, 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (approx. 12"), sticky strips

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I inked the oak tree stamp with Early Espresso, Old Olive and Always Artichoke.  I misted the stamp three times before stamping it on the small piece of watercolor paper.  I used the Aqua Painter to add a little water to the tree trunk to fill it in a bit.  I then cut out the image with the Nestabilities Oval die-cut.  I sponged Old Olive ink at the bottom, Barely Banana in the middle and Bashful Blue at the top.  I sponged Old Olive all around the outside edges of all the watercolor paper pieces and around the outside edges of the card base.

I ran the small piece of Old Olive cardstock through my Big Shot with the embossing folder and then cropped it to 4 1/2" x 3 1/4".  I sponged Old Olive ink on top to highlight the embossing.  I mounted the embossed cardstock onto the large piece of watercolor paper using sticky strips.  I glued the ribbon around the middle and tied a knot at one side.  I mounted the oval onto the embossed cardstock and then mounted the whole thing onto the card base.

I mounted the remaining piece of watercolor paper to the inside of the card.

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