Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Gift from a Dear Friend


Hi everyone.  Today I was working on organizing my studio.  I bought a couple of containers from Ikea and thought I'd spend the day getting things more organized.

Then late this afternoon the mail came ... there was a package for me - yay! :)  My dear friend Nancy sent me an old SU! stamp set that I have been wanting for years.  It retired just as I started getting into stamping and I couldn't get it anywhere.  I was so excited when I open the package and there it was.  So, of course, I had to ink it up! :)  Thanks so much Nancy! :)

I watercoloured the background by just pressing some distress ink onto my craft mat and spritzing with water, and then pouncing my watercolour paper into the diluted ink.  By pouncing, I end up with lots of drops and splotches that gives the background some visual texture.  Once dry, I inked up the tree, spritzed the stamp with a little water and stamped onto the watercolour paper.  Then I did the same for the foliage of the tree, using different autumn colours of distress inks.  So fun! :)

Watercolouring is my favourite technique right now ... I just can't get enough of it.  :)

Since this is a CAS Watercoloured card, I'm going to add it to the growing gallery at Happy Little Stampers January CAS Challenge. :)


And by coincidence, it also follows Happy Little Stampers January Sketch Challenge - bonus!! :)










Stamps:  Branch Out (SU!); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, heat tool, water brush


23 comments:

Susan said...

Beautiful autumn card in lovely colours! What a great surprise gift!

nancy littrell said...

OMG Loll, can't believe you made and posted such a gorgeous Watercolored card already with this wonderful stamp set. I just knew that as soon as I saw the new "Sheltering Tree" stamp set in the new SU Occasions Catty I could finally part with this set that I have used so many times. Especially knowing how much you have wanted it. I get my new "Sheltering Tree" set on friday. Hope I can get a card made soon too :-) Thank you Loll for all your generosity and being such a very Dear Friend!

Vicki Dutcher said...

I can see why you wanted this - makes for a fabulous water colored picture! :)

sandie said...

What a fabulous pressie and this card looks like a painting!! You are really rocking the watercolours x

Jacquie said...

Beautiful card Loll, love the coloured background and the stamped tree fits it perfectly.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

Julie B said...

What a good friend Nancy is to send you that wonderful pressie. You made a fab card with it.
SU have a habit of retiring things just as you think of getting them. I'm on the lookout for the basket weave ef they retired last year! :)

Mau xx said...

What a lovely surprise for you Loll, I love surprises! They really brighten our days.
Great card, you really have got the watercolouring off to a fine art :)
Hugs Mau xx

Kylie said...

Somebody stop you!!! You are on fire, girl. LOVE this card - the colours.... just everything. What a great pressie from Nancy. So generous!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

As always, another stunner Loll, I am always inspired by your creations! Hazel x

Bonnie said...

This is one of the all time best SU sets. I didn't buy it either, but my daughter did and she's letting me keep it here. Wish I could get the ink and water on a stamp to look like this! Gorgeous card, Loll!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Hi Loll! Don't you just love it when the mailman brings packages!! What a wonderful friend to send you this stamp set and you made great use of it...this is stunning! Love the watercolour leaves and that fiery background! Gorgeous! hugs and smiles to you :)

Lee-Anne said...

I never did buy that set...how lucky are you? Love what you did with it, Loll! Love all the splotchy leaves :)

Brenda said...

Oh my Loll, I am so loving this card!! That tree is amazing and apparently I didn't buy this one either. lol I didn't used to buy image stamps, just sentiments but I am starting to get into the images more so now. I just really love this tree, to bad it isn't still around. I think they should take it out of retirement! lol I'm glad your friend surprised you with it! Hugs, Brenda

Deepti said...

This looks like a canvas painting :) such a beauty !

Anita in France said...

Such a gorgeous watercolour, Loll ... looks as though it should be framed! What a sweet friend to send you this lovely stamp! Anita :)

Anonymous said...

A great stamp set and a beautiful card Loll.

Bobby said...

You love watercoloring and I love to see your watercoloring. This card is gorgeous, Loll. Bless your friend for sending you the stamp.

Maura R said...

Isn't it so fun when a package arrives with crafty goodness?!! Love the card, Loll.

Barb Ghig said...

Such a beautiful card, Loll! I love how you played with your water colors to create your scene and your choice of colors is perfect! How sweet of your friend to send this stamp to you!

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card Loll you've made from your stamp set gorgeous water colouring background

Anne

maria f. said...

Luverly. I can see why you like that set.

Marian Garcia, Studio M said...

Hi Loll, your card is beautiful. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I kind of lost my mojo when my mom passed away but I am slowly getting back into my cards & memory keeping. Can't wait until what we can do with Addicted to CAS. Happy New Year!

cm said...

Gorgeous! How fabulous that Nancy found and sent this set to you, because WOW! It absolutely shines on this card! Your water-colouring...in awe!
Hugs~c