I've been really busy with VBS preparations, but I just had to take some time today for a little ink therapy. I am combining a bunch of challenges to make up for lost time. I'm using this week's pretty color combo and to meet today's challenge to use sand, I'm trying out the sanded pencil background technique. This is also a CASE of this beautiful card by Harriet for this week's CAS featured stamper challenge. I'm also entering this in this week's Less is More challenge to make a one layer card with the stamping off the edge.
I made this card 5x7 as I plan to frame it later. I began by cutting my card out of watercolor paper. I wet the whole front and laid a base wash of Pool Party with some spatter then added some Green to the right bottom corner. I dried this layer of color. I inked my poppy stamp with markers and spritzed with water before stamping a partial image at the bottom then repeated and stamped up higher. I kept the paper really wet and laid more color over the stamped poppies. I sanded the color pencil over this-I love the fine darker spots of color you get with this technique. I used watercolor crayons and markers to add definition back into the poppies which were very vague! I stamped my sentiment in Turquoise. I dried all this then went back again with the markers to add more definition to the poppies. It was all just a little to flat in the bg so I sponged Pool Party through dry wall mesh and markered over my sentiment with Turquoise. I really want to do another in the more vibrant color family that Harriet's original card had, but I had fun with the combo of watercolor techniques with the sanding!
Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 GMT Views: 1392
Registered: June 29, 2004 Location: Sugar Land. Texas Posts: 54474
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 9:09 AM
Glad you were able to sneak in a few moments of inky therapy. Our VBS is next week. I haven't helped in years and wow, all the work that goes into that. Bless you for volunteering your time for God's little ones! Pretty amazing you rolled all these challenges into one amazing card.
Registered: May 18, 2004 Location: Southwest Michigan Posts: 21759
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 10:41 AM
Great combination of challenges, Gail. I have to check out that tutorial you reference as I've not heard of that technique. I love poppies, so of course, this card just jumped right out at me today : )
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Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 12:49 PM
Soft and pretty and sweet. That sanded pencil technique is fun, isn't it. Very clever to use it for the challenge today. I had blue poppies in the garden for a few years in our last house, and then they just disappeared from one year to the next.