I was asked by Kittie, to be a Guest Designer here on SCS today, for our chosen Featured Stamper- Susan Roberts. (FS673)
And here is what I chose from Susan's gallery: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/g...0&ppuser=61883
I should add, there were MANY cards that I would have loved to case! LOL Susan has a BEAUTIFUL GALLERY!
I LOVE that Hydrangea image on the card I chose, the blue, the bold black lines- some hand drawn, & her designer paper with butterflies!
So, I went to work with a Hydrangea image I have.....
I water colored the large hydrangea- The Colorado Craft Company-Get Well Hydrangea- BB242. This is a HUGE image & I had to stamp it in my Memory Misti, as I used a large piece of Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper- 7 1/2" x 8", & later cut down. ( This is the image IN FULL!) I RARELY make large cards, but the image just lends itself to a large card, AND I've always been told, doing large pieces of art you can show off your talents better! On top of that, it makes for a card that has a bold statement!
I used Mission Gold Water Colors for my first layer of color, & later went in with Zig Clean Color Brushes for deeper more intense colors where needed. (This image makes shading so easy with the hatching & cross hatching on the image.) As I water colored--- having taped my paper down with Blue Painters Tape, I saw I had splattered the blue paint a bit, a HAPPY ACCIDENT! So, I ended up splattering it more with blue & gold-Daniel Smith- Iridescent Gold. I am totally tickled how the flower came out!
I was taught to add LOTS OF COLOR! It does lend for a beautiful image that is eye catching!I also LOOOVE the layers you get when you water color on top of already dried water coloring which is called, "glazing." The dramatic rich color makes my eye/ & your eye, to focus on the gorgeous flower, & not get lost on the other things on my card, which is what I want.... & the reason I kept most of my card lighter in color.
Susan did little gold dots on the centers of her flowers, where I only added gold paint.
After Water coloring my image, I went over the black lines of the image to make sure they weren't lost with a Fine Sharpie, & added the inner square black line with a Faber Castell- Pitt Artist Pen- 1,5 size. I hand drew that line like Susan did, using a ruler & pencil. I did make my line a little different from Susan's though, I did the bottom line 3/4" up from the bottom edge of the water color paper; the other lines are 1/2" from the edges. The reason I did this? When you are matting a piece of art which is what these lines remind me of, the lower portion of the matte is to be deeper, to draw your eye into your framed piece of art. It's a subtle coax/ guide.
I chose to keep the little banner, but mine has the little fish tales on the inside of the card, rather than on the outer edge, & a rhinestone, rather than a button. I tend to use embellishments that can go through the mail easily. (I'm shocked I didn't use sequins, an all time favorite of mine!) I also foiled my sentiment rather than stamping, keeping Susan's birthday theme---SB- Glimmer Kit of the Month-Feb. 2019 for the plate, & SB- Glimmer Kit of the Month- Nov. 2019 for the banner die.
For my Designer Paper, I chose to use something more subtle, I thought the scripty lines of font were beautiful with this flower- Recollections Stack- Everyday Moments.
And I couldn't loose those butterflies on Susan's card! I used I.O.- Butterfly Set- DIE046-A & die cut little butterflies out of Grafix Parchment Paper- they're layered in two colors- blue for the bottom layer & white for on top. I also added some rhinestones for the body of the butterflies & a little bit for the trails..... just to get that swirl motion of black crystals on Susan's card.
I had so much fun doing this, THANK YOU KITTIE for asking me!
I am HONORED to Guest Design today!
My card turned out quite big: 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" (PERFECT for a SPECIAL Birthday!)
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Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019 GMT Views: 518
Accessories: Memory Misti & Corners, Mission Gold WC, Zig Clean olor, Daniel Smith- Irredescent Gold, Sharpie, Glimmer Machine & Foil, I.O.DIE046-A Butterfly Set, Parchment, Glue Dots, Paper Studio-Rhinestones, Please see my blog for a full list of supplies! THANKS!