A momentary departure from my use-up-already-cut-into-designer-paper personal challenge so I could make this card to send to my son. Squirrels just like these -- brown with gray tails -- scatter the leaves outside his patio door. No fresh sheets of designer paper were harmed in the making of this card.
The background is wet paper watercoloring (see the tutorial in Resources--techniques). I did it on watercolor paper, then watercolored around the leaves, too, and overstamped the whole background with Creamy Caramel Canvas. I made an extra leaf the same way, but without the Canvas, and cut it out and mounted it on dimensional tape. The Chocolate Chip card base was wheeled in Craft Vanilla with the Dry Brush wheel. I also finally made a photo corner per AmyR's explicit instructions (see Resources--projects).
This Forest Friends set was a birthday gift from my good friend, Linda (labullard). I mentioned to her that I regretted not getting this set from one of last year's minis. It was truly beyond the call of friendship that she sent me her own meticulously trimmed and mounted set. Thank you so much, Linda! It will be well loved!
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2006 GMT Views: 1392
Registered: April 20, 2006 Location: Michigan's Upper Peninsula Posts: 34738
Mon, Nov 06, 2006 @ 3:25 AM
AMAZING!!!! There is so much going on here -- 1st, I LOVE that barnwood looking b/g -- and I have that wheel and haven't used it yet (YES!)!!! Your leaf layer is gorgeous -- soooo pretty, especially with your cut-out, popped up leaf -- WOW!!! And your w/c'd main image is PEFFECT!!! And love that photo corner!! A fantastic card for a guy - all the elements of this cards go together sooo well!!!
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Registered: July 11, 2004 Location: Troy, Michigan Posts: 10383
Mon, Nov 06, 2006 @ 6:21 AM
OMG, Leslie! This is the perfect guy card. And what a fantastic coloring job on the squirrels - including that dreamy watercolor wash background behind them. Now, for that leaves wet paper watercoloring! WOW! So beautifully done with that Spectrum pad, and the Canvas overstamping adds such nice texture. I love the dimensional leaf, the raffia touches, and those pewter brads work so well here on that photo corner. This card is a wonderful promotional piece for SCS's Resources! Well, I knew you would do this set justice, and this is such a fabulous start! Who needs flowers, right? :o) Your son is going to love this. TFS. Linda
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Registered: October 29, 2004 Location: Coos Bay, Oregon Posts: 23383
Mon, Nov 06, 2006 @ 10:29 AM
OMG Leslie, what gorgeous watercoloring. I will definately have to try. I love your corner accent too......another must try techniques. As always, you are inspiring us all. Your squirrels are so cute. I love your dimensional leaf, raffia and dry brush BG.....gosh, another wheel I must have. TFS
Registered: November 7, 2005 Location: Issaquah, WA Posts: 16212
Thu, Nov 23, 2006 @ 12:19 AM
Oh I have never seen that wet paper watercoloring but WOWZERS!! It is fantastic. I love these colors... the main leaf is just gorgeous. And those darling squirrels.. so cute and they are colored and shaded just perfectly. Love this card.
Registered: August 13, 2004 Location: Posts: 1151
Thu, Nov 23, 2006 @ 5:19 AM
this card is so precious. What a wonderful combination of different techniques put together so beautifully on this card. It's lovely and thank you so much for your wonderful, inspiring cards. Happy Thanksgiving!