It’s Watercolor Wednesday and what a tough challenge we got today. It seemed like it was going to be wicked easy. I thought I was going to have my card done in no time at all. I watched the five minute video and quickly got to work. I taped down my Fabriano Hot Press paper and painted my trees:
Oh dear. I think I got a little carried away with the jigger-jagger-jigger-jagger on the left tree. But that’s OK. It will look better once I dab on the leaves, right? I started with copy paper, but that blobbed, so I switched to parchment paper. It was better, but still not great.
I should just give up, right? Toss out these ridiculous trees and call it day. No way. I’m not going to let the trees win. I truly believe that you can fix anything with cute critters and puns. It’s not such a bad tree after all. It just a little love…and some trick or treaters.
I stamped these sweet Paperie Ink critters at a friend’s house and they were perfect for my scene. I fussy cut them at the bus stop this morning. Then I arranged them on the card and took a picture, so I could recreate it.
I thought that tree on the left was such a disaster, but it ended up being my favorite of the two cards. Here is the other finished product:
The moral of the story is never give up and neve throw anything away.
I’m playing along with the following challenges today:
It’s Teapot Tuesday! Today’s Tea Party is for mother and daughter, Dee and Carol in Wisconsin. Dee recently turned 99 and Carol is having serious health issues. We are sending them paper hugs at a time when they are not able to be together. Dee is a self taught artist and has had a tradition of painting her front picture window with a winter/Christmas theme every year since 1963. You HAVE to watch this video slideshow of all of her paintings throughout the years. It’s so fun to watch how her art evolves over the years and even more amazing when you think that she was well into her 90s by the time she was painting those last ones:
Our Teapot Tuesday challenge is to make black and white cards with a pop of color inspired by these fabulous holiday window displays. Watching the slideshow made me think of how my watercoloring has evolved over the last year with the Watercolor Wednesday challenge. So I was inspired to watercolor a black and white scene. You’ll recall from yesterday’s post that I have several Virtual Stamp Night cards left to make. Shelly’s challenge is to include a moon on our cards. So I went to Youtube looking for a tutorial of how to watercolor a moonlit scene. I used some masking fluid to mask the moon and stars and quickly watercolored the scene using Black Soot Distress Oxide ink and the Black Spectrum Aqua Marker.
Not a bad scene. Now for the pop of color. I stamped, cut, and colored some skating critters from Paperie Ink.
This arrangement looks good to me. So I die cut the background with my MFT Stitched Rectangle die, glued on the animals and trees with tape runner and foam squares. As usual, I finished my card with some Stickles for sparkle:
Since I always make two cards, I am all set for sending one to Dee and one to Carol. I hope they enjoy their cards and can see how Dee inspired them.
Do you know someone that could use some well wishes, encouragement or all around warm fuzzies? Consider nominating them as a guest of honor (a.k.a. destination station) for an upcoming tea party. Send your request to jacqueline via PM or e-mail [email protected]. Include SCS Teaparty Request in the subject line.