I mentioned in a passing conversation over in the Simply Cardmaking group on Facebook that I’ve never actually used my Wetlands stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® Shortly thereafter, Ingrid challenged me to break it out and make a card with it, so I did. In fact, I made two! I decided to create two versions of the same card, each using a different technique.
For the first card, I decided to make a one layer card using a technique Ingrid recently posted on YouTube. I absolutely loved the look of the faux torn edge detail. I applied Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi inks for my background using sponges. I then stamped the goose and sentiment using Soft Suede ink. I blended the goose out a bit using a blender pen to give it a bit of color throughout the image and a softer look.
To mimic some grasses along the lower edge, I added a big more ink along the edge of the sponge and flicked it up into the layer of green I had already applied. I really like the look this created because it plays nicely with the grasses on the goose image.
For the second card, I decided to create a very similar card, but with layers and watercolor instead. I taped my watercolor paper down to a hardboard then masked off the wide stripe for my watercolor. I used a wash brush and added a generous amount of water to my paper, then dropped in the same Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi colors for my background using an Aqua Painter. Since I had the paper very wet already, the colors bloomed beautifully filling in the area completely. I then set it aside to let it air dry.
For this card, I trimmed the watercolor panel down to 3.75 x 5″. I decided to stamp the goose and sentiment using Early Expresso to give it a bit of a bolder look vs. the Soft Suede on the first card. I matted the panel on a piece of Marina Mist cardstock, then adhered it to an A2 top-folding card base. To finish the card, I added three Marina Mist candy dots in the lower right corner.
I’m entering these cards in the following challenges:
- One layer version in the One-Layer Simplicity challenge – the current theme is anything goes.
- One layer version in the SUO Challenge – the current theme is cute critters.
- Watercolor version in the Little Red Wagon challenge – the current theme is watercolor.
Until next time …