I was so surprised yesterday when a package of Lawn Fawn goodies from their new release arrived in the mail. It was sent anonymously with a simple note saying the sender knew I loved Lawn Fawn products and hoped this package would help cheer me up as I continue to recover from my recent pulmonary embolism. So, to whomever sent me all these amazing products, THANK YOU!!! Since I’m so grateful to the person who sent me this RAK (random act of kindness), it only seemed appropriate to start with a thank you card.
I started by stamping the basket of apples on a piece of watercolor paper using Intense Black Ink from Simon Says Stamp. I used my Mini Misti so I could stamp the image multiple times to ensure I had a nice sharp image despite the texture of the watercolor paper.
I colored the image using my 36-piece set of Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell. Once I had the color laid down, I used a couple of different size water brushes to spread the color. I was so much more comfortable making this card than I would have in the past thank to techniques I learned in a watercolor class I took at Stamp Fever last month taught by Sandy Allnock.
Once the watercolor was dry, I stamped the basket image again to bring back the nice crisp black lines. This was accomplished easily since I used the Mini Misti when I initially stamped the image. I just left the stamp in place in my Misti, so it would perfectly line up to restamp the image once the color was done. I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Black Onyx ink then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This gave some nice shine and a bit of dimension to the sentiment.
I trimmed down the watercolor panel to 3.75 x 5″ and matted it with a black panel cut to 3-7/8 x 5-1/8″. I adhered it using foam tape to an A2 top-folding card base made from Wild Wasabi cardstock from Stampin’ Up!® To finish the card, I went over all the apples with a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen then added a few highlights using a white gel pen.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- TGIF Challenges – the current theme is CASE Your Faves. I’m CASE-ing Chloe’s card from challenge #69 (Back to School). The elements from her card I included on mine were making a thank you card, the apple theme, the pop of black, and the heat embossed sentiment.
- Can You CASE It – the current theme is Back to School. This card would make a great teacher thank you for back to school.
Until next time …