Arbor Scene – Birthday Challenge #2

Arbor Scene – Birthday Challenge #2

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You may recall that my birthday gift this year from my children was the gift of inspiration where they “assigned me” 12 card challenges based on some childhood memory or other significant connection we’ve shared.  Kelly came up with challenge #2.

While the COVID-19 pandemic had forced us to “stay at home” this past spring, taking walks outside was permitted, and we walked around our neighborhood (while keeping our distance from our neighbors) every day.  Kelly and I often admired and talked about all the beautiful flowers and trees that were starting to bloom or house and car colors that we saw and liked, etc.  Kelly’s challenge was inspired by these walks.  Her challenge was a two-parter; she challenged me to create an outdoor scene and to include a few of the colors that we saw on our walks around the neighborhood.

I decided to do water color stamping to create my scene.  (Can you tell I’m loving this new-to-me technique!?)

My color choices (purple, pink, green, white, blue, orange, and browns) can be seen in these photos we took while walking:

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I have to admit that I cheated a bit with the color part of the challenge in that I took photos of every color imaginable and then selected the photos that matched my finished project.  (So many pretty flowers!!)  However, as you will see below, just adding color at all was the challenge for me – lol!

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I did this (earlier) version with no flowers because I actually forgot to leave space for them as I was stamping the leaves and vines on the arbor!  I liked the way the greenery looked so I decided to do the whole card that way.  It didn’t work for the color part of the challenge though, so I came up with the additional sample at the top of this post.

I was excited when I found the Art Impression arbor stamp (retired?) to use for my scene since there was actually an arbor (with purple blooms) in our neighborhood.

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Besides the arbor stamp (and the vines and leaves that came with it), I used stamps from several other Art Impressions sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), WC Mini Flower Set (#5009), and a floral image from the Watering Can (#4761) set.

The sign stamp on the first card was from the “Day at the Beach” set by Kittie Kits/Rubbernecker (retired?).

I used water color paper, Spectrum Aqua markers (from various sets) along with Gina K Designs Sandy Beach and Stormy Sky ink as my paint , a no. 4 paint brush, and water.

This image proved to be more challenging to work with than I imagined!  I trashed quite a few of my early attempts while trying to figuring out how to add the foliage and blooms without it looking like an unruly mess; it’s easy to get carried away once you start stamping!  I discovered that less is definitely better with this image.  (The upper right portion is meant to be fuller as there is a big gap on the arbor design.)

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I also starting masking portions of the arbor while I added the vines, leaves, and flowers which really helped.

I’m still getting used to how much water to use with the ink, and getting the backgrounds to look like they did in my head was much harder than I expected as well!  I did enjoy the process though and will keep practicing!

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Watering Can with Greenery – Water Colored Note Card

Watering Can with Greenery – Water Colored Note Card

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Still playing with the Art Impressions water color stamp sets I recently purchased…

I used Spectrum Aqua markers and water along with the following stamp sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), and Watering Can (#4761).  (While I love the little scene building stamps in these sets, any stamps and water based markers will work for this technique.)

The water colored panel was mounted on Gina K Designs Dusty Sage card stock (retired?) and a Recollections Ivory base.  The finished card is 4 1/4″ square.

Here’s one more sample using a pot from the WC Containers (#4111) set.

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Flowers in Pitcher – Water Colored Note Card

Flowers in Pitcher – Water Colored Note Card

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In a recent post, I tried out a water color technique with stamps, markers, and water that I learned to do from this video (and several others in the AI Water Color series).  I was inspired to purchase some Art Impressions stamps from their water color line and had fun creating this card.

The Art Impressions stamps used for this card came from several sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), and WC Mini FLower Set (#5009).  (Each package has a water colored sample that may have been created with stamps from other sets; look carefully to see what is actually included in each set if interested in purchasing any of their stamps.)

I used water color paper, Spectrum Aqua markers (from various sets) as my paint, a no. 4 paint brush, and water.

The water colored panels were mounted on Gina K Designs Blue Denim card stock and a Recollections Ivory base.

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Water Colored Lighthouse Scene

Water Colored Lighthouse Scene

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I recently viewed this video (and several others in the AI Water Color series) where stamps, markers, and water are used to create amazing water colored scenes and images.

I placed an order for some Art Impressions “scene building” water color stamps to try it out, but while I was waiting for those stamps to arrive, I decided to practice with a single scene stamp that I already owned just to get the feel of moving ink with water, and this is the card I created.

I used the lighthouse stamp (#97173-X) by Inkadinkado with Spectrum Aqua markers and water to create my water colored scene.  The stamp and paper were on my MISTI stamp positioner so I could work on small sections of the stamp at a time.

Here is a sample of the image just stamped in Onyx Black versafine ink.  You can see how “sketchy” the image is.  (I’m not sure if that made it easier or harder to get a good, water colored look.)

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I am anxious to try this again with the scene building stamps when they arrive!

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Graduation Bridge Card

Graduation Bridge Card

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My Nephew is graduating from high school today – Congratulations, Tim!!  This is the card I made for him.

The “Celebrate Edger” die (CEDPC1069) from Creative Expressions was used for the bridge.

I wanted to create the illusion of a group of graduates in the background, and Taylored Expression’s “Graduation Border” die is great for that.   (Unfortunately, real groups of graduates are not possible at this time; like most, Tim’s graduation ceremony is virtual.  I think his school is trying for a modified “in person” ceremony of some sort later in the summer.)

The side panels were embossed with the “Graduation Hat Background” embossing folder by Darice.

The “Class of 2020” panel was a digital file from geographics.com that I sized and printed from my Silhouette software.  It was cut with an pierced rectangle die (unbranded).

The stamp on the back is the “Culmination Graduation Greeting” stamp from DRS Designs.

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The base for this bridge card was made with a 10 1/2 x 5 inch piece of heavyweight card stock that was scored at 1 3/4, 3 1/2, 7, and 8 3/4.  When folded flat, this card measures 5 x 7 inches and fits in an A7 size envelope.

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