Phew! What a week! It has snowed like crazy all week and I'm not sure it's done yet, but the temperature is coming up, so I suppose that means rain and with all the snow on the ground, that's going to mean a BIG MESS! But we have to go through all that to get to Spring, right? So it's hopeful! Hopeful that spring is just around the corner and soon the days will be longer and sunnier and warmer and we'll be able to put away the boots and sweaters and parkas and bask in the sun!
Hope springs eternal in the human heart or something like that! I was reminded of that when I was making my card for our next challenge at As You See It Challenges. Amanda gave us a beautiful colour challenge to work with this time:
Isn't that gorgeous? Obviously, the inspiration photo was implanted in my mind because my design team sample looked quite like it:
- I've been dying to use the High Tide stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue so this seemed like the perfect situation! I used some Shimmery White cardstock and made a watercolour background using my ink pads direct to a clear block E and misted it with water and stamped that on my cardstock. I needed it to be a little wetter, so I misted the cardstock again, which made it wet enough to let me manipulate the ink with a paint brush. I was able to create some cloud shapes and a horizon that way.
- Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the two step lighthouse image. I wanted the shadowed side of the lighthouse on the darker side of the background, which meant that the stamp creating the ground didn't give me much ground on the left side of the lighthouse. To compensate for that I did some mirror-image stamping. I stamped the image of the ground on a cellophane bag I had handy and immediately used that image to stamped the opposite image on the card front.
- The water stamp was inked up in both Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugar Plum, sometimes together and a couple of times separately to get the waves stamped properly.
- The sentiment is also from this High Tide set.
I hope you'll pop on over to As You See It Challenges and play along with us with these gorgeous colours! Have a wonderful weekend! See you again on Monday!
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