Welcome to the April Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is Monograms & Verse! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog. We have something new…a “Stamp of the Month”. Each month a different image will be 50% off. This month- it’s the Jar Label. Be sure to check out the 50% off select wood stamps, too. And as always, we have a have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.
Seems I’ve been returning to my roots and working with a lot of water colors lately. But they really are fun and pretty easy..especially if you’re just making backgrounds to use for die cuts.. I tried to use a different coloring medium, but this beautiful country scene just begged to be water colored.
Since it’s pretty detailed, I pulled out my long neglected water color pencils. They are a good way to add color just where you want it. In conjunction with a few water brushes, coloring a scene like this is fairly quick and painless. And if you get a bit too much color in places, just wet it and dab with a paper towel. Instantly lighter (did this on the trees and roof)! After I was finished I did go back & add just a touch more color here & there with my Tombow markers (water based).
It’s a big scene and I didn’t feel it needed any embellishment, so I used another piece of water color paper to die cut a frame. The bottom is a little wider to accommodate the greeting. I added a die cut C and T to add over the coordinating areas of the greeting. The greeting is pretty easy to read in person, but if you’re having trouble here, it says “One day in the country is worth a month in town”.
Here’s a look at the simple inside. I used the piece of w/c paper I cut out of the frame on front and stamped another country scene w/ the pumice ink, softened it a bit w/ a water brush & added the greeting & a die cut kraft layer.
|Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Summer Barn, One Day in the Country – Barn & Windmill, Thinking of You( on inside)
|Paper: water color, kraft (on inside)
|Ink: Versafine Onyx, Distress Ink pumice stone (on inside image)
|Accessories: Serendipity Sweet die (for the T) & Celebrate die (for the C), Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies, water color pencils (Koh-I-Noor), water brushes, Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangle dies, Tombow markers
This is another “Monogram/Verse” card I posted a few days ago. Just click the picture to take you to all the details.
Please be sure to visit all of the Design Team blogs to increase your chance to win!
- Vickie Zimmer
- Jeanne Jachna
- Jenny Gropp
- Julie Warner (you are here!)
- Karen Amidon
- Marybeth Lopez
- Miriam Napier