(Note: this was originally posted on my other blog. I am moving 2014 posts over here.)
Hello Stamping Friends!
Today I am posting a card for a SCS Color challenge from April: Baja breeze, sahara sand, and so saffron. I skipped this way back when because it didn't really "speak" to me. But in my quest to do all of the 2014 SCS Color Challenges, I am finally doing it. I am also submitting this for The Friday Mashup this week (just in time!) We were challenged to use the watercolor wash technique and/or make a Clean and Simple card. I did both.
Since I prefer rich, saturated colors, this combo was tough for me. Give me one light color in combo with darker colors, and I am good to go. But this is a very muted palette.
NEW gorgeous stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs. Well, it's new to me. I had never looked at their website before, because I was only familiar with the cutesy images I often see used. Just not my style. But during the recent Virtual Stamp Night, I saw a Christmas card made with an image that grabbed my attention. I decided to look it up, bought it...plus two other gorgeous Christmas stamps! This Madonna & Child is one of them.
I am not very good at detailed watercoloring, but this watercolor wash technique is so easy! I think it really allows the artwork of the image to come through. After stamping the image in Stazon jet black, I spritzed a piece of very vanilla card stock with water and brushed on color using an aqua brush and re-inkers. I used more saffron near the heads, to represent halos. I kept more of the sand color on the skin, and the blue was used more around Mary's robe and head piece. I never would have thought of these colors for Christmas, but with this image, I think it works!
My sentiment is from SU's "Greetings of the Season" punched with a scallop circle and sponged generously. Baja breeze seam binding and some pearls finish it off.
I made this in a hurry, so I can post here. But I need to take a bit more time...like let the wet paper dry before I trim it! I definitely plan to make at least 11 more (I try to do 12 cards of each design for Christmas.) With this technique, every card will be truly unique. I plan to stamp more this weekend, so I can also submit this to the SCS Christmas Card Challenge...WooHoo!
Thanks for stopping by again!