Friday, September 19, 2008

Bloggers watercolor challenge

I learned something at the Stampin' Up! convention a few years ago. My good friend Stephanie brought her adorable baby Zack and I got to hold him a lot. My arms got SO sore! I didn't realize that all those hours of holding my babies I was actually working out. Since my baby was 6 at the time, I didn't have those 'mommy muscles' anymore. Today, I realized that my paper cutting muscles are sorely out of shape. Holy cow! I was cutting all the paper for the DSP paper samplers I am making my downline and my arms are dead! I am only half done, but I had to take a break and ice my arms! LOL Not really, but...I do feel like I have two wet noodles attached to my shoulders instead of arms. Not that I am complaining, I LOVE doing stuff like this for my group. They are a fabulous group of women and whenEVER I can do anything for them, I want to! Besides, the new DSP papers are totally yummy!! I hope they don't mind drool marks all over their papers.....
Since it is Friday, it is time for another challenge. This week our challenge was 'watercolor.' I LOVE to watercolor! It makes me feel like an artist. I love seeing the colors blend and morph and come alive. Since my arms are noodles today, I decided not to do a real detailed watercolor project. Instead, I pulled out some watercolor paper and stamps the leaves from Fall Flair set and stamped them in Mustard, Ruby red, and Really Rust. Then I took my reall rust stamp pad and swiped the paper just a bit. I used my awesome little water spritzers to spray water all over the stamped paper and let the colors just blend as they wished. I let my watercolor paper dry and then mounted it onto some Mustard paper and then onto a Ruby red card base. The "happy thanksgiving" is stamped with Ruby red and attached with some mustard brads. I tore the edge of the ruby red and adhered a strip of mustard under it. The twill tape is tied around a bit of hardware from the hodgepodge...pewter, I think. I paper pierced the bottom edge to kind of finish it off. I am so excited I have a Thanksgiving card done and it isn't even October!
Be sure to check out what the other BC girls came up with and have a great weekend!!

17 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is a wonderful effect, and such awesome color and images. Fabulous job with this week's challenge.

Chrissy D said...

Ohhh this is sooo pretty and soft! Love the look of your watercoloring technique! TFS!

Ida P. Krause said...

This is wonderful...I just love the soft and feathery way the leaves look on this card. Great technique.

Connie said...

This is beautiful! I love that technique! Great job...

Nikki Bond said...

What a beautiful look you achieved! This is really stunning! {SMILES}

Kerry D-C said...

ooooh.....aaaahhh! SO pretty! gorgeous card!

amycara said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL background and card! Love it!!!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Very pretty Beckie! The twill tape is such a great accent! Great job with the challenge! :D

thestampspot said...

This is beautiful. I love how the colours have blended together, magic!

:) Marcia

Bibbi said...

I love your card and the colores!

It's a brilliant card.

Have a nice weekend....

Kristen said...

gorgeous card. Your colors are great.

Lisa Bohler said...

What soothing and wonderful fall colors that you chose! Beautiful card!

Lori said...

What a gorgeous effect, Beckie! Love the colors you used.

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh this is so pretty. What a wonderful flowing effect you created with your mister. Beautiful job...

Barbara said...

This is lovely....very "artsy!" So pretty, but simple...and the end result is wonderful. I'll have to try this myself. GREAT job on the challenge.....hope your "noodles" feel better soon!

MJ said...

What a great background. Lovely effect. I will have to try this out.

StampingSelene said...

This is really beautiful and soft! Great job and tyfs.