Watercolour florals and an exciting SundayPosted: May 7, 2012
I received a delightful surprise when I opened my email yesterday and saw that I had been chosen as the “Featured Stamper” on Splitcoast Stampers. I had a quick browse through the CASEs of my cards which stampers had already put in the gallery, but had to head out for most of the day. Straight after church our family drove down town to enjoy the 30th Anniversary Concert of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, which my daughter plays in. After the concert I was able to catch up on all the other cards which had been added to the gallery during the day. I found it intriguing which cards people chose to CASE. My gallery has over 300 cards in it and some stampers found inspiration from very early creations I had almost forgotten I’d made. There were a few favourites too which popped up several times.
Thank you to those of you who participated by CASing cards from my gallery; I felt very honoured and touched by the lovely comments.
I will not leave you without a card. This is one I made for my daughter’s violin teacher who lost a dear friend and fellow musician to a brain tumour recently. The inspiration for the card came from a beautiful (and more complex) card by Julia Stainton.
I definitely wanted the watercolour effect so I used Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper and wet it completely with a sponge before stamping the flowers and leaves from the transparent set, Flowers Sweet. Some flowers were stamped more than once in gradually darker colours, sometimes dampening the paper in between impressions so the ink would continue to blend. I used the Memento dye inks from Tsukineko which bleed and blend beautifully on damp watercolour paper. I finished if off with the music background, sentiment from Gratitude and some sponging around the edges before splitting the panel, matting it in Penny Black’s Mix & Match Grand Canyon paper and attaching to an ivory card base.