Dawn & Dusk

The star of today’s cards is the pretty cattails clique die from Penny Black. I cut it as a silhouette out of black cardstock for my dawn card and painted it for my dusk card later on in this post.

To create my dawn background I taped down some rough watercolour paper. More often than not I use hot pressed(smooth) watercolour paper but I decided this time to let the texture of rough paper add to my project. I taped across the panel about two thirds of the way down so I could paint the sky first. I used the wet into wet technique and painted first mustard seed, then worn lipstick, spiced marmalade and dusty concord distress stains onto the panel. In some places I blended the colours into each other but left one area lighter and more yellow to represent the sun. When that was dry I removed the tape and positioned it over the top section to reveal the lower section. I painted again with the same colours but blended it more to represent the reflection of the sky in the water.

I applied a double sided adhesive to black cardstock then die cut the ‘cattails clique’ out of it and attached it to the watercolour panel and added a sentiment in black ink.

For my dusk card I used cold pressed watercolour paper but this time started by splattering masking fluid over it. I then painted stormy sky and faded jeans distress stain over the panel diluting it with water towards the bottom. On separate pieces of cold pressed watercolour paper I painted gathered twigs distress stain across the top of each panel and mowed lawn distress stain over the bottom of the panel. Once they were dry I cut two more ‘cattails’ pieces to layer over my sky panel.

Before assembling the card I rubbed all the masking fluid off the blue painted panel to reveal ‘stars’ in the evening sky. I layered and offset my cattail die cuts, attached them at the bottom of the panel and matted the scene in dark blue cardstock.

I love creating scenes with stamps and dies so the cattails die makes me happy.


Stamps: Spiritual snippets (PB)
Dies: Cattail Clique (PB)
Inks: mustard seed, worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, dusty concord, stormy sky, faded jeans, mowed lawn, gathered twigs distress stains, versafine onyx black ink
Paper: roughcold pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock, blue cardstock
Also: masking fluid, double sided adhesive sheets

10 Comments on “Dawn & Dusk”

  1. Colleen M. Taylor says:

    Love all the techniques you incorporated into these cards. Lots of options and great finished cards. TFS

  2. creatingincolors says:

    I can’t decide which card I love best! They are both beautiful.

  3. Jan Castle says:

    Both card are lovely Heather…thanks for sharing how you did them!
    Paper Hugs,

  4. Chrystal says:

    Is the die cut of the cat tails recent?

  5. Chrystal Lewis says:

    Just watched this video on these new distress oxide inks. They look fun. Just thought I would make sure you don’t miss it.



  6. Pat says:

    The cattail silhouttes look great used on these two cards Heather. I adore the dawn scene with that wonderful yellow sun and the reflection in the water, and the contrast of the black silhouette, and then the dusk with the two coloured cattails laid over one another and the pretty starry dark blue sky looks fabulous. Two beautiful evocative scenes. x

  7. Susie Williams says:

    Yay!!! I have internet tonight. Heather we are in a 4 month caravan holiday through the Outback, we will be in Bourke tomorrow. I will be able to have a lovely long look at all of your wonderful creations then. These cards look so beautiful !!!

  8. Em says:

    The lighting in that “Dawn” card is nearly as awesome as nature itself and that is not easy to do.

  9. lollthompson says:

    Two beautiful versions of your design that look completely different. Especially love the sunset, Heather … great colours! xx

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