Country Charisma

This rustic style card features a few stamps from the Penny Black ‘country charisma’ set. The clear set includes a jug, a watering can and four floral/foliage stamps to pop in the jug. I had a rough plan in my head as I started stamping but it didn’t work quite how I had hoped. I almost quit half way through but I remembered a tip I had heard from the talented Jenna Rainey in one of her recent videos where she recommended not stopping too soon. Sometimes a painting or card can look unappealing part way through but balanced and complete when more detail, colour or texture is added.

I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper with some masking fluid splattered on it. I stamped the jug first in papertrey ink cubes ‘smokey shadow’ and ‘cocoa bean’. I blended the inks to fill the jug, adding extra ink from my glass mat where necessary. I let the jug dry before adding flowers and foliage. The leaves and flowers I inked with bright buttercup and olive twist ink cubes. I spritzed them lightly with water before stamping and did minimal blending with a very small brush on the panel. At this point it looked a little ho-hum so I took a chance and stamped another flower in ‘royal velvet’ and ‘enchanted evening’. Can we take a second to wonder how these delightful ink names are chosen? I think I would have fun with that job!  The purple flowers definitely added some contrast but it was still a bit of a patchy design; it lacked depth. I ruled a line of black soot ink across the panel then blended the ink downwards adding cocoa bean and stormy sea inks I’d already used and a few drops of the buttercup and royal velvet.

With the jug grounded I felt I was almost there but the background needed a little something. Trying to watercolour around all those little leaves was not an option so I pulled out the blending brushes and blended some bright buttercup ink around the edges and a little bit over the flowers. It is possible to add a very pale layer with a blending brush which was exactly what I needed for this design. I removed the masking fluid to reveal the white blotches adding to the overall rustic look.

To finish off the card I added a very narrow mat in the purply blue colour and attached that to a new fave, ‘luxe grey cardstock’. I think I mentioned recently the lovely luxe white textured cardstock from the Foiled Fox; it’s a creamy colour that works well with my watercolour paper. The same textured cardstock comes in grey; I rarely use grey card bases but I think that might change with this lovely luxe grey.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Supplies



13 Comments on “Country Charisma”

  1. Christine says:

    I’m glad you didn’t give up, this is gorgeous. I love the colours you used.

  2. Lynn says:

    I miss your classes so much. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  3. creatingincolors says:

    Beautiful! I love how you added the touches with the ink blending and the masking. Those details really complete this card.

  4. Jo-Anne H says:

    I’m glad you didn’t quit. The card is lovely.

  5. marilyn418 says:

    Stunning card and love the composition! I have a large water pitcher die that I’ve cut from copper foil and then filled with flowers…it was pretty but my flower arranging needed work. Like the way you grounded the flowers/pitcher as well. Thanks for inspiration…

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    So glad you didn’t give up too soon on this Heather; it turned out to be another winner. The purple Agapanthus type flower really lifts the composition. Gorgeous.

  7. Pat says:

    A really strong look with the pewter looking jug and table, and the flowers are so delicate and pretty and love the deep blue ones which really draw the eye. A fantastic card Heather. x

  8. ednamburgess says:

    I think it turned out beautifully. Just perfect. Glad you didn’t give up to begin with.

  9. Beautifully done, excellent coloring!

  10. Lagene says:

    Beautiful creation!

  11. patricia rowe says:

    I see this and shake my head in amazement. It is truly, truly remarkable and beautiful.
    I cannot in a million years ever figure out how you come up with these ideas and colors.
    Everything is so blended together. Thank you for sharing and showing us the tools you use.
    Tish


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