Puppy’s Quilt

I created this sweet dog card for a friend to give her grand-daughter. You know it is unusual to see animals on my cards but this stamp had the perfect mix of watercolourable-quilt and not-too-difficult-to-paint dog. The colour scheme is all my own choice, no surprises there, but some of the technique was provided by the talented and prolific Sandy Allnock. When she created with this stamp she used the opportunity to teach how to paint a bold shadow. I decided not to add a bold shadow but just watching her paint the image was helpful. It made me realise there was absolutely no need to add more than one colour to each quilt square even though the fabric included patterns.

I stamped the image on hot pressed watercolour paper in versafine clair morning mist, a pigment ink which would not move when I added water and watercolour paint over the top. I used Sennelier watercolours for all the painting and to create a custom watercolour mat to frame the image also. I watched Sandy’s video more than once to help me paint the dog taking care to leave some areas bright white while the sections closer to the quilt were shadowy and grey.

The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions ‘simple strips’ set stamped in versafine deep lagoon and cut with the co-ordinating simple strips die. If you haven’t seen the simple strips series from TE they are very clever; you get one large stamp with 18 different sentiments and one die that cuts them all into banner style strips. Very handy to have a bunch of strips on hand to add to cards. It isn’t noticeable in the photos but the blue watercoloured mat has some texture as I embossed it with the weathered embossing folder, also from Taylored Expressions.


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5 Comments on “Puppy’s Quilt”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    Naturally I was a bit amazed that you had a dog on your card. Well, we have benefited by your coloring this card. It is outstanding. Seems to be a tad tedious with having to paint in the many quilt patterns, yet your explanation flows so smoothly that struggling with this would not seem likely to happen.
    My dog or cat would fit beautifully on this bed.
    Thank you .
    Tish Rowe

  2. nancystiz says:

    I just love this card. It warms the heat! Perfectly painted with a looser watercolor look. This is fantastic, Heather! Love how the shading is done on this too.

  3. Pat says:

    This is beautiful Heather and a great card for your friend’s granddaughter, and I love the background bed with its pretty quilt and background wallpaper too, and love the black and white dog..he should be called patch I think. x

  4. Loll says:

    Amazing work Heather. I LOVE this sweet dog on the quilt. He looks so comfy and happy! 🙂 Great colouring of the dog and the quilt. Always wonderful to get tips from another artist. The quilt is definitely busy enough with one colour per square. xx

  5. […] and a black stamped image from the Colorado Craft Company. My first card with this stamp, ‘puppy’s quilt‘ featured watercolour and lots of blue. This time I have included more white which is always […]

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