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Friday, March 2, 2012
My father just celebrated his 68th birthday. He and his wife, Susan, are avid gardeners...you should see their yard!! I used the "Homespun" stamp set to create this birthday card. (It's hard to find a masculine card that's "garden-ish") The background colors are Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. I ran the Vanilla through the Big Shot using the square lattice embossing folder. This is one of my favorites to use because you actually get a totally different image on each side. A little knot of Artichoke seam binding finished it off. The idea for this card was not mine originally, I saw it on another demo's site (sorry, it was so long ago I forgot who)
close up of water-coloring
The artichoke was stamped in Stayz-On (always a go-to when water coloring, our basic black ink will run and take on a purple hue). The image was then colored first with an aquapen and a retired ink Mellow Moss (sometimes you can't give up your favorites :0)I then used a blender pen with the same ink and colored in the darker sections. I love how this gives it depth. Hope you like it!