Sunday, May 31, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

I recently sent in my Father's Day cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids. The idea is that hospitalized children can have a nice assortment of handmade cards to give their fathers for Father's Day. This is one of my cards.

I've had "The Old Truck" image from Fred, She Said for a long time now, and have never used it. I decided it would be perfect for a Father's Day card. The license plate on the truck reads "Clunker," so I could just see a kid--especially a teenager--giving this to his/her dad, as a bit of humor! Because I wanted the image to be a good size, I chose Operation Write Home's Sketch #38:

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees, but otherwise remained true to the proportions & dimensions.

I added a greeting from this Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set to the image, then printed it onto a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I used my Inktense pencils to color the image, blending the color with a damp brush. I did print off one of the colored images that come in "The Old Truck" set, just to make sure I was painting everything correctly. I also started off pretty light with my colors, and had to make a couple more passes on the truck to get the deeper values. I used regular watercolors for the grass, flowers, and sky, since they didn't have to be so precise.

After my painting had dried, I inked around the edges of the focal panel with Vintage Photo Distress ink. I cut 3 strips of patterned paper, all from my scrap stash, to go behind the main panel. I adhered them to a piece of navy cardstock that I'd cut to 4.25x5.5", and adhered the watercolor panel over top. Finally, I mounted this to a white A2 card base. Even though it's a simple card, it took me quite a while to get the painting right. Otherwise, it came together pretty quickly.

I'm entering this card in the May "Watercolor" challenge at Live Love Cards.


  1. You have mad skills with the Derwent Inktense pencils. I am saving to acquire the truck stamp. I used to sit in my Dad's lap to drive a similar truck when he farmed the neighbor's farm at age 8.

    1. Thank you so much! I think you'll love that image.

  2. I sent in my first batch of cards to this charity for Mother's Day. I love this FSS image and your very professional blending. I'm bookmarking your blog now!

  3. I received this card for Send A Smile 4 Kids:) It's an awesome card that I'm thrilled to share with "my" kids for someone's dad! :)


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