Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sorry You're Laid Up

A family member of ours recently suffered a broken femur. My mom asked me yesterday if I had any get well cards that I wasn't using, and I said no, but I could make one. So this is what I came up with. I made this card inspired by the current Lawnscaping Challenge: Watercolor.

I began by die cutting 2 panels of 140 lb. Canson watercolor paper with the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Stitched Rectangle" dies. I used one of the pieces just for the waves, die cutting those with one of the "Stitched Borders 3" dies by Pretty Pink Posh. I also cut another waves panel from the bottom of my other die cut panel, for a total of 3 waves layers.

For the sky portion, I first stamped the greeting in Versafine Onyx Black ink, using Lawn Fawn's "Riley's ABC's," and heat embossed it with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. Once that had cooled, I smooshed Broken China Distress ink onto my non-stick craft mat and added water to the ink. I wet my watercolor panel with clear water, and applied the watered-down Broken China to the sky. I did the same with my waves, using Broken China, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, & Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks. After I'd finished painting each piece, I dried them with my heat tool, then painted over them again, to deepen the color a bit. Finally, I set those aside to finish drying, while I worked on the focal image.

I stamped the otter from Lawn Fawn's "Year Five" mini set in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto a scrap of watercolor paper. Using a couple of photos I found through Google for reference, I colored him with my Inktense pencils, blending the colors with a damp paintbrush. Once that had dried, I added "fur" with my white Sakura gel pen. Finally, I die cut him with the coordinating die.

To assemble the card, I first adhered my sky panel to a white A2 card base, leaving a 1/4" border on the top & sides. I then adhered the background waves directly to the card base. I popped up the middle and foreground wave layers on foam tape, and glued the otter to the middle layer with Perfect Paper Adhesive. Finally, I drew a line around the outside of my panel with a fine-tip black Pitt pen and ruler.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #295: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Create with Critters


  1. What a fantastic card, what would certainly cheer me up !
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  2. Cute! The water looks great for your otter.

  3. Your card is so sweet! Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion. We would love to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

  4. such a sweet card. sure to cheer up the recipient. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa DT xx

  5. he's so cute, love the water!


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