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