Friday, May 9, 2014

Watercolor Cards

It doesn't happen very often that I post something that isn't a challenge.  But this is extra special because it's the cards I created as part of my homework from the Online Card Class.  The class started on Monday, and I am finally doing my Day 1 Homework. 

 My in house critic was a bit OCD about this one.  She didn't like the yellow at the bottom.  I say, it's watercolor, it's imperfectly perfect.  And I was trying to embrace my handwriting at the bottom edge.  I know with anything, practice makes perfect.  Since I don't have stamps that say what I want to say, I am going to go to Plan B:  do it myself!

I love the vibrant colors of these two cards.  I went to Michael's today and they have in the new mini Distress Ink sets.  Just two sets actually.  The sweet deal is they are buy one and get one half off.  I didn't have the picked raspberry or the orange marmalade in the bigger size. so I was jazzed.  I love this technique and will try it again in other colors later on.

First let me say, I love, love, love this technique.  I used 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper.  I know others in the class were struggling with this technique, but I did it twice without a problem.  The in-house critic liked this one the best.  She like the way the watercolor frames the sentiment.  As you can see I used a chevron stencil.  It came out very clear.  I have just one little package of those enamel dots.  They just aren't my style I guess.  But they complemented my card nicely.  It's hard to tell, but the card base is a deep purple CS that I've had probably 15 years.  Yes, I am a hoarder of paper.

Another card using the same technique with a different stencil.  I am needing to send this card out tomorrow.  Wanted to make sure I got a pic of it before then.  I recently purchased some sequins (I know, I am breaking my own rule of depleting my stash) from Pretty Pink Posh.  See that teeny tiny sequin in the bottom left corner, that's from her.  And few other ones. 

Okay, now to talk about depleting my stash.  I purchased some sequins from Lawn Fawn not that long ago, and I am very proud to say that they are almost all gone.  I am so proud of myself.

And, today I took a small bagful of my cards with envelopes to work and gave to my boss to use if our team ever needs to send a card to someone.  There is another nurse that makes cards for the team that they ask her the day before to make something and bring it in, and she DOES!  I couldn't do that.  I like to think and hem and haw for a while.  That's why I took what I already had.  Of course, I asked the other card maker if she would mind if I contributed.  And her reaction was priceless: YES, and thank you!

Thank you for stopping by!  I would love to hear from you and go visit your blog.   Traci


  1. I'm taking the class too, and I really had a hard time with it. I gave up after three tries. I'm thinking of taking some card in to work, too. My boss likes to send people little notes from time to time.

    1. Um, the stencil technique, I mean. I had a hard time with. Sheesh.