I finished this piece just before I was lucky enough to go to the Craft and Hobby Trade Show in Anaheim, California with most of my dear friends and fellow members of the Curiosity Crew, including the lovely Linda Ledbetter (unfortunately several members could not attend this year). We have returned with lots of new ideas and inspiration which we hope to share with all of you.
Here is the card I created using this wonderful Distress Watercolor Part 2 technique:
I have wanted to use this fabulous Tim Holtz dragonfly stamp by Stampers Anonymous for such a long time! Even though we are still in the midst of Winter, I must say that, after being in California and returning to snow and cold, I am ready for some warmer weather and dragonflies!
Have you used Ranger's watercolor paper yet? I love it! There is so much detail on the paper and the ink colors stand out so beautifully!
I apologize I don't have a lot of step by step photos. However, here are a few close-ups of the card details:
After following the technique found on Page 40 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book which can still be purchased here, I added some more detail to the card. This is a silver dragonfly brad from Creative Impressions to which I added some Seedless Preserves Distress Paint (my favorite color) and placed it inside the "dragonfly" circle which is part of the stamp.
I took a scrap piece of the watercolor paper and stamped Happy Birthday from Tim's Simple Sayings. I cut the paper to the same width as my dragonfly piece and adhered pieces of aqua card stock to the backs to create two mats.
Next I had some beautiful Birdsong Cherry Blossoms paper from Graphic 45 which I thought would make a lovely background. I adhered both stamped and matted pieces to the G45 paper. I also wanted to add a few extra flowers, so I fussy cut several of the flowers from the paper and layered them to some foliage cut from Tim's Sizzix Alterations Spring Greenery die using green card stock accented with some Peeled Paint Distress ink. I then adhered more foliage to the base of the card underneath the Happy Birthday sentiment from Tim's Simple Sayings stamp set.
The watercolored dragonfly image and the Happy Birthday sentiments were both layered onto aqua card stock and adhered to Cherry Blossoms background paper. To finish this piece I used Tim's crinkle ribbon which was dyed with Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar Distress Paint, tied into a bow and adhered to the bottom of the card.
This 20th challenge is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. A $25.00 shopping spree will be awarded to one lucky randomly chosen winner. I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely owner, Linda, at the trade show. What a wonderful and sweet person she is!
Tim and Mario have another prize package awaiting the winner of the Curiosity Crew choice for this challenge. Head on over to Linda Ledbetter's site for all the rules on how to participate and possibly win this terrific prize package.
Come join us! We would love to see your creations!