Saturday, January 17, 2015

Distress Watercolor - Part 2

I know I say this every time, but I really can't believe we have arrived at Number 20 for the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge!  I hope all of you are having as much fun as we are creating these projects!

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!

Susan


38 comments :

  1. Beautiful card, Susan! I love the shimmer you achieved on your dragonfly.

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  2. Oooh what a delicate and beautiful card, I love the dragonfly coupled with the gorgeous papers... what a beauty x

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  3. Pretty, feminine card, Susan! Of course, I love the dragonflies and that Dragonfly Legend stamp is an all time favorite. Pretty colors, thanks for that teaspoon of spring. I think we all need it!

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  4. Susan...this is a beautiful card! I adore that blueprint dragonfly stamp. You have done such a perfect job on this technique and the floral paper as a background is simply lovely.

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  5. Hello feminine softness! LOVE the dragonfly amid this paper! Gorgeous and sweet!

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  6. The G45 paper is gorgeous and suits the watercoloured dragonfly so well, along with that beautiful bow. Very feminine and very Spring-like.

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  7. My favourite stamp! It looks amazing how you have coloured it on the watercolour paper? The little brad just matches and the G45 paper has a lovely Spring feel.
    Jan x

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  8. Beautiful birthday card anyone would be happy to receive,

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  9. Gorgeous! So very beautifully colored, and has inspired me to break out my own stash of the Bird Song paper, which I have been hoarding for so long! I like how the dragonfly brad turned out; I have no idea why I haven't thought of painting brads before.

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  10. Beautiful Birthday Card ... your watercoloring is so pretty; I love Seedless Preserves dragonfly brad... nice touch ! Yes the watercolor paper is amazing ... love it !

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  11. OMG!! Soooooo pretty, Susan!! I swear I can smell the sweet perfume from the pretty flowers that the dragonfly is attracted to, too :) :) Just soooo pretty!! OMG--and that cute little dragonfly brad that you painted! The cutest little embellies ever!! Love this card!! XOXO-Shari

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  12. That dragonfly stamp is one of my favorites, too, Susan. This is such a gorgeous card. I recognized that Graphic 45 paper right away. It matches your blog! (close) Your watercoloring is so light and lovely, your fussy cutting is excellent, and the added ribbon finishes the card off perfectly. I'm so glad we got to spend time together again this year at CHA. I'm already looking forward to next year. ((hugs))

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  13. What a beautiful card ! Your watercolor technique is amazing, I wish mine was 1/10 as good as yours .. I'm going to keep practicing :) You are patient to fussy cut .. but it adds an amazing look to the card. Beautiful project !!!!

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  14. What a lovely card to find in one's mailbox! Just stunning!

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  15. I can hear angle's singing as I look at this gorgeous, feminine card! I could stare at this for hours! You are one lucky group of girls to spend days together at CHA! Thank you for sharing your inspiring artwork!

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  16. That's a perfect stamp for this technique! Love how you've colored it and those gorgeous flowers. Miss ya xx

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  17. Gorgeous card, images are so crisp. Makes me think of spring!

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  18. Absolutely georgeous! I love the colors

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  19. What a sweet birthday card. Love the muted colours :)

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  20. This is so soft and feminine, and really sweet. Such a lovely project.

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  21. Susan, Your card is just lovely. So nice to see a touch of spring at this time of year. Your dragonfly showcased the watercolor technique beautifully and I just love how you brought your background to the forefront with the fussy cut flowers. I just purchased that stamp and I can't wait to use it.

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  22. A gorgeous stamp and a gorgeous creation.Nikki xx

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  23. Lovely card! One of my favorite stamps. The wing colors are just amazing.

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  24. Your creation is a refreshingly spring burst that gently draws its audience into actually feeling WARMER!!! Such wonderfully crafted work!!

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  25. That fussy cutting of the flowers... PERFECT! And the drop shadow on the dragonfly too. Such dimension...it just pops off the computer screen!

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  26. Your card is beautiful! Your shadowing came out perfectly.and I love how you added the additional flowers, 'though that would drive me nuts. (Oh, and the way your card coordinates with your blog background!)

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  27. That dragonfly is one of my favourite stamp!! Your card is absolutely stunning!!

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  28. Beautiful card! Love the soft look of the watercoloring. :)

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  29. oh this is one of my favorite stamps!! this is a beautiful card. =)

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  30. I love this stamp too and you have certainly done it justice with your watercoloring. Beautiful work.

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  31. So pretty ! I love how you have coloured your dragon fly Toni x

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  32. Your Birthday card is beautiful. The water coloring on the dragonfly, especially the wings, is gorgeous. I love Tim's watercolor paper too.

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  33. This is stunning - such a lovely card!

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  34. I love this stamp Susan and it looks fabulous on your pretty card!

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  35. Love all those beautiful colors in the wings.

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