It’s just two weeks before Othman and I go on the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Incentive Trip. This year it’s a seven-day cruise round the Greek Islands. We prefer land-based holidays because we like exploring places we visit. Although we can still do this when we dock at various islands, we have to keep one eye on the time so the ship doesn’t sail without us!
We fly to Rome a day early to avoid having to get up at silly o’clock on 7th July to catch a suitable flight! I need to make twenty-six card swaps and twenty-six 3D swaps. The next two weeks covers a month-end, so I also have customer thank you cards, and thank you gifts to make. The good news is that I only have time for crafting, no time for chores! YAY! Yesterday I did the biggest job of them all which was making the 3D swaps, which need to ne decorated. I know what I’m making as my customer thank you gifts, so I feel that I’m halfway there.
Today’s card is the FIRST watercolouring I’ve ever done, that I’m happy to share! I didn’t want to take any chances and decided to use watercolour paper. While I was making my 3D swaps yesterday, I had my iPad on YouTube. Cardmaking videos played one after another. There was a video by US Stampin’ Up! demo Sharon Armstrong, and there was something about it that caught my attention. I sat and watched the video, and felt confident that I could do it!
I followed Sharon’s instructions and used an Aqua Painter to wet the Watercolour Paper. Instead of filling my Aqua Painter with water, I dipped the brush in a small glass of water. I chose to do it this way because I never seem to be able to keep control of the water flow. This method worked brilliantly for me. I couldn’t get any ink to transfer from my ink pad onto the lid This was remedied by pouring two or three drops of ink from my re-inker bottle.
I CASE’d Sharon’s card, changing several aspects, except the ship on the watercolour wash! I’m amazed how well it came out – I will definitely be using this technique again! From start to finish, it all worked brilliantly, and I felt very chuffed that after all these years, I’ve actually done my first successful piece of watercolouring! Many thanks, Sharon!!
I’m always very conscious not to make masculine cards dark and dreary. It’s an easy trap to fall into, so I chose Balmy Blue as my main colour with Night of Navy, and Whisper White – a very peaceful and relaxing colour combo! When I had finished the image, I adhered it to a layer of Balmy Blue Cardstock (CS) and then a layer of Night of Navy CS. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Shimmery White CS using Night of Navy Ink. I used one of the dies from the Smooth Sailing Dies that coordinates with the Sailing Home Stamp Set. Next I die cut another one in Balmy Blue CS, and one in Night of Navy CS.
I assembled my card and needed some embellishments to finish it off. I added three strips 3/16″ Braide Linen Trim, that went under the image, and adhered at the back. The image looked as if it was shrinking back into itself, so I added four silver Designer Elements – one in each corner. This made the card look well balanced. To decorate the inside of my card, I added a layer of Whisper CS, and a layer of Night of Navy CS. I stamped the same ship as on the front of the card in the bottom right hand cornerusing Night of Navy Ink. My final touch was to paint the Balmy Blue waterccolour wash with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a terrific Tuesday, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
Products used: please click on any link to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop.