Friday, February 10, 2023


My last card for this week with the In the Country Stamp Set again features the old house--at least I've been calling it a house, but it could probably be whatever you want it to be.  Maybe I should have invited Bob Vila in for an update as it does look a little decrepit.

For today's card, I chose to use water coloring for the image and the background.

At least for me, water coloring is "less precise" because I can't always control where the water wants to go.  So, for this particular image, I thought water coloring might work well because, honestly, I couldn't always figure out what was going on everywhere in the image either.  LOL

I could see that there were vines and flowers scattered around the walls, but the exact distinction of leaves vs. flowers is less clear.

With water coloring I thought I could "fudge" what I didn't know, so that is what I did.

After finishing the building, I used my Water Painter to give a color wash to the ground and the sky.  I colored the ground first with Old Olive, and then checked my Color Coach to see what color blue worked best with the Crumb Cake House and Old Olive grass.  My "Coach" told me I should use Night of Navy.  Well, I was a little concerned that it would be way too dark, so I added plenty of water to my Night of Navy ink, and then I started color washing the sky.  I couldn't figure out why my Night of Navy sky seemed like it had green in it, and then I remembered that while I was so busy worrying about watering down the Night of Navy ink, that I had forgotten to clean my Water Painter after coloring the grass.  As a result, I got some green streaks and tones in the sky.  But I'm calling it my "Happy Mistake" because I actually think the little bit of green adds some interest to the sky. 

What do you think?

For the inside of the card, I just stamped a portion of the old house with Black Memento Ink in the lower left corner.  I'd had enough coloring by this time, so decided to just leave it as the black outline.

Simple card insides are fine.  Just make sure they aren't naked!  We spend so much time making our card fronts pretty that we don't want to have our insides feel left out.

If you would like a tutorial for today's card, you can download a copy at this link.

Below is a list of the Products used for this card.

Product List

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