Happy Paper Players Sunday, friends! I'm so excited to share my card with you today! But first, let me tell you about this week's challenge with Jaydee as our hostess:
Truth be told, I used to be afraid of watercoloring but I've been practicing and practicing...and...you get the picture...now I think I can say that I actually like watercoloring! So, I busted out some watercolor paper, my ink pads and an Aqua Painter to make this birthday card for a dear friend:
I needed a masculine card so the clean-and-simple approach was perfect. The demure little bonsai in the Plant Hope set is ideal for my friend who likes Asian themes. I think the key to watercoloring, for me, is to layer the color by starting with the lightest shade. With several light applications, you end up with a shade that has more dimension than an image colored with a single color. Use the darker color to add shading allowing some of the light color to peek through.
For the pot, I started with several light coats of Calypso Coral only adding Poppy Parade on the edges. For the tree, I started with Pear Pizzazz and added a punch of color with Lucky Limeade while the tree trunk and branches was a blend of Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. This method does take some patience as the water needs to dry between each coat otherwise it will run. Of course, I wouldn't know anything about that....no, not me, not at all! LOL. To finish it off I added two score lines with my Simply Scored board and tucked a piece of Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon underneath. You can't really tell in the photo but that's a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock under the ribbon--it adds just the right touch of glam. Coz, even guys like a little sparkle!
I hope you liked today's card--I would love to know what you think! Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for their fabulous take on this challenge. I hope you'll join us in The Paper Players gallery--the challenge will close on Friday, April 20th at Noon (PST).
The Paper Players Design Team
Shirley Pumpkin (April GD)
Stamps: Plant Hope; Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede classic ink; Timber Brown Stazon
Paper: Basic Black, Brushed Gold CS; Watercolor paperXtras: Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon; Simply Scored board; Aqua Painter