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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tranquil Waterfront PP376

Hi friends...oh my our fabulous friend Jaydee has a beautiful color challenge for us this week at The Paper Players!  Take a look:
 The colors are lovely together and I added a neutral, Crumb Cake, as my "+ any other color".  I've been playing around with a new photopolymer set--Waterfront--from the Occasions catalog.  As you would expect from the name it creates great waterfront scenes.  The stamps are designed to look like watercolor strokes but I enjoyed taking it a step further....
 ...and by a step further I mean, actually watercoloring with the stamp set!  I stamped each image onto watercolor paper and then used my Aqua Painter to spread the ink around and give it a real watercolor look.  Dapper Denim was used on the lake and both Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide were used to create the shoreline with trees.  Crumb Cake is my additional color and I used it to add some mountains to my scene and the Burlap background stamp on the card base.
I guess I cheated a little by adding a smidge of another color to my setting sun.  Lemon Lime Twist was looking a little green for a sunset so I added just an itty bitty bit of Yellow Brusho Crystals to the sun and it's reflection in the water.  Just that little bit, I think, helps define it as a setting sun--at least I hope it does!
Dapper Denim is a lovely dark shade of blue--too dark for the sky. Normally I would grab Soft Sky but since I had to stay within the challenge colors, I needed a way to make Dapper Denim much, much lighter.   Easy to do with a clear acrylic block and water!  Just add some ink to the block--I used my Aqua Painter but a brush would do--then add as much water as needed to dilute the color.  I had a test piece of paper nearby so I could get it just right.
I didn't want to use another piece of heavy watercolor paper on the inside so I just used the stamps as is on a piece of Whisper White.  This is what they look like when not smudged with an Aqua Painter--just as pretty, right?!

I'll tell you what else is pretty....all the lovely creations from the Design Team over at The Paper Players!  Check 'em out and then play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, January 19th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

12 comments:

June K said...

Gorgeous!

stampwithsandy said...

Gasp! This is gorgeous, Nance, a little piece of art! I had to come visit your blog right away to read how you created your card. You make it sound so easy!

laurie said...

Oh my! How lovely! Such a creative use of the colors, and they blend so well together...love this Nance!

Jaydee said...

Nance, this is stunning. what a wonderful way to take a stamp set and make it a true work of art. I love the touches of different shades of the colors and, as always, your inside is as stunning as your outside. GORGEOUS card, my friend
hugs
jaydee

Jan Clothier said...

This is so amazing! I love how you've watercoloured the watercolour stamps: it makes a great statement. A friend let me play with this set recently, as I don't have it, so I appreciate what you've done. I just couldn't get the hang of it at all. I like the burlap stamp in behind too. Fabulous!

Stampingcountry said...

Nancy, what a stunning card for the Paper Players Color Challenge!

LeAnne said...

This is amazing...I KNEW you would love this stamp set but I never imagined the work of art you would create with it! You're definitely an "artiste"!!! Beautiful!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance very artistic water-coloring.... You really used these colors great, and this would be a challenge for many. They are all deep and rich. However... I lovvvvvveee your watery sunset. Very nice touch.
PS: I just used this set this last weekend myself. I played around with many different colors and textures... I really like it a lot. I think I'll be using it for some masculine cards as well.
Hugs

Ann Abrahamson said...

I was so excited when I saw your card because my set just arrived and I can't wait to play! Your watercolored results are peacefully beautiful - such a FAB card for the color challenge!

Eliz Stewart said...

Nance...your card is fabulous...I would never have known you stamped it then watercolored over...I sincerely thought you had painted it from scratch. Just beautiful.

Claire Broadwater said...

Nance, this is gorgeous!!!!!! I just love what you did with this set. You are so clever! Such a relaxing scene! You should frame this beautiful work of art! I hope you are staying warm, My Friend! XXX

Joanne James said...

What a fabulous card Nance - it looks just like you watercoloured it from scratch! It really is gorgeous - love the inside detail too. Way to go!