Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cattail Sunset - PP405

Hi friends!  Today's post is bittersweet, I guess it's a sunset of sorts for me too.  I've decided to step back from creating for The Paper Players design team and this is my last post for awhile.  Our daughter starts high school tomorrow--how did THAT happen??--and I've become increasingly involved in her school and activities.  Also working full-time and trying to carve out family time means that most weeks I have trouble getting into my craft room let alone actually making something!  However, I can't completely leave my fabulous gal pals on the team so I will still work behind the scenes as our blog administrator.  I hope to participate occasionally but my blog posts will be few and far between.  That lovely LeAnne is our hostess this week with a sunshine-y monochromatic color challenge:
To me, these colors were crying out for a sunset and sunsets make me think of silhouettes!  Luckily I just got an order of new-to-me dies from Simon Says Stamp (I blame my teammate Sandy for that one!) that included this pretty Cattail Triptych.  Take a look:
I used a piece of watercolor paper to create the sunset with ink pads and an Aqua Painter.  I've discovered the key, for me, to watercolors is to add layers of color allowing time to dry between each layer.  Pumpkin Pie is the base of the sunset, and because I don't yet have Mango Melody, substituted with Crushed Curry and lastly a So Saffron sky.  There's probably about three applications of color here which provides intense color and blending between each shade.  The triptych was run through the Big Shot on Basic Black cardstock and I used lots of dimensional trimmed verrrrry skinny to attach it to the base. The sentiment is from the Enjoy Life stamp set and reflects my feelings today as I write this post.
Inside, I used one of the brushstroke images from the Waterfront stamp set to mimic the setting sun.  Some silhouette images, also from the Enjoy Life stamp set, complete the look.

Be sure to check out the fabulous work of my teammates over at The Paper Players--maybe you will play along with us this week!  Stay tuned to The Paper Players for some fun surprises in the coming weeks.  Big thanks to all of you who follow me each week and even some who have been with my for years.  Knowing y'all are out there has kept me going as long as I have!  Until the next time...take care, sweet friends!
The Paper Players Design Team