Saturday, March 1, 2014

Merci !

I found several great challenges this afternoon, that I wanted to create cards for.  As I looked through them, I realized that the card I had in mind would fit several of those challenges.

The card didn't go quite as planned - that's an understatement.  But here are the challenges!

City Crafter Challenge Blog, Week #200 - Do you speak English?
     We're asked to use another language on our card...anything but English.

CAS-ology, Week 84 - The cue word is Paint

Virginia's View Challenge #1 - Watercoloring

ColourQ CQC #230
Ok.  I knew that I wanted my card to resemble a framed watercolor print.  Easy right?  Just use a couple of rectangular dies to create a frame of white card stock and some black matting. 

Well, the 2nd try turned out ok. 

WARNING: Long story ahead.
Onto the watercolor paper.  For my first attempt I painted the kraft color ink across the center of the panel.  Well that just made my sentiment appear to be in a mud puddle.  NOT the look I was going for.  The second time I painted turquoise in the center.  Much better! white embossed sentiment sorta got lost in the sea of blue.  Bright idea!  Use a gray marker to draw some shadow lines along the right sides of the letters.  UGH.  More mud!
By that time I had already adhered everything to my card base, of course.

So, I used a wet brush to add a bit more water to those muddy shadows.  It helped, to work it down into the paper and "almost" disappear.  Now the sentiment was lost at sea again, so I took more turquoise ink and nearly saturated then center of the panel with it.

I'm not sure what I think of this card, by now.  But, I'm leaving it alone.  I give up.  I've got to just laugh about it all now!  I would love to hear a story or two about your misadventures in paper crafting.  Please tell me!

Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), basic black (SU), water color paper (Canson)
Ink: summer starfruit, crumb cake, cool caribbean (SU), versamark
Stamps: think big favorites #3 (PTI)
Other: white embossing powder (SU), rectangle die (Lil' Inkers)


  1. Susie love your design, great water-coloured background white embossing. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology and the colourQ!

  2. Wow, Susie, your framed card is so serene and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your creative process! I'd say slightly more turquoise ink on the sentiment is the key, too! I love the way it is! I have wasted a lot of paper on water-coloring, too! I think Forrest Gump's saying about chocolate is just about the same for water-coloring (you never know what you gonna get...and that's part of the fun)! Please keep playing! So glad that you join the fun with the new VV Challenge!

  3. This is great!!Wonderful details!
    Thank you for joining City Crafter Challenge Blog this week and good luck!

  4. Very pretty card. Thank so much for playing along at CASology this week.

  5. Absolutely stunning!Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

  6. Such a beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  7. Hi Susie! Beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing this week at CCCB :-)

  8. Very pretty. I know watercolor is all the rage now, I need to get mine out and have a play.

  9. Playing with watercolours is always and experiment LOL! but your card turned out fabulous!


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