Friday 26 June 2015

Making a Splash

Hi everybody.  I'm always in need of lots of masculine birthday cards and the latest Addicted to CAS challenge is entitled 'Splash', so I got out my Sheena Douglass stamps and I particularly like the lighthouse in her A Little Bit Scenic - Sea Scapes set and have used it before and I thought I could make it work for some challenges.

I started by stamping the image using Black Archival ink on to a piece of white card and also on to a scrap of white paper to make a mask.  I cut this out and placed over the stamped image.  I have some tubes of watercolour paint and I put a squeeze of two blues, French Ultramarine and Manganese Blue into a spray bottle and added a little water and then sprayed the white card with this spray and then dried using my heat gun.  I did this several times until I was happy with the colour.  The sprayed colour is quite soft and unfortunately I don't think it is very easy to see the sprayed effect.  I then used some more of my watercolour paints with a brush to colour the image.   It is sometimes quite difficult to glue this to the base card as some warping occurs when using a lot of water, so I stood a heavy book on top of it over night which did improve it significantly.  There was still a bit of a problem with the top edge which didn't stick very well, so I had to pull it apart to add more glue and in so doing I creased the top edge a little which you can see in the photo.  I did glue the sentiment in that area to try and hide it but unfortunately you can still see it a little.

For the sentiment I used a snippet of white card sprayed with the blue paints and then dried with my heat gun.  I need the sentiment to be a bit darker so I put some of the French Ultramarine and a tiny bit of Alazarin Crimson on to my glass mat and added a little water and swiped the piece of card through it several times until I was happy with the colour, and then I cut it out using a Britannia sentiment die.

These paints have been stuck outside in the garage for years because I did do a little watercolouring a number of years ago, but since we moved to our present house we are so limited for space that they stayed outside in the garage, but as I have decided to give watercolour painting another go, DH searched them out for me and they have now taken their place with the rest of my creative clutter  I thought they might have dried up but they seem ok and I thought as I needed to spray some paint, and as I don't have any bottles of ink to do this with, that this would be a good alternative.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Pat  x

I am also entering the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers - Sprays/Mists.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Sprays + Mist.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
CAS on Sunday - One Layer.


Barb Ghig said...

Oh, this is so pretty, Pat! Such a lovely, calm scene with all the water splashing around your lighthouse! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

Jean said...

This is lovely Pat, I love the lighthouse scene and your watercolouring is great.
Jean x

Loll said...

This is so beautiful Pat!! Love this serene scene you've created. Your sprayed background is so soft and pretty. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS and Happy Little Stampers. xx

Bonnie said...

This is such a pretty scene, Pat! I can almost hear those waves splashing! I know what you mean about the warping. I've started putting the whole card under a heavy book(s) after I adhere it. It seems to help on some anyway. Thanks for sharing with us at ATCAS! And for visiting me too.

Di said...

A lovely scene Pat and I'm almost sure it's St. Mary's lighthouse near Whitley Bay in Northumberland. Sheena Douglass is a Northern lass of course and I do recall walks across the causeway to the lighthouse being a regular thing when I lived 'oop North'. Watching the tide closely of course :)Beautiful water colouring!

Have added you to the list for all the snippets prizes - good luck!


Di xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful masculine card Pat, the scene is wonderful. Happy Weekend, Shirleyxx

MaryH said...

Pat, it's lovely & perfect for either gender, I should think. Loved the softness of your sprays (and in the photo, your Amish feature did not show at all). With the sprays, sometimes in the photos, my cards will look sort of curved, but in reality, it's not noticeable (at least to my eyes!). Loved the idea that you made the sprays from the w/c paint tubes. It created such a nice soft misty look to the lighthouse scape. Finally got my Zig watercolor brush markers and gave them a try last even. I'm pretty rubbish with w/coloring, but think these might work better for me. I'm loving your results. TFS & Hugs

Suzanne C said...

What a lovely scene and charming card! Pretty design! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Melissa Bove said...

Beautiful card! Such a lovely image!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful "splash" card - Thanks for joining in at ATCAS!

anja curvers said...

Wow awesome card. Thanks for joining us over at CAS on sunday.