Hello! It’s time for another Creative Fingers Challenge and my inspiration for this challenge is a masculine card that has a real Australian influence.
I started the card by creating the background with a simple watercolor scene that showed a large water hole, sandy plains and a distant mountain range. I used Ranger Distress watercolor paper, taped down with painter’s tape to keep the paper from warping, and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints that I mixed with quite a bit of water before applying it to wet paper. Once the background was dry, I also added a couple of clouds with white Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolor paint and I added a few flicks of the metallic paint to the water’s surface to replicate reflection. I set the watercolor aside to dry completely while I die cut the silhouette images for the foreground.
Using black cardstock, I cut a Crafts4U Aussie Camper, a Memory Box Birch Tree and one of each bird and tree from a generic die set. I glued each tree and the camper directly onto the watercolor panel and, once dry, I die cut the entire scene with a large generic scalloped oval frame die. I discarded the frame the die actually cut, only reserving the central oval piece of the scene. I centered the oval on a 5″×6.5 cream card base, using Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive and placed a book on top to make sure the glue was able to attach the heavy grade watercolor paper to the card base.
To give the scene a frame, I used the same generic scalloped oval die and die cut a piece of gold mirror board. As the watercolor paper is quite thick, I also die cut a second piece of cream card to glue to the back of the mirror board. The two die cuts glued together gave me a frame that was the same thickness as the watercolor paper. I added the frame to the card with more Multi Medium Matte Adhesive and again, placed the book on top to ensure a good bond.
Finally, I die cut a small birthday greeting, using a Cheery Lynn Designs Happy Birthday die, from a scrap piece of mirror board and three more from cream cardstock. All of these were backed with double sided adhesive before cutting. I stacked all 4 layers of the greeting together and added them to the top corner of the scene.
If you’re new to watercolor, there’s plenty of free online lessons available and that’s how I learned, by watching and experimenting. I am, by no means, experienced enough to give any instructions on techniques. In fact, this background is the first I’ve seriously attempted and I made my mistakes along the way. After all, mistakes can be the best lessons!
Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊