Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ambassador Challenge

Well, tonight is the night of the new release party for My Favorite Things. If you get a chance, be sure to check out the new Halloween images. I am in love!

I just posted my challenge on Splitcoast, and I challenged people to make a card using watercolors. You can use any form of watercolor you like (paints, pencils, crayons), and you can use as little or as much of this medium as you like. Watercolors just have to appear somewhere on the card. I hope people enjoy the challenge. If you want to participate, you have until this Sun to upload your card to the Splitcoast gallery. Be sure to tag it with the code Aug08MFTA1 and link your card to my thread. If you don't know how to do this, feel free to email me! On Monday morning, one participant at random will be chosen to win an MFT pre-released stamp set of their choice. Mmmm...prizes.

The card above is one I made to get people started on the challenge. I used an assortment of Twinkling H2O's and watercolor crayons to create a background wash. I chose three different colors to give the appearance of sky, water, and beach. I stamped the woman and dog onto a scrap of white paper using black Versafine ink. Versafine works really well when you want to watercolor. I then colored in the figures using watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I then layered the white paper onto a bright blue cardstock and popped it up using foam mounting tape. I stamped the saying using Versafine Deep Lagoon and stamped the shells onto another white scrap using a brown Tombo marker. Because Tombos are watersoluble, I ran a waterbrush over the top to spread the ink around and color the shells. I then cut out the shells and layered them onto the card.
Here is a closeup of the feet. I am including it to show that even though watercolors are translucent, if you add a second layer of color, you can get really nice shadows.

4 comments:

GiftsByHeidi said...

Laura, that is so cute! The colors are awesome.

Michãel said...

Congrats on hosting the ambassador challenge!

Anne said...

Very nice watercolor card! You make it look easy! :-)

Curt in Carmel said...

Laura, I love this card! I especially love how you brought the image "out" from the card! Really a great job!