Monday, June 11, 2012

Watercolored Motorcycle Card / Sweetshop Sketch Challenge #162

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Hey y'all. Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was packed. No MDS Monday today however. I think I got a little behind on my hydration yesterday as I was power washing and painting my front porch railings, because I ended up with a wicked migraine. I will try and get to it today.

Today's card is a special one I made for a special guy in my life. He loves to ride, so I got this stamp set specifically to make a card for him. I know it's retired, hope you won't hold it against me. This card fits the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. If you haven't checked them out yet, go on by when you get a chance. They have lots of great sketches.

Here's today's card-

Watercolored & Embossed Masculine Card with SU Motorcycle Stamp
This card is a first for me. This is the first card I've designed where I used my Aqua Painter and Watercolor Paper to create a watercolored image. I really enjoyed doing this and will be doing more. Ok, I enjoyed watercoloring the sky and grass. It was the rest of the focal point that gave me such grief. This was attempt #7. Ok, Ok, Ok, so my OCD was partially to blame. It took me a couple of tries to figure out that I needed to Heat Emboss my stamped image. Then it took another 4 tries to get the color for the bike just right.

Here's a close-up of the focal image-

Watercolored and Embossed Image, SU Motorcycle Stamp

My friend's bike is a beautiful, Royal Blue color, but we don't really have anything that color so I ended up mixing colors, finally settling on Not Quite Navy and Concord Crush layered together. I thought I might be able to use Pacific Point, but believe it or not, Not Quite Navy and Pacific Point look very similar to each other in watercolor.  After I got the color just where I wanted it, I colored over these spots with my VersaMarker and then applied Clear Embossing Powder and Heat Embossed to give the blue areas I glossy finish. I also tried (unsuccessfully) on one of the early attempts to use my VersaMarker & Pewter Heat Embossing Powder, to make some of the metal stand out. :(  I used Wild Wasabi for the grass and a mixture of Bashful Blue and Marina Mist for the sky. (I have to say I'm really excited by how this turned out!) I then sponged the edges with Not Quite Navy and Wild Wasabi. This panel was then popped up with dimensionals on my two colored panels, which were run through the Big Shot in my Lattice Embossing Folder.They were then mounted with dimensionals as well.

For the metallic background I used a piece of cardboard that comes with our DSP, covered it with our Glue Stick then adhered regular Aluminum Foil over it and ran it through my Big Shot with the same Lattice Embossing Folder. If you look closely you can see that even though both elements used the embossing folder, they are very different in appearance. I used the debossed side for the background and the embossed side for the Not Quite Navy and Wild Wasabi panels. I also lightly sponged over them to show make the embossing stand out a little more. The background panel was adhered with Tombow to a base of Night of Navy.

No inside to show you today. It's hard for me to do with most of my masculine cards. After I had mounted everything to the base I felt like something was missing....maybe some brads or something. Not sure. I still kind of feel like it needs something, but I'm ok with it missing whatever it's missing. At the end of the day what really matters is that my friend liked it and he did. I told him I felt like something was missing and he told me he loved it just like it was because I had made it for him. :) Hard to argue with that.

That's all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it inspires you to get out your Aqua Painters and try something new. I'd love to hear what you think. Your comments always make my day. If you'd like to +1 or Pin this, I've put the buttons on my sidebar for your convenience. Friends and Followers are always welcome too! :)

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Till next time-

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  1. COOL card Shannon. Love the image, the watercoloring... the textures and colors are fabulous! Great masculine design. Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop.

  2. Great masculine card! Thanks for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop!


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