Hello stampers, crafers, and friends I hope that you are having a great day.  Today I am playing along with the Global Design Project’s weekly challenge.  Everyone knows that I love a good Challenge, be it a sketch, color, themed, or any other type.   I try to play along with them when I can, besides my design team commitments.

This week’s challenge over at the Global Design Project is a wonderful bright color challenge.   Here’s a look at my card that I created for this week’s challenge.

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Here’s a look at the color challenge card for this week.

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This was one of those challenges that I had to take part in once I saw the colors selected.  These are a few of my favorite colors so I had to create something.

This was one of those challenges that I had to take part in once I saw the colors selected.  These are a few of my favorite colors so I had to create something, and play along.  Once I started thinking about what I wanted to create I started out with a very different stamp set and in a very different direction.   Things were just not working out with my first attempt, so I played and tried to create a card with the first set that I had intended to use, but no matter what I did it was not working.  So I sat that option to the side and pulled in the Best Birds stamp set and started playing.

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I had actually been working on this idea for a week or so and just had not had time to play with the concept or put ink to paper.  I had not even created a sketch in my sketchbook yet.   But, today was the day to see if my idea would work out the way in envisioned.   I usually do not create cards on the fly without some type of simple sketch on paper and not just in my head.   So today I decided to go ahead and put my concept into something tangible.

More than Just an Accent:

I started out my card by stamping the birds and branch from the Best Birds stamp set (which is in the Annual catalog) onto Shimmery White cardstock; knowing that I would be watercoloring the images.  This cardstock is wonderful for watercoloring because it is a little thicker than the regular Whisper White cardstock, but not as thick as the Thick Whisper White (which would normally be my choice).

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The Shimmery white is also a great choice because it adds some sparkle to your project.   But, I knew I wanted just a little bit more sparkle so I opted to use the Wink-of-Stella Clear brush pen to do my watercoloring.  This would add more sparkle and shine to my project but also allow me to watercolor the images.   I started out with a traditional watercolor technique, meaning painting light to dark.  Once I got my lightest layer painted I heat set it because I did not want to wait for it to dry.  At this point I added more layers in the three colors.  I started out with Daffodil delight then Emerald Envy letting them mix and blend.  The last thing I added at this point was the Watermelon Wonder in select places.

Add A Little Detail:

After everything was dry I went back with my Stampin’ Write markers in the same three colors and added some darker shades in places and softening them out and glazing over the previous colors.  Once this was completed I dried the birds and the branch and cut them out using the matching thinlits with the Big Shot.   While I had the Big Shot out I cut out the largest heart in the Sweet & Sassy framelits in Watermelon Wonder, and set it aside.   It was time to work on the background.

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The sunrise background was created on a piece of 3 ¾ x 5 Shimmery White Cardstock.  I created the variegated washes by using Daffodil Delight at the bottom and Watermelon Wonder at the top, still using the Wink of Stella in a traditional style.   Once it was completed I dried it and attached it to my Emerald Envy mat (5 ¼ x 4).   This was placed on a 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 piece of Basic Gray cardstock to make the images pop.   I then took and attached the heart and the branch, making it look as if the heart was the rising sun.   After this was completed I added the male bird on top of the heart.  Next I added the female bird on Dimensionals on top of the male, to make her look as if she was slightly in front and nestled against him.   I wanted the birds to be nestled together to show love.  Since I created them to be Love Birds, it was very important for them to be nestled together.

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To finish off my card I used the Love is in the Air sentiment from my Lift Me Up Stamp set.   This was just the perfect sentiment for today’s card.   Since I used the Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder in the sky I need to use the Emerald Envy in some way.  So I inked up the sentiment first in Versamark and then in Emerald Envy classic ink.  Once that was done I added clear embossing powder over it and heat set the sentiment.

To finish off my card I placed it on a 5 ½ x 8 ½ Thick Whisper White cardstock, which was scored at 4 ¼.   To easily remember what I used to create this card you can save this pin. If you are viewing this by email you can click the header of the email and go to the blog post and save the product image for today’s project.

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Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you have a wonderful day, and have enjoyed my little watercolor project today.  If you would need any of the products that I used to create this card you can pick them up in my online store.

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Price: $110.00