Good Sunday morning. I made a card a couple of weeks ago using the Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle die and using bright red, white and blue. I also showed a photo of a much softer watercolor card made by Jeanne Streiff using the same die . For my project today I created a much more muted project in soft blues and cream and this time I added Sea Birds and lots of white sparkly sea foam.
I cut a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper into a 4.50” square, lined the die up on the paper and ran through the Big Shot. I colored the water and lighthouse using Copic markers. I added a touch of brown along the bottom edge of the lighthouse to create the appearance of a rocky ground base but I wish I hadn’t. I think it might have looked better in all blue. I added little yellow scraps of cardstock behind the window and attached with tape. I cut a 4.00” square of watercolor paper to use as the background for the scene. I used a large brush to wash the paper with plain water and got it very wet allowing the water to pool on the whole piece. I then applied full strength Broken China reinker and allowed the ink to run a bit before using the brush to smooth it out. I kept adding reinker until I got the color I wanted. I’ve said this many times in the past but it bears repeating. Distress reinkers are wonderful to watercolor with, are extremely concentrated and a little bit goes a very long way making it last almost forever.
I heat dried the background paper. I applied white embossing paste to both the water portion of the lighthouse piece as well as the watery background. I used my finger (one of my favorite tools) to lightly pat and tap the paste to create the sea foam and sprinkled clear glitter on it before it had a chance to dry. The litter stuck perfectly anywhere that I had touched with the paste. You can see a closer view below although none of the pictures show how pretty and sparkly it is in person. I attached the background to the lighthouse frame using strips of mounting tape. Next I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the frame layer and attached to the blue piece and then attached the whole thing to the card base using ATG adhesive.
I applied Antique Linen ink to the birds using a mini applicator, bent their wings a little with my fingers and attached to the frame with pieces of mounting tape. The smallest bird was attached to the background using rolled up glue dots. I really like that there are only a couple colors used that creates a sort of monochromatic feel.
Enjoy your holiday weekend and I sure do appreciate you coming by.
Card size: 5.00” square