Monday, April 2, 2018

You Bring Sunshine

Hello friends!  I'm excited to be guest designing at the CAS Watercolour challenge for the month of April!!  I was thrilled when Loll emailed me to ask, and of course I couldn't say yes fast enough

With the April theme of "Bird" I knew I had to use this little chick (ETA: or maybe a baby duckling?).  I adore the umbrella and boots, and that she seems to be so enjoying those April showers!  After stamping on watercolor paper, I used Distress Inks to brightly watercolor this cutie.

I painted each part of the image separately to keep the colors from running (mainly because I tend to be a sloppy painter!), then let everything dry before applying very watered down Peacock Feathers in the background around the chick and the umbrella.  The raindrops coming from the sky were stamped as an afterthought, and I added the same colors as the puddle, then covered all the drops with a crystal glaze.

After the watercolored panel dried, I used a stitched rectangle die to trim it down, then layered that on a slightly larger piece of bright yellow card stock.  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment so I could be sure it was straight and centered, then added the watercolored panel.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added a link to the challenge above, so be sure to check out all the beautiful DT inspiration and join us this month!


Product details
Stamps:  Showers and Flowers, Choose Joy (both SSS)
Paper:  Bright Yellow, Ivory (both SSS), Arches cold press watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers
Other:  Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze


Marcia Hill said...

Sweet, SWEET card Stef! I just LOVE the image you used (been having FUN playing with all the images from that cute SSS set!) and you water coloured her just beautifully!! So glad to have to playing along with us this month at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

nancy littrell said...

Oh my, Such a cute beautifully colored chick image, Stef. I love how your Distress Inks gave your chick such a bright and cheerful look on a rainy day. TFS and so pleased you will be with us the month of April as our Guest Designer. Hugs...

Susan (rainy) said...

That image is just the cutest! Love this beautiful and bright and joyful creation.

Mac Mable said...

So cute and so adorable. Vibrant and gorgeous colours and the most perfect sentiment for your fun and beautiful card x

Pat said...

What a cute and fun image Stef, I'm afraid I called him a duck on the CAS Watercolour Blog, but really should have guessed he was a sweet little Easter chick in that pretty yellow. I love the added raindrops and the stitched mat and yellow layer beneath go beautifully, and the sentiment is just perfect as a finishing touch. x

Loll said...

Adorable!! Love this sweet image Stef! You can't help but smile when you see how much fun she is having playing in the big puddle. :) Your watercolouring is fantastic ... great shading to add so much depth and dimension. Thanks for being our Guest Designer this month at CAS Watercolour! xx

Christine Alexander said...

OMG he's so adorable with his little umbrella :) Love your card.

Susan said...

What a happy cheerful card for a gloomy day! Love the bright colours, the adorable duck, the thin yellow border! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at CAS Watercolour this month.

Karen Dunbrook said...

such a delightful happy you are our GD this month.
x Karen

Bonnie said...

I love your bright, happy duck, Stef! The bright colors are so happy and the sentiment really fits the mood! Thanks so much for joining our CAS Watercolour Design Team this month as Guest Designer!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Congratulations on the GD spot at CAS Watercolour Challenge, Stef!
This is such a cute and cheerful bird (or baby duckling?) card! Your watercolouring is so beautiful with great shading. It's worth waiting for the ink to dry at each step.
The yellow matte contributes to making the card look even brighter and happier.