Good morning! Today, I have a few items to discuss: first, a new project for you using a darling new set from Waffle Flower Stamps called Sweater Weather. Then some freaking AWESOME World Card Making Day sales, but we’ll get to those at the end of the post. Get comfy…. this is a long one. Now, here in the Midwest, we’ve had an exceptionally long summer, it seems. And it’s been freaking hot. And then we had about 10 days of stunningly gorgeous autumnal weather… crisp blue skies, a pleasant breeze, enough of a chill that you needed a jacket or a vest… and now we’re back to blistering heat, thankfully with a little less humidity. Here’s a fairly accurate representation of seasons in my area that I pulled from Google:
Our second summer is lasting far longer than a week, though, and I’m over it. So, in the spirit of channeling the weather I wish to have in my current location, I have created this card with the super cute new Sweater Weather set from Waffle Flower. Consider it my autumnal rain dance.
I began by die cutting and heat embossing the sweater using Brass embossing powder. Sometimes, I like to switch it up from the typical black, gold, or silver. The Brass has a pleasant warm undertone to it, which I thought would go nicely with my autumnal color scheme. I watercolored the sweater and the pretty embroidered details using my Daniel Smith watercolors with just three watercolors: Quinacridone Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Magenta, and Quinacridone Purple. I also die cut a few of the hearts included in the Sweater Weather die set, then dipped them in the Brass embossing powder three times to create a metallic accent.
I also created a background for my cute little sweater using the same watercolors, simply diluted with quite a bit of water to create a washed out effect. I also used the wet-on-wet technique to get maximum blending. I began by saturating a large section of an A2 panel of Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper with clean water, then dropped very diluted Quinacridone Purple, Magenta, and Burnt Sienna in the wet areas, smoothing everything out with my wet paintbrush, then cleaning it off and using the tip of the clean brush to pull the edges of the painted area out to make those pretty, organic, watercolor-y edges. I also dabbed a touch of Hero Arts’s Bronze Glimmer Ink onto my palette, diluted it, and flicked it onto my background to create some metallic splatters that matched nicely with my Brass embossing. I popped all of the die cut pieces up with dimensional foam adhesive, then added a Brass-embossed greeting from the Sweater Weather stamp set.
That’s all for my World Card Making Day project! Now, for some information on those amazing sales that we were discussing earlier 😉
The lovely ladies over at Ellen Hutson also have some festivities to celebrate World Card Making Day, including a 20% off sale!
There’s also a card sketch challenge happening here with a $50 Ellen Hutson shopping spree up for grabs to one lucky winner!
And finally, the sweet little honey bees over at Honey Bee Stamps have a coupon for 20% off the store this weekend using WCMD20. From Melissa:
Celebrate World Card Making Day with Honey Bee Stamps! Coupon code valid All Day Saturday 10/6 and Sunday 10/7. Coupon will take 20% off your Entire purchase… including clearance items! MUST use coupon code: WCMD20 at checkout to qualify. Not valid on past purchases or the purchase of gift cards. Coupon code valid world-wide, for retail orders only (not valid on wholesale orders).
How’s that for some retail therapy, eh? Now, go forth and shop! I know I will be!! 😉
Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you have a marvelous World Card Making Day!!