Thursday, March 26, 2009

For once, I can say, this is mine, you can't take it...as long as I know I have love, I can make it...

Happy Thursday, happy people! I'm headed over to my girlfriend's for a craft day and to kiss on baby Olivia (check her out HERE...is she not ADORABLE??), but before I go I have a couple of quick little Whipper Snapper cards to show you. The other day I stamped out a few of the images from Anna's new Little Critters set and watercolored them, so I decided to make them into some simple little cards.

I stamped this cute little elephant in Stazon on watercolor paper, then watercolored him with reinkers and a waterbrush. Is he not the CUTEST? I paired him with this sentiment from Sending Happy Thoughts, and added some brads and twine for a little sumpthin. The bashful blue card base measures 4.25" square. I haven't used this color in almost 2 years (since making 40 pocket card invites for my sister-in-law's baby shower! *grin*), but I quite like it now. Maybe you'll see it more...

Next I inked up this cute little giraffe:
Love him!! I'll tell ya a secret...to make watercoloring him EASY, I did a wash of Soft Sky, diluted with LOTS of water over the whole image. Yep, right over the giraffe! Once he was dry, I added the yellow, again over the whole giraffe, not worrying about his spots. I knew they'd be brown, and that the brown would cover up the yellow, so I didn't stress. Then I added the grass, and once it was all dry, I went back in with my blender pen (less water=more control) and colored the brown parts. Super easy, pain-free watercoloring! As long as you start with your lightest color and let each area completely dry, you're golden! Instead of waiting, I usually work on 2-3 images at the same time to keep me occupied. *wink*

So I added the sentiment from Little Critters, as well as some twine and a button. I had this ribbon on my desk and really liked the contrast of the ribbon with the twine, so I just went with it. Kinda fun, I think!

Ok, so I gotta go pack some stuff (what to take???? I'm stressing...), so I'll catch you later! Have a wonderful day!

8 comments:

Kim said...

I love your watercoloring Shannan - you make it look so easy!!!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my gosh, Shannan. . .ADORABLE!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Have fun crafting, Shannan! These are adorable cards - loved the watercolor tip. Now if I could only teach myself to be PATIENT while the layers dry. LOL

shel9999 said...

SOooooo cute, Shannan!

Libby Hickson said...

Super duper cute Shannan! Thanks for the great watercoloring tip - duh - I never think of these sorta obvious things without brilliant people like you telling me! Have fun with your friend and that ADORABLE baby (yes, I had to go look!!).

Martha said...

both are so so cute!

Mellis said...

Pretty cards!

Nancy B. aka Jean said...

Shannon, I love both of these cards. wonderful watercoloring job.

I added you to my blog list a while back....But I'm ashamed of myself. Cause I rarely check out your blog.

But believe me now that I have check out your blog. I will be back again!!

Thanks for taking the time to create these wonderful cards.

Have a super Easter too!

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