Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Year of Incredibleness

My son, Josh,  and his girlfriend, Sunny,  have just come up from Maryland for Christmas and they are coming over to dinner tonight to celebrate Sunny's birthday, which is today.    I wanted to make her a special card.  They have just moved into a beautiful log cabin house on 30 acres of land so I thought it would be nice to use that theme.
I only have one stamp with a log cabin on it (Lakeside Cabin - Stampscapes) so that's what I used!  I stamped it in Archival Jet Black ink and because that ink stays wet a little bit longer, I was able to clear emboss it after stamping it.   
Then I got out some Ranger Distress inks (Salty Ocean, Forest Moss, Gathered Twins, Frayed Burlap) and rubbed each color onto my craft mat.  I dipped my brush in water than brushed it into a color on my mat and watercolored the image.  I just used simple brush strokes, up from the bottom of the trees over each tree and down from the land over each reflection of the trees in the water.  Then I watercolored the cabin.
Hopefully you can see some of the embossed texture in the photo above. It's really glossy IRL!
Inside I stamped "Here's to a Year of Incredibleness" from MFT.

I'm linking my card to:

I used stamps, watercoloring and clear embossing.

Stamps:  Lakeside Cabin - Stampscapes, Birthday Basics - PTI, Happy Birthday Hoppy Poppy - MFT.
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Vintage Cream, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap.
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, brush, water, craft mat, heat tool.


Marcia said...

Gorgeous card!!

Loll said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate Sunny's birthday and her and Josh's new family home. VERY special, Julia!! I have this same stamp and am sorry to say that I have it used it for several years. I love the idea of heat embossing and watercolour the image. It's really beautiful! xx

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Bonnie said...

A beautiful scene, Julia, and it sounds perfect for Sunny's birthday! It just needs a frame now. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Marcia HIll said...

WOW...absolutely GORGEOUS Julia! I'm sure Sunny will love it and keep it as a treasured keepsake! :0)

Christine Alexander said...

the perfect car for the occasion. I love your simple brush strokes to create that gorgeous scene.

Susan said...

Lovely card for both the birthday and the purchase of the new home! Beautiful watercolouring over the image - thanks for linking it up at CAS Watercolour!

Anke said...

WOW wonderful card, lovely scene.

Merry Christmas and Greetings from Germany

Karen D. said...

lovely scene...great card.
Thanks for playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge.
:) Karen

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Julia! What a beautiful card! Love the pretty serene scene! Surely Sunny loved it! Hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas!